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TV makers drop the can tuner for silicon

bossanovalithium (1396323) writes | more than 3 years ago

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bossanovalithium (1396323) writes "Television makers will abandon the can tuner, which has been standard since the beginning of the small screen, and switch to single chip silicon tuners. Over 60 percent of sets worldwide are expected to feature the single-chip silicon tuner by 2014.

Shipments for the silicon tuners will rise to 175.5 million in 2014, up from 7.1 million in 2009, according to analysts at iSuppli — making the leap to 60.7 percent of all TV sets from 3.4 percent in 2009. iSuppli believes that while legacy technology has been picked off one by one by manufacturers, the traditional can tuner, not canned tuna, has been reluctant to push up the daisies.

The market is now realising silicon tuners sport a series of advantages over their traditional older sibling. Can tuners are made up of multiple discrete components which means they must be assembled and customised for each product, whereas the silicon tuner has a smaller form factor, consumes less power and importantly are "one-size-fits-all" — they don't require customisation."

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