11th January 2001

Imagination Technologies and Sharp Demonstrate the World’s Most Advanced Multi-Standard Mobile TV Module at MWC 2008


MWC, Barcelona, 11th February 2008: Imagination Technologies a leader in System-on-Chip Intellectual Property (SoC IP) is demonstrating Sharp Corporation’s new and highly advanced multi-standard, mobile TV module that incorporates Imagination’s mobile TV IP.

Sharp has developed the VA3B5EZ915, the world’s first dual-mode tuner module supporting both DVB-H and T-DMB terrestrial mobile digital broadcast reception. The receiver is highly integrated, featuring a high performance RF tuner LSI from Sharp, combined with baseband SoC also from Sharp that incorporates Imagination’s ENSIGMA UCC multi-standard demodulator technology and META MTX embedded 32-bit processor.

Sharp’s multi-standard mobile TV receiver module is being shown at Mobile World Congress 2008 in Barcelona from February 11th 14th on the Imagination Technologies booth (Hall 2, Stand 2A05).

The receiver module containing both the baseband receiver and RF tuner has extremely low power consumption of around 43mW for DVB-H reception. Its impressive compact and low-profile package is just 8.0 x 8.0 x 1.25 mm.

Sharp’s VA3B5EZ915 tuner module is designed to be embedded in a wide range of portable devices including phones and media players where compact size, low profile form factor, and low power consumption are key. The result is a dual-mode tuner module that supports both DVB-H and T-DMB broadcasts to complement a portable device’s other functions without significantly reducing battery life. The Sharp module is now being evaluated by leading OEMs and systems integrators.
Says Ryutaro Egawa, General Manager, RF Devices Division, Electronic Components Group, Sharp Corporation: “”Sharp is well known as a leading supplier of advanced components and modules for digital TV and 1-seg mobile TV, which we ship to many key manufacturers as well as Sharp itself. We intend to continue our success in global mobile TV markets by further expanding our mobile multimedia technologies. As part of this, we are very pleased to be working with Imagination Technologies, who we recognize are a world leader in multi-standard mobile TV demodulation.””

Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination Technologies observed: “”Imagination Technologies is a major player in mobile TV technologies. We have been very impressed with Sharp’s implementation of our unique multi-standard solution in their state-of-the-art mobile TV module. The VA3B5EZ915 is a module that demonstrates Sharp’s ability to achieve the highest levels of system level integration; the result is a high performance, extremely compact form factor and low-power module solution which we expect to be an industry leader. We believe that the result of our partnership with Sharp, a major blue chip supplier of multimedia technologies, demonstrates the true capabilities of our UCC-based receiver IP platform and its relevance to the global markets.

Imagination Technologies’ ENSIGMA UCC family of mobile TV receiver IP cores enables SoCs to provide multi-standard mobile TV reception in the same country and roam between countries with different standards. By supporting multiple standards on the same IP core, Imagination’s licensing partners are significantly reducing the total cost of ownership for global mobile TV technology, whilst enabling OEMs to build products that can be configured by software during deployment to meet regional or commercial requirements. The new generation UCC230 supports the widest range of standards available on a single receiver platform, including: DVB-H, DVB-T, 1seg, 3seg and 13seg ISDB-T, DAB-IP and T-DMB as well as DAB and DAB+ digital radio and FM radio with RDS. Imagination has four publicly announced licensees, including Sharp, for its multi-standard ENSIGMA UCC receiver IP core.

About Imagination Technologies
Imagination Technologies Group plc (FTSE:IMG) a leader in semiconductor System on Chip Intellectual Property (SoC IP) creates and licenses market-leading embedded graphics, video and display accelerators, multi-threaded processors and multi-standard receiver technologies. These IP solutions are complemented by dynamic and extensive developer and middleware ecosystems. Target markets include digital radio and audio; mobile phone multimedia; personal media players (PMP); in-car navigation & driver information; personal navigation devices (PND); Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC) and Mobile Internet Device (MID); digital TV & set top box; and mobile TV. Its licensees include leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies, as well as innovative leading edge start-up and fabless semiconductor companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.

About Sharp Corporation
Sharp Corporation is a worldwide developer of innovative products and core technologies that play a key role in shaping the future of electronics. As a leader in liquid crystal displays (LCDs) and digital technologies , Sharp offers one of the broadest and most advanced lines of consumer electronics, information products and electronic components, while also creating new network businesses. Sharp Corporation employs about 57,200 people in the world (as of September 30, 2007) and recorded consolidated annual sales of 3,127,771 million yen for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. For more information, please visit Sharp’s Web site at
www.sharp-world.com

Press Contact:
David Harold
tel +44 (0)1923 260 511
fax +44 (0)1923 270 188
email: david.harold@imgtec.com
Imagination Technologies
Imagination House
Home Park Estate
Kings Langley, Herts WD4 8LZ


All Press Releases