Pinnacle Selects MicroTuner for USB TV Tuner Stick

Microtune(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:TUNE) announced that two of its MicroTuner(TM) chips are deployed as the radio frequency (RF) receivers in the new USB TV tuner stick of Pinnacle Systems, Inc. The Pinnacle PCTV(TM) Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick uses advanced silicon tuner and antenna diversity technology in an ultra-compact, lightweight, portable USB device that turns the PC into a TV and personal video recorder. Currently available on retail shelves in Europe, Pinnacle’s PCTV Diversity Stick enables users to watch, time shift, and record TV shows, even allowing picture-in-picture functionality and the simultaneous recording of two channels.

The Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick is built around two of Microtune’s MT2266 chips, the first in its family of ultra low-power, multi-mode, multi-standard tuners. The MT2266 enables users to access a variety of content across digital TV broadcasts, mobile TV broadcasts, digital radio and teletext services, while ensuring high quality and reliable reception. Supporting both the digital video broadcast-terrestrial (DVB-T) and digital video broadcast-handheld (DVB-H) standards, the MT2266 tuner is also engineered to deliver robust performance based on the NorDig Unified and MBRAI specifications.

“Pinnacle PCTV Dual DVB-T Diversity Stick represents the next generation in digital terrestrial TV, and we are pleased that the company has selected our new MT2266 tuners as the RF core,” said Gregory Zancewicz, Microtune’s Director of Broadband Marketing. “With its new USB line of video products, Pinnacle is offering exciting hardware solutions that bring total mobility to users who want to enjoy digital TV, either inside or outside the home.”

“As a leader in consumer video technology, Pinnacle is leveraging the flexibility and ease-of-installation of USB to provide a no-compromise solution that delivers best-in-class DVB-T reception, low power, and portability at an affordable price-point,” said Joern Lembke, Director of Product Management TV Viewing Group, Pinnacle Systems. “Microtune’s very low-power multi-standard tuner enables us to develop these innovative products by offering superior RF performance and design flexibility.”

Based on Microtune’s silicon tuner architecture, patent-pending technology and power management techniques, the MT2266 is a miniature, single-chip broadband TV tuner engineered to give manufacturers design flexibility and low operating power, at low cost, without compromising high performance. With power consumption of only 350 mW, half that of conventional DVB-T tuners, the MT2266 has minimal impact on the battery life. Additionally, Microtune’s patent-pending ClearTune(TM) technology, built into the MT2266, provides significant immunity to interfering signals, helping to minimize noise and distortion for consistent, stable picture quality.

Pinnacle Systems, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Avid Technology, Inc., is an industry leader in video editing solutions, TV tuners for the PC, and digital media adapters for the consumer market. The company’s product lines include Pinnacle PCTV(TM), Dazzle(R), Pinnacle ShowCenter(TM), Pinnacle Mobile Media(TM) and its flagship Pinnacle Studio(TM) line.

Avid Technology, Inc. is the world leader in digital nonlinear media creation, management, and distribution solutions, enabling film, video, audio, animation, games, and broadcast professionals to work more efficiently, productively, and creatively.

It is not unusual for Microtune to announce design wins, as referenced in this release, and the announcement of these design wins, or any other design win, should not be viewed as an indicator of Microtune revenues for any current or future reporting period.

Microtune, Inc. is a silicon and subsystems company that designs and markets radio frequency (RF) solutions for the worldwide broadband communications and transportation electronics markets. Inventor of the MicroTuner(TM) single-chip broadband tuner, Microtune offers a portfolio of advanced tuner, amplifier, and upconverter products that enable the delivery of information and entertainment across new classes of consumer electronics devices. The Company currently holds 69 U.S. patents for its technology. Founded in 1996, Microtune is headquartered in Plano, Texas, with key design and sales centers located around the world.

Microtune is a registered trademark and MicroTuner and ClearTune are trademarks of Microtune, Inc. Avid, is either a registered trademark or trademark of Avid Technology, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and/or other countries. Pinnacle Systems, the Pinnacle Pinwheel logo, Pinnacle PCTV, Dazzle, Pinnacle ShowCenter, Pinnacle Mobile Media and Pinnacle Studio are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Pinnacle Systems, Inc. and its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries.