160Mbps barrier broken by MT2170

Microtune has released the MicroTuner MT2170 input tuner that runs at 1GHz, making it the industry’s first to do so based on the CableLabs DOCSIS 2.0 specification. This means cable equipment manufacturers will be able to come up with devices that feature data transfer speeds of more than 160Mbps at a wider bandwidth (100MHz). The new MT2170 improves on its predecessor by featuring smaller tuner footprint and better power efficiency. Sampling of the MT2170 will begin in Q2 2007 for under the $5.00 mark in volume quantities. I guess we will see cable modems and CoIP set-top boxes sporting this new input tuner next year.

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