MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS, BARCELONA, Spain, February 13, 2008 – ARC International (LSE: ARK) today announced that Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company, is using ARC technology in the world’s smallest digital mobile TV receiver for DVB-H/T applications. The new AS-101 is produced in a 5mm x 5mm CSP package and integrates multi-band RF tuner, advanced OFDM demodulator, memory and interfaces onto a single 90nm CMOS die, with the receiver performance surpassing the MBRAI 2 and Nordig 1.0.3 specifications. This is part of a series of ARC customer announcements made today focused on the high-growth Mobile TV market. See related announcements dated February 13, 2008 from ARC International.
”ARC’s configurable cores enable us to build a powerful solution that addresses multiple Mobile TV markets and multiple standards,” explained Eric Gouze, head of business development at Abilis Systems. “Furthermore, we can integrate the entire digital TV receiver into a single antenna-to-digital chip, thus reducing design and production costs and lowering overall power consumption of the system.”
“The three announcements today from customers targeting the Mobile TV market reflects ARC’s strategy of enabling customers to deliver an enhanced user experience to consumers in high volume applications,” said Bill Jackson, vice president of marketing at ARC. “Consumers are unimpressed by technology but willingly pay for features that enhance their multimedia experience. Along with ubiquitous connectivity via WiFi and WiMAX hot spots, transportable content in flash memory, Mobile TV represents one of the most promising unit volume growth markets as consumers continue to drive OEMs for devices that allow them continuous multimedia content access anytime and anywhere.”
About Abilis Systems’ ARC-Based™ Designs
The latest family of Abilis chips is designed for the Mobile TV market and is in production now. Abilis used ARC’s configurability to integrate custom instructions and meet the requirements of small power consumption to extend battery life and small die size to reduce costs.
About Abilis Systems
Abilis Systems, a Kudelski Group company (SWX:KUD.VX) , provides true single-chip CMOS solutions for OFDM-based radio communications standards, enabling any electronics device with a display to receive digital TV broadcasts. By utilizing software-defined radio architectures to guarantee the highest quality of service in all reception conditions, combined with the latest low power technology, Abilis Systems enables a small footprint, low power television receiver which can support mobile and digital TV standards worldwide. The fabless semiconductor company’s unique ‘antenna-to-digital’ solution is easily integrated to output a digital TV video stream ready for decoding and display. Abilis Systems, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, also actively co-operates with sister companies of the Kudelski Group to develop complete hardware/software packages for highly secured conditional access systems. For more information, visit www.abilis.com
About ARC International plc
ARC International is the world leader in configurable multimedia subsystems and CPU/DSP processors. Used by over 140 companies worldwide, ARC's configurable solutions enable the creation of highly differentiated system-on-chips (SoCs) that ship in hundreds of millions of devices annually. ARC’s patented subsystems and cores are smaller, consume less power, and are less expensive to manufacture than competing products.
ARC International maintains a worldwide presence with corporate and research and development offices in California and St. Albans, UK. For more information visit www.ARC.com. ARC International is listed on the London Stock Exchange as ARC International plc (LSE: ARK).