Saturday, May 31, 2008

Digital Broadcast | Renesas HDTV Mobiles For 2009

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News passes long the interesting comment in the Nikki Electronics regional trade publication that mobile phones made in Japan could be HDTV ready for 2009, based on developments at Renesas Technology Corporation of Japan. Renesas has developed a processor for the 1920 x 1080 HD format. US Corporations NVIDIA and Texas Instruments had already made similar announcements late last year, as did Broadcom. Full story to be found at: Nikkei Electronics website Useful Contact details for RENESAS - an office near you! Renesas website - Europe Renesas website - Americas Renesas website - Singapore Japan - Headquarters Renesas Technology Corp. TEL: +81-3-5201-5111 FAX: +81-3-3270-5003 Nippon Bldg., 2-6-2, Ote-machi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0004, Japan Administration Companies - China - Renesas Technology (China) Co., Ltd. TEL: +86-21-6888-1911 FAX: +86-21-6887-2199 Unit 203, 208, AZIACenter, No.1233 Lujiazui Ring Rd, Pudong District, Shanghai 200120, China Sales Offices - Canada - Renesas Technology Canada Limited TEL: +1-905-898-5441 FAX: +1-905-898-3220 1101 Nicholson Road, Unit 5, Newmarket, ON L3Y 9C3, Canada - China - Renesas Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. TEL: +86-21-5877-1818 FAX: +86-21-6887-7858 / -7898 Unit 204, 205, AZIACenter, No.1233 Lujiazui Ring Rd, Pudong District, Shanghai 200120, China Renesas Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Beijing Branch TEL: +86-10-8286-1656 FAX: +86-10-8286-1657 Unit 603F, North Bldg., Tower C, Raycom Infotech Park, No.2 Kexueyuan Rd(s), Haidian District, Beijing 100080, China Renesas Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Qingdao Office TEL: +86-532-579-3222 FAX: +86-532-579-3255 25 I, Qingdao International Finance Center, 59 Hongkong Road (M), Qingdao 266071, China Renesas Technology (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. Dalian Office TEL: +86-411-3980-5858 FAX: +86-411-3980-5877 Room 2103, Tian An International Tower, No.88 Zhongshan Road, Zhongshan District、Dalian, Liaoning, China Renesas Technology Hong Kong Ltd. TEL: +852-2265-6688 FAX: +852-2377-3473 7F, North Tower, World Finance Centre, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong Renesas Technology Hong Kong Ltd. Shenzhen Representative Office TEL: +86-755-8283-5080 FAX: +86-755-2399-5080 Room 1802-6, Excellence Times Square, No. 4068 Yi Tian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 518048, China Renesas Technology Hong Kong Ltd. Xiamen Representative Office TEL: +86-592-3118-686 FAX: +86-592-3118-685 Unit 3002, 30F, The Bank Centre,No.189 Xiahe Road, Xiamen, Fujian 361003, China Renesas Technology Taiwan Co., Ltd. TEL: +886-2-2715-2888 FAX: +886-2-3518-3399 10F, No.99, Fu Hsing North Road, Taipei, 105, Taiwan - Denmark - Renesas Technology Europe Limited Denmark Branch TEL: +45-45-80-77-11 FAX: +45-45-80-77-54 Egebaekvej 98, DK-2850 Naerum, Denmark - Finland - Renesas Technology Europe Limited Finnish Branch TEL: +358-9-54064140 FAX: +358-94-55-21-52 Stella Business Park, Lars Sonckin Kaari 16, FIN-02600 Espoo, Finland - France - Renesas Technology Europe Limited French Branch TEL: +33-1-30-67-67-00 FAX: +33-1-30-67-67-10 16, 18 Avenue Morane Saulnier, Batiment A, F-78140 Vélizy, France - Germany, Austria, Benelux, Switzerland - Renesas Technology Europe GmbH Ratingen Office TEL: +49-2102-1243-0 FAX: +49-2102-1243-6000 Gothaer Strasse 18, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany Munich Office TEL: +49-89-380-70-0 FAX: +49-89-929-30-11 Europe Forum, Karl-Hammerschmidt-Str. 42, D-85609 Ascheim-Dornach, Germany Stuttgart Office TEL: +49-711-72-87-470 FAX: +49-711-72-47-21 Zettachring 4, D-70567 Stuttgart, Germany - Italy - Renesas Technology Europe Limited Italian Branch TEL: +39-02-48-77-061 FAX: +39-02-48-78-6321 Via Tommaso Gulli 39, I-20147 Milano, Italy - Korea - Renesas Technology Korea Co., Ltd. TEL: +82-2-796-3115 FAX: +82-2-796-2145 18F, Kukje Center Building, 191, 2-Ka, Hangang-Ro, Yongsan-Ku, Seoul 140-702, Korea - Malaysia - Renesas Technology Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. Marketing Office TEL: +60-3-7955-9390 FAX: +60-3-7955-9510 Unit 906, Block B, Menara Amcorp, Amcorp Trade Centre, No. 18, Jln Persiaran Barat, 46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia - Singapore - Renesas Technology Singapore Pte. Ltd. TEL: +65-6213-0200 FAX: +65-6278-8001 1 HarbourFront Avenue, #06-10, Keppel Bay Tower, Singapore 098632 - Sweden - Renesas Technology Europe Limited Swedish Branch TEL: +46-8-562-712-00 FAX: +46-8-562-712-01 Kanalvägen 3A, 3 TR., PO Box 836, SE-19428 Upplands Väsby, Sweden - Spain - Renesas Technology Europe Limited Spanish Branch TEL: +34-91-767-27-82 FAX: +34-91-383-85-11 Buganvilla 5 1D, E-28036 Madrid, Spain - Turkey - Renesas Technology Europe Limited Turkish Branch TEL: +90-212-5727533 FAX: +90-212-5727531 Cevizlik mah, Istanbul cad. Atin 2 İş Merkezi, No. 26/1 34142 Bakırköy - Istanbul, Turkey - United Kingdom - Renesas Technology Europe Limited European Headquarters TEL: +44-1628-585-100 FAX: +44-1628-585-900 Dukes Meadow, Millboard Road, Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, SL8 5FH, U.K. - U.S.A. - Renesas Technology America, Inc. U.S. Headquarters TEL: +1-408-382-7500 FAX: +1-408-382-7501 450 Holger Way, San Jose, CA 95134-1368, U.S.A. Detroit Area Office TEL: +1-248-374-4100 FAX: +1-248-344-1793 26200 Town Center Drive, Suite 220, Novi, MI 48375, U.S.A. Durham Office TEL: +1-919-794-3770 FAX: +1-919-688-9287 324 Blackwell Street, Washington Bldg., Bay 6, Suite 620 Durham, NC 27701, U.S.A Design and Application Technologies Companies - China - Renesas Semiconductor Design (Beijing) Co., Ltd. TEL: +86-10-8286-1450 FAX: +86-10-8286-1451 5F, North Bldg., Tower C, Raycom Infotech Park, No.2 Kexueyuan Rd(S), Haidian District, Beijing 100080, China Renesas Semiconductor Design (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Shzhou Branch TEL: +86-512-6762-6056 FAX: +86-512-6761-0833 176 JinJiHuLu, Suzhou Inderstrial Park, Suzhou 215021, China Renesas System Solutions (Beijing) Co., Ltd. TEL: +86-10-8286-1810 FAX: +86-10-8286-1812 Rm 604A, North Bldg., Tower C, Raycom Infotech Park, No.2 Kexueyuan Rd(S), Haidian District, Beijing 100080, China Renesas System Solutions (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Shanghai Branch TEL: +86-21-6888-0556 FAX: +86-21-6888-0559 Unit 207, AZIACenter, No.1233 Lujiazui Ring Rd, Pudong District, Shanghai 200120, China Renesas System Solutions (Beijing) Co., Ltd. Shenzhen Branch TEL: +86-755-8283-5260 FAX: +86-755-2399-5095 Room 1807-10, 18/F, Excellence Times Square, 4068 Yi Tian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen City 518048, China Renesas System Solutions Hong Kong Ltd. TEL: +852-2265-6688 FAX: +852-2376-3865 Unit 706, 7F North Tower, World Finance Centre, Harbour City, Canton Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong - France - Renesas Design France S.A.S TEL: +33-2-23-21-2800 FAX: +33-2-23-21-2801 14A rue du Patis Tatelin, 35700 Rennes, France - Malaysia - Renesas Semiconductor Design (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. TEL: +60-4-643-8121 FAX: +60-4-643-4190 Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, 11900 Penang, Malaysia - Vietnam - Renesas Design Viet Nam Co., Ltd. TEL: +84-8-770-0255 FAX: +84-8-770-0249 Tan Thuan Road, Tan Thuan Export Processing Zone, District 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Manufacturing Companies - China - Renesas Semiconductor (Beijing) Co., Ltd. TEL: +86-10-6298-0843 FAX: +86-10-6298-0841 7# 8th Street, Shangdi Information Industry Base, Haidian District, Beijing 100085, China Renesas Semiconductor (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. TEL: +86-512-6762-6056 FAX: +86-512-6762-5133 176 JinJiHuLu, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou 215021, China - Germany - Renesas Semiconductor Europe (Landshut) GmbH TEL: +49-871-684-0 FAX: +49-871-684-150 Jenaer Strasse 1, D-84034 Landshut, Germany - Malaysia - Renesas Semiconductor (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. TEL: +60-4-643-8121 FAX: +60-4-643-4190 Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, 11900 Penang, Malaysia Renesas Semiconductor Technology (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. TEL: +60-4-643-8121 FAX: +60-4-643-4190 Bayan Lepas Free Industrial Zone, 11900 Penang, Malaysia Renesas Semiconductor (Kedah) Sdn. Bhd. TEL: +60-4-489-2241 FAX: +60-4-489-1667 Kulim Industrial Estate, 09000 Kulim, Kedah, Malaysia Business Corporation - Japan - Renesas SP Drivers Inc. TEL: +81-42-325-1111 FAX: +81-42-327-8693 5-20-1 Josui-honcho, Kodaira, Tokyo, Japan Other Contacts - Australia - Hitachi Australia Pty Ltd. TEL: +61-2-9888-4100 FAX: +61-2-9888-4931 Level 3, 82 Waterloo Road North Ryde, NSW 2113, Sydney, Australia - Czech Republic - Hitachi Europe Ltd. TEL: +420-234-064-516 FAX: +420-234-064-515 4D Center, Kodanska 46, 110 00 Prague 10, Czech Republic - India - Hitachi India Trading Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi Office TEL: +91-11-2331-5635 FAX: +91-11-2231-3742 10th Floor, Hindustan Times House, 18-20, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi 110001, India Bangalore Branch Office TEL: +91-80-2238-6986 FAX: +91-80-2238-6988 Unit 101, 1st Floor, Shah Sultan Complex, No.17, Cunningham Road, Bangalore 560052, India - Israel - Hitachi Data Systems TEL: +972-9-97-10-400 FAX: +972-9-97-10-405 Corex Building, 27 Maskit St., IL-Herzlia 46733, Israel - South Africa - Hitachi Europe Ltd. TEL: +27-12-653-2758 FAX: +27-12-653-2758 PO Box 53853, Wierdapark 0149, Republic of South Africa - Thailand - Hitachi Asia (Thailand) Co., Ltd. TEL: +66-2-632-9292 FAX: +66-2-632-7674 18th Floor, Ramaland Bldg., No.952 Rama IV Road, Bangkrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Digital Broadcasters | Japan Mobile ISDB-T Sales Off Y-O-Y

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia(DBVNA) notes that in Japan, mobile hand device sales to end users are on the slide. 1Q/2008 sales dropped to 13.2 million units a decrease of 10.1 per cent year-on-year, according to a report by Gartner, Inc (NYSE:IT) research findings. "There were no new phone features in the first quarter of 2008 that were strong enough to drive growth, unlike the first quarter of 2007. During that period a music player function was introduced as was an embedded digital broadcasting terrestrial ISDB-T tuner. These benefits persuaded users to replace their devices," said Nahoko Mitsuyama, principal analyst for mobile communications research at Gartner, based in Tokyo. The ISDB-T (HDTV type) Tuner contained integrated services. "The proportion of WCDMA devices sold in Japan decreased from 63.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2007 to less than 30 per cent in the first quarter of 2008. Conversely, the proportion of high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) devices rose sharply from 1.9 per cent to more than 35 per cent in the same period," Mr Mitsuyama added. 1Q/2008 Asia Pacific Mobile Device Sales Up 26.6% Y-o-Y. Overall in Asia-Pacific though in 1Q/2008 sales remained bouyant. Some 114.4 million mobile devices were sold in the region. This represented a 26.6 per cent increase over the first quarter of 2007. India remained a high-growth market, and South Korea became a high growth market as well during the quarter, as consumers upgraded their handsets before the new extended contracts are put in place by operators in the second quarter of 2008. "Growth in Asia-Pacific was driven by a high number of new subscribers, lower-priced phones based on wideband code division multiple access (WCDMA) technology, as well as low-cost global system for mobile communications (GSM) phones and ultra-low-cost CDMA devices," said Anshul Gupta, principal research analyst for mobile terminals at Gartner, based in Mumbai, India. The data Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia(DBVNA) shows here is taken from the latest report by Gartner Inc (NYSE: IT). "Dataquest Insight: Market Share for Mobile Devices, 1Q08"is available at

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Digital Radio | Iran Festival Boosts Radio Programs: ABU

You're reading this story on Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia: From the Tehran Times Art Desk:

TEHRAN -- The Secretary-General of the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), David Astley is convinced that the annual festival of radio in Iran helps develop radio programs in the region. Participating in the press conference held at the venue of Tehran’s Radio building, IRIB Deputy Director Hassan Khojasteh, and Alireza Nuri, the secretary of the festival, elaborated on the programs of the 9th International Radio Festival of Iran running from May 20 to 22, 2008. Astley: “This is the third time I am in Iran and I am happy to see great progress in radio programs each time. This festival indicates a good progress and I think Iran’s great endeavor will help develop radio programs in the region.” He also appreciated Khojasteh for holding such programs, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) is one of most active members of ABU and it plays a major role in the Middle East. Events like this will help study world radio programs from various points of view.” Astley also announced that they will try to cover the news of this year’s festival through ABU website. Khojasteh was the next who made a speech and said, “IRIB believes enhancing activities of international organizations like ABU will benefit all members and each member must try to boots its programs. Iran is also planning to hold several other conferences this year.” With reference to the increase in the number of radio channels across the country, he said, “I believe the older the radio gets, the younger its programs become, and for further freshness, radio requires new theories.” “Radio, the Voice of Cultures” is the motto of the 9th International Radio Festival of Iran. Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia Source: ---------

Digital Vendor | NDS Opens New Delhi Office

NDS Asia Pacific, owned by NDS Group plc (NASDAQ: NNDS) has informed Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia, that it has opened a sales and support office in New Delhi. A leading provider of technology solutions for digital Pay TV, NDS already has a Mumbai office and a Bangalore Research and Development Center. With 900 staff already working in India, NDS says it is committed to providing continuing support to the Indian PAY TV market and to investing in further expansion. With unprecedented emphasis on technology research and development, NDS says it ensures its customers are market leaders, today and tomorrow. Commenting in Mumbai, Sue Taylor, VP and General Manager of NDS Asia Pacific said, "NDS is very optimistic about the growth of the Indian Pay TV market." Latest research shows that India's digital Pay TV market will lead the Asia-Pacific region in revenue generation by 2015. India's established Pay TV market leaders, Tata Sky, Hathaway Cable and Datacom, as well as new market entrants Bharti and Digital Entertainment Network (DEN), all rely on NDS systems to protect and enable their Pay TV services.

Time Warner Cable | 2008 Cable Show

Fox BusinessNews has a wrap of the 2008 Cable Show in New Orleans on the role of Time Warner Cable (TWC) as the industry moves forward. Rebecca Gomez interviews Peter Stern VP for Strategic Planning at Time Warner Cable. Stern addresses: time shifting consumer options, giving customers greater control to watch what they want, when they want and through what equipment using the innovative "Star Over" product. He also addresses the Verizon Network competition, the Sprint and ClearWire JV with TWC, and the way forward incorporating 4G, the next generation phone interface/wi-fi. Watch the Fox Business News video interview with Peter Stern at the 2008 Cable Show.

Digital Broadcast Asia | SingTel Now Into Mobile TV

In a formal announcement to Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) said it had launched its Mobile TV service in Singapore today using Nokia Siemens Networks’ Mobile TV streaming solution to become one of the first in Asia-Pacific. This service complements SingTel's mio TV service and adds another dimension to accessing quality pay TV content anytime, anywhere. The new service includes live TV channels with electronic program guide (EPG) information and video-on-demand (VoD) . SingTel is using Version 3.5 of Nokia Siemens Media Delivery Solution (MDS) as its Mobile TV platform while the phone application is based on Adobe’s Flash Lite technology. The MDS can incorporate video streaming (unicast), and future technologies. Respective company executives for this project are: Wong Soon Nam, VP Consumer Marketing, SingTel and Thomas Yeo, Head of SingTel Singapore Customer Team, Nokia Siemens Networks. “This deal demonstrates our ability to partner with forward thinking operators like SingTel to make the most of industry-leading solutions such as Nokia Siemens Networks’ MDS.” Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia regards SingTel as Asia’s largest multi-market mobile operator, serving more than 185 million customers in eight markets including Australia.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Broadcasters| US Radio-TV Tops 175m Weekly Audience Worldwide

United States Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) Chairman, James Glassman said in Washington on May 15 that the government funded international broadcasting outlets reached a 175 million audience on a weekly basis. The figure is up from 155 million audience in 2007. Mr Glassman was addressing a meeting of the "Heritage Foundation". BBG's broadcasters include the Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL), the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia (RFA), and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí). In his speech, Glassman pointed to recent events in Burma and Tibet. VOA and RFA warned the Burmese people of the potential severity of cyclone Nargis days before official Burmese media, and both broadcasters provided breaking news coverage of pro-democracy protests in Tibet in March and the subsequent Chinese crackdown. The BBG global audience estimate is based on measured audiences from independent surveys conducted worldwide in accordance with industry-standard research methods. Audience gains in Indonesia, Nigeria, and Syria, in particular, helped drive the increase. Weekly audience is one element in a wide range of quantitative and qualitative data scrutinized by BBG to ensure continued delivery of high-quality content. "Our research probes questions such as whether our audiences trust our news and whether our broadcasts are helping to improve their understanding of their world and America," Glassman said. "On those two counts - and on less tangible measures - the BBG is performing well." The BBG website carries the full text of Glassman's speech. Meanwhile BBG, the US government funded broadcasting effort is behind that of its main western rival,the BBC. Latest figures show that the combined global radio and TV audience outside of the United Kingdom reached 233 million, as per a BBC press statement of 21.05.2007.

Digital Broadcasters | Fox Makes 2 in India for Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch's STAR India has the sub continent covered with its STAR-DEN 50:50 joint venture with the Digital Entertainment Network. Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia hears that following re-positioning of the Hong Kong based, Star Group last year, the other Murdoch TV broadcast group, FOX has recently applied to India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for an operator's licence to carry six FOX TV Channels, namely: Baby TV, Fox Crime, FX (Fox extended), National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Music and National Geographic Wild. india

Digital Broadcaster | Kalaignar TV Chooses Harris To Equip

Digital Broadcasters Vendor News Asia has been informed by the Hong Kong office of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) that Madras-based, Kalaignar TV has installed a broad based range of Harris automation products for its satellite broadcast operations that officially launched on air in February 2008. Sharad Kumar, company director and shareholder (20 per cent) at Kalaignar TV said of the deal: “Key factors in our decision to select Harris included the reliability, scalability and collaborative, seamless workflow of the NEXIO interoperable broadcast solution". Kalaignar TV's studio and transmission playout installation includes a Harris server solution for playout and editing, including:
- NEXIO servers with 19.2 TB storage,
- the Velocity NX full-featured HD promotions craft editor;
- the NEXIO Ingest Control Manager for managing scheduled line feed recordings;
- and the NEXIO PlayList application for sequencing and playing content to air. The installation also includes a peripheral system, including 6800+ modular core processing products, the SuiteView multi-source display processor, the Panacea Clean/Quiet Switch router, master clocks and sync generators. Local distributor for Harris, Primeasure Technologies Pvt. Ltd facilitated the deal. The value was not specified. Plans are now at an advanced stage for the launch of a 24/7 News Channel in Tamil. It has been a bumpy start to Kalaignar. The station poached a number of staff in front of, and behind the cameras from Tamil language rival, Sun TV Network and it is reported that this became the center of a dispute with Kalanidhi Maran the major shareholder at Sun TV in May 2007 that pushed back the trial launch of the Tamil music channel to September 2007. The formal branding of the channel took place in January 2008 and was packaged into "Isaiyaruvi TV". Kalaignar now forms part of Sun TV's DTH network serving India's southern states and Sri Lanka. Targetting mainly the Tamil speakers in Tamil Nadhu state, Digital Broadcasters Vendor News understands that Kalaignar Television has signed up popular film personalities to provide program content to support the TV broadcast rights to a number of latest movie telecast rights. Tags: Kalaignar TV, Harris, Sun, Tamil, Nexio