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ADCs (Analog to Digital Converters) Look To Bring HDTV To U.S. Cell Phones

HDTV on a 2-in. screen? Such a concept may challenge North American readers as the ultimate example of putting 10 pounds of goods in a five-pound sack. But Europeans, more accustomed to public transit and consistent phone and digital broadcast standards, may see the point. People in Japan already do. Two interlinked phenomena there are driving early demand for low-power, high-performance analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), which may eventually knock that five-pound-sack quip into orbit. Millions of Japanese commuters insist on using cell phones in subway tunnels and high-rise canyons. And, they want delivery of HDTV broadcasts. Such ubiquity depends on micro- and pico-cellular basestations and broadcast repeaters.

Recognizing this unfolding market, Linear Technology just introduced the first six members of a new family of 3.3-V ADCs for next-generation wideband CDMA (WCDMA) and HDTV broadcast/production applications.

A whole industry is going to arise from delivering HDTV content to cell phones. 2 inch screens aren't going to cut it, and they won't have to.

That's what we're here for.


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