Cyberlink and DiBcom to offer full DVB-H system for PCs

Cyberlink and DiBcom this week said they would work together to develop a Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows XP DVB-H system.

The Windows Mobile product is not much of a surprise, but putting DVB-H on a PC is likely to be a short term market which could die once Intel feels it is worthwhile putting a mobile TV chip on the motherboard, likely to be later this year or early next.

Cyberlink and DiBcom have worked together for many years, developing systems for the DVB-T terrestrial digital TV market and have already shipped millions of DVB-T demodulators.

“Mobile TV is a hot growing trend, we feel the time is right to provide a
complete hardware and software solution for customers in the DVB-H market,” said Alice Chang, CyberLink’s CEO. “Through our long-term cooperation with leading DVB-H provider DiBcom, we are able to develop CyberLink Mobile TV Solution for our customers.”

CyberLink current sells the PC applications PowerDVD, PowerDirector, PowerCinema, and DVD Solution.

Intel this week moved to partner DiBcom rival Siano Mobile (see separate story).

Cyberlink will combine its software stack with DiBcom’s hardware – firmware demodulator technology and its recently introduced DIB-7070H chip. Form factors for this solution will initially be available in DVB-H SDIO Cards for Windows Mobile 5.0 handheld devices, quickly followed by DVB-H USB sticks for Windows XP-based PCs.

A full software solution, including power management, support for handover (which has been field tested) and enhanced zapping time, is also available. DiBcom says that its CMOS DVB-H chip consumes just 40mW in DVB-H mode.

The new system will be available in Q4 2006, and dropped into end user products by Q1 2007, the companies said.