Sharp develops world’s smallest digital TV tuner

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Old 15-Jan-2011
Sharp develops world’s smallest digital TV tuner

Sharp has this week unveiled the world’s smallest, most compact digital TV tuner yet. Although on it’s own that might not be ground breaking news, it does offer up a couple of benefits consumers will appreciate.
The most obvious of these benefits is the small size allowing for thinner TVs. A digital tuner is now an integral part of any new TV as more territories make the switch to digital-only viewing, so incorporating a smaller tuner means more space for other components, or the ability to make the TV thinner.
The second benefit Sharp is touting involves the quality of the reception. Sharp has built-in a digital signal processor and low-noise amplifier meaning improved reception and a better viewing experience. So not only is this component small, it may offer the best digital picture and sound experience.
If you are wondering just how small this unit is the picture above should give a you a good idea. The actual dimensions are 30 x 29.6 x 5mm. It consumes 0.93 watts, and is 70% smaller than the previous model.
Such a tiny device commands a large price, however, with Sharp shipping the tuner from August 30 at a cost of $224 each.

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