SiTune unveils First tuner compatible with 8K TV standard_08.01.2016


Joseph O'Halloran

| 08 January 2016

Notwithstanding the total lack of mainstream support for 4KTV, SiTune has launched what it calls the first tuner capable of supporting the new ARIB STD-B44 standard for 8KTV via satellite.

As host country of the 2020 Olympics, Japan's broadcast industry will soon begin test broadcasts of 8K programming over satellite systems, to prepare for what the country’s electronics industry, supported heavily the Japanese Government, believes will be ‘highly anticipated’ demand of new 8K televisions. At the same time, Blu-ray recorders will be equipped with 8K tuners to give customers simultaneous ability to record multiple 8K videos on their recorders.

The tuner is designed to support NHK's initial test broadcasts of 8K Super Hi-Vision (SHV) content in 2016, as published by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in July 2015. It also makes it possible for time-shift TV to support 8K content over a one-week rolling window, including 8K content, for viewing on new 8KTVs.

In addition, it supports both satellite and terrestrial RF inputs while concurrently providing satellite and terrestrial outputs at the same time. Developed with SiTune's 55nm mixed-signal RF technology, the STN6528 receives one satellite signal in the 950-3220MHz spectrum and one terrestrial/cable signal in the UHF/VHF spectrum from 44 to 1002 MHz. The STN6528 is claimed also to provide a low-power consumption solution as well as a low bill of material (BOM) blueprint for the Japanese television and Blu-ray recorder market.

"SiTune is proud to be the first tuner vendor to support the new 8K satellite broadcast standard in Japan," said Ben Runyan, SiTune's VP of sales and marketing. "As new televisions capable of receiving 8K satellite broadcast are designed and built in 2016, SiTune will be ready with our new STN6528 tuner to support TV manufacturers, Blu-ray recorder makers, set-top boxes and module producers."