Thomson Unveils Unique Mobile Set-Top Box With Antennas And LCD Screen

Thomson Unveils Unique Mobile Set-Top Box With Antennas And LCD Screen

Paris, -/September 5, 2005 – Wi-Fi Technology News/- Confirming its commitment to developing advanced technology solutions for network operators, Thomson (Euronext 18453) (NYSE: TMS) unveiled the world’s first mobile set-top box with integrated antennas and LCD screen, the DTI0601, designed to receive digital terrestrial broadcast channels in multiple environments.

On display at the Internationale Funkaustellung (IFA) in Berlin this week, and at the upcoming International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) show in Amsterdam, this groundbreaking system not only functions as a standard set-top box, but also operates as a portable system for use in the home or elsewhere and as a crystal-clear, personal picture and sound system in cars, city buses and other mobile situations.[1]

For consumers, this innovative mobile set-top box will lead to a totally new entertainment experience. Used as a standard set-top box either connected to the main TV set or to another set in the home or elsewhere, it allows users to enjoy digital terrestrial broadcast without the need for any external antenna connections. Perhaps of even more interest, is its mobile functionality which enables users to watch live digital terrestrial programming, such as worldwide sports events and news, whilst on the move.

For operators, this new mobile set-top box creates new revenue opportunities through its appeal both to existing and potential viewers. Support for integrated Conditional Access, will also enable operators to offer Pay-TV services via a SIM card slot in the future. Thomson’s long-standing experience in the industry and close relationships with its customers also mean that solutions tailored to meet specific operator requirements are possible.

Addition to Portfolio of Network Access Devices

The launch of this device marks a further enhancement of Thomson’s existing and planned portfolio of network access devices aimed at enabling network operators and content providers to satisfy their customers’ appetites for digital content anytime and anywhere.

“Leveraged from our number one position in digital set-top boxes worldwide, the development of this new mobile set-top box technology validates Thomson’s strategy to provide our network operator partners and consumers with innovative products,” said Koen van Driel, Senior Vice President, Satellite and Terrestrial Worldwide, of Thomson’s Access Platforms & Gateways Business Unit. “An excellent example of our commitment to pioneering research and development, it further enhances Thomson’s value proposition to its media and entertainment client base,” he added.

Product Features

Small in size, yet full of features and functionality, this beautifully-designed digital, mobile set-top box, the DTI0601, can receive hundreds of digital broadcast channels displayed on a crystal-clear 11cm LCD wide-screen as well as digital free-to-air radio reception. A unique “diversity” antenna system, consisting of two specially designed mini antennas each connected to a separate tuner, combined with a special chipset, provides for superior picture quality, and more reliable and truly mobile terrestrial broadcast reception. Each antenna amplifies the other resulting in uninterrupted picture and sound.

This mobile device continuously combines the signals, ensuring optimal reception even in busy metropolitan areas, and with an optional external antenna even at high speeds. Designed to fit in a coat pocket, the DTI0601 measures only 17 cm by 9 cm and weighs just 425 grams. The mobile set-top box can be connected to a television using composite video or SCART or to a computer for software downloads via the included USB 2.0 cable. The unit also includes a remote control, headphones which shut out ambient noise and a protective carrying pouch. The mobile set-top box operates on a rechargeable battery that provides up to 2,5 hours play time and a 12-volt car adapter is available as an extra option.

The DTI0601 will be available in the UK, Australia, France, Germany and Italy in early 2006.

About Thomson:
(Euronext Paris: 18453) (NYSE: TMS) provides services, systems and equipment, and technology to help its Media & Entertainment clients – ontent creators, content distributors and users of its technology – realize their business goals and optimize their performance in a rapidly changing technology environment. The Group is the preferred partner to the Media & Entertainment Industries through its Technicolor, Grass Valley, RCA and Thomson brands.

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Thomson’s Access Platforms and Gateways (AP&G) activity, part of the company’s Systems and Equipment division, is a leading supplier of digital entertainment receivers to the world’s major satellite and terrestrial broadcasters. It is also a major innovator in the provision of digital set-top boxes and high speed modems to cable operators. In addition, it is one of the leading suppliers of high-speed modems and gateways, Internet Protocol (IP) set top boxes, IP system integration services and telephones to telecom operators and ISPs around the globe. Also part of Thomson’s Access Platforms & Gateways Business Unit are subsidiaries Inventel and Cirpack.

Complementing Thomson’s offering in IP telephony and triple play services (voice, video and data), Inventel is a European leader in home gateways for fixed broadband network operators and in wireless voice and data communications (DECT, WiFi, Bluetooth), and Cirpack is the European leading provider of softswitch platforms. You can find more information on AP&G’s products

[1] Subject to signal strength and coverage conditions