B2C2 Introduces Broadband Cable PCI Digital Receiver Card New Device is a Single Card Based On Microtune's Single-Chip Tuner, Receiving Digital TV and High-speed Internet On the PC edited by Charlie White
May 18, 2001

by -- Broadcaster Magazine

ALAMEDA, Calif. (May 18, 2001) -- B2C2, Inc. introduced the Cable4PC card, a cost-effective and highly integrated PCI-based device for receiving digital television and high-speed Internet content on PCs via existing cable systems. The Cable4PC card enables cable operators and other service providers to leverage the capabilities of legacy cable systems for advanced broadband services without costly upgrades to the existing cable infrastructure. Designed for ease-of-deployment as a client-end solution, the Cable4PC card also offers fast installation and a cost-effective option for cable subscribers.

The Cable4PC card will be introduced at the Mediacast 2001 Show at London's new ExCel Exhibition Center on May 21-23, during Europe's largest conference for the broadband market. The card will also be demonstrated June 10-13 at McCormick Place (Microtune Booth 4934) in Chicago, IL at Cable 2001, the National Cable & Telecommunications Association's 50th Annual Convention and International Exposition.

The Cable4PC solution consists of a single PCI board, configuration software and drivers. As a unique feature, the Cable4PC card offers a multi-lingual, customizable graphical user interface (GUI) that can be pre-configured for specific markets, allowing end-users to install the card in a PC and be operational within minutes. The Cable4PC card also conforms to DVB standards to operate with all head-end Internet Protocol (IP) encapsulators for a complete end-to-end solution for data broadcasting.

Based on Microtune's innovative MicroTuner MT2030 single-chip broadband tuner and B2C2's Flexcop controller, the Cable4PC product combines radio frequency (RF) and digital technology in a compact, highly integrated single PCI card. The MicroTuner single-chip tuner, a device the size of a dime, serves as the radio frequency (RF) gateway that receives and tunes digital video and data. B2C2's technology, including the FlexCop ASIC controller, the FlexParser demux and the SafeBus content protection system, provides optimized demultiplexing, encryption and filtering of packetized data -- features critical for effectively managing broadband content within the PC environment. The patented FlexCop ASIC controller and associated software offer an optimum partition of functionality to reduce CPU overhead within the host PC while achieving maximum performance.

The Cable4PC card is one member of a family of B2C2 digital receiver cards for PCs. Other cards support satellite (the Sky2PC card) and terrestrial (the Air2PC-DVB and -ATSC card) digital reception. All B2C2 receivers are available in both PCI and USB versions.

About Microtune
Microtune Inc. is an RF silicon and systems company that designs, manufactures and markets RF broadband gateways for use in cable modems, set-top boxes, PC/TV multimedia, TV/digital TV, automotive entertainment and other consumer electronics. For more information, please visit Microtune's Web site at microtune.com.

About B2C2, Inc.
B2C2, Inc. is a provider of broadband products for receiving high-speed digital TV, HDTV, multimedia and data over satellite, cable, and terrestrial networks. Its DVB and ATSC compliant data and broadcast receivers are based on the patented FlexCop ASIC controller, the company's digital receiver chip. For more information about B2C2, visit b2c2inc.com or contact the company at 1250 Marina Village Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501 USA, telephone 510/814-7373.


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