Silicon tuners to take over the world's TV sets

Inbuilt silicon tuners are set to take over from can-style tuners, with the market to hit $750 million by 2015.

According to research by In-Stat, top telly manufacturers are already incorporating silicon tuners directly onto the main chassis boards.   Analysts now believe that by 2015 nearly 80 percent of all new sets will have silicon tuners built into the set. 

This means that the traditional can types will go the way of the vacuum tube in the 1960s and soon be consigned to the bin as the move to silicon tuners gather momentum.  TV tuners of the silicon variety are more useful as they are a lot easier to assemble than the multipart can-style, and are smaller meaning better integration with new styles such as LED backlit sets.

It is thought that shipments in to South America will see a compound annual growth rate of 30.5 percent up to 2015, while the US and will see a CAGR of 22.5 percent.

In Europe many sets already include silicon TV tuners, so expected growth will mean that there will be a total of 36 million units shipped.

Silicon tuners have finally jumped ahead of the old school can-type modules, says analyst Geryy Kaufhold.  He reckons that this is because TV manufacturers have only just been convinced of the newer technology in terms of “performance, reliability and roadmaps” as presented by tuner vendors.

The main areas that will see silicon tuners implemented will be in set top boxes; satellite STBs; digital and analog mobile TV devices; PC-TVs, and TV sets.

In-Stat reckons that the door will be open for greater growth of all-digital mobile tuners, which will capitalise on mobile video services in China, Brazil and in the States.  This will help drive the market to the predicted value as what he describes as an “epochal shift” away from cans.

There are greater possibilities for ranges of Internet Protocol (IP) services into the living rooms of the public as smart TVs grow in popularity.