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Malata Selects Microtune’s MT2050 Silicon Tuner and MT1110 Amplifier to Enable TV Reception in Portable DVD Players


PLANO, TX -- February 24, 2005 -- Microtune(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:TUNE) announced today that Malata Group Ltd. (Fujian, China) has selected the MicroTuner(TM) MT2050 silicon tuner and the MT1110 Broadband Amplifier as radio frequency (RF) components for Malata’s new 9-inch and 10.2-inch personal DVD players. Targeted for Malata’s worldwide original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and original design manufacturer (ODM) customers, the new personal DVD players enable consumers not only to play movies and listen to CDs, but also to watch TV.

Malata is one the largest manufacturers of VCD and DVD players in mainland China with a product portfolio that also includes desktop DVD players and recorders, DVB digital and satellite receivers, Flash MP3 players and home LCD-TVs. The company is deploying Microtune RF technology as part of a long-term program to provide the most advanced consumer electronics, including those for export to global customers. Malata’s two new personal DVD players are currently in production.

“China’s capability to manufacture cost-sensitive electronics, coupled with its domestic market for entertainment services, is driving the demand for advanced RF technology in consumer products,” said Albert H. Taddiken, Microtune’s Chief Operating Officer. “Microtune is pleased to have been selected by Malata. This design win signals our commitment to the China market and underscores our ability to support customers and their next-generation TV products wherever they are developing them. It reinforces our goal to be a preferred RF partner and supplier-of-choice to global customers, while helping them meet the growing demand for high-performance, cost-optimized RF-TV electronics.”

“We required an industry-leading tuner to enable TV in our portable DVD players,” explains Mr. Lai JianRong, Head of Digital Technology R&D Center of Malata. “Microtune’s MT2050 supports worldwide TV reception standards and delivers the superior RF performance and reliability required for portable durability. Its small form factor was critical in designing sleek, compact DVD players. In addition to its technology, Microtune’s China team also provided full customer and applications engineering support, enabling us to accelerate our system design.”

MT2050 Silicon Tuner

At the heart of the Malata portable DVD players’ TV capability is the MicroTuner MT2050 silicon tuner-amplifier, Microtune’s high-performance digital tuner. Based on a patented, dual-conversion architecture, the MT2050 integrates the tuner with low-noise and intermediate frequency amplifiers into a miniature, multi-functional 1/4"-square chip. It eliminates the components, circuitry and costs of alternative modular solutions, making it alignment-free and air coil-free. The chip is engineered to achieve excellent performance, offering superior image rejection, channel flatness and phase noise with high sensitivity for weak RF reception areas. For consumers, these technical parameters translate into superior picture and audio quality, dual-conversion tuner performance, and increased reliability.

MT1110 Broadband Amplifier

The MT1110 RF broadband amplifier is a general-purpose, high-performance, 75-ohm amplifier that provides a signal boost across the entire downstream broadband spectrum. The first of its kind in the industry, the MT1110 is optimized for broadband applications, cable frequencies, and multiple-tuner configurations.

The MT2050 tuner and MT1110 amplifier are part of Microtune’s suite of RF broadband products optimized for next-generation TV electronics, including those for flat-panel and widescreen TVs, HDTVs, PC/TVs, digital set-top boxes and digital cable-ready TVs.

About Malata

Established in 1984, Malata Group Ltd. is the largest manufacturer of digital VCD and DVD players in mainland China. Malata Group Ltd is a conglomerate with six wholly owned subsidiary companies and four modern factories in Xiamen and NanChing (Fujian), Zhangzhou. Malata Electronic Industry is the largest subsidiary and covers a total area of 200,000 square meters. Malata has developed into a renowned manufacturer specializing in producing and marketing video CD players, DVB digital and analog satellite receivers, home cinema series (amplifiers and sound boxes), communications equipment, CATV network equipment, CD and lighting devices. Microtune has obtained all company information about Malata described in this press release from Malata sources and from statements on the Malata website. Microtune has not independently verified any of the Malata information provided in this press release.

About Microtune

Microtune, Inc. is a silicon and subsystems company that designs and markets radio frequency (RF)-based solutions for the worldwide broadband communications and transportation electronics markets. Inventors of the MicroTuner(TM) single-chip broadband tuner, Microtune offers a portfolio of advanced tuner, amplifier, upconverter and transceiver products that enable the delivery of information and entertainment across new classes of consumer electronics devices. The Company currently holds more than 40 U.S. patents for its technology. Founded in 1996, Microtune is headquartered in Plano, Texas, with key design and sales centers located around the world. The website is

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