Philips today announced it will deliver a system-in-package (SiP) will enable consumers to connect to live TV while on the road. The technology contains the complete functionality of a digital TV receiver in an area the size of a thumbnail.
This technology is not really new, since it builds on the DVB-H (Digital Video Broadcasting: Handhelds) standard that is an extension of the specification of the already existing DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting: Terrestrial). This uses a technology whereby data is transmitted in IP datagrams. Nothing new there. But what is really new and cool is that Philips are now able to cramp the functionality of a digital TV receiver in a thumbnail-sized chip. This brings TV to mobiles and PDAs, and with innovations coming for storage for these devices, perhaps they will be doing video capture soon as well.