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LG Electronics Unveils World's First Terrestrial DMB-Receiving Mobile Phone

LG Electronics Unveils World's First Terrestrial

LG Electronics Unveils World's First Terrestrial
DMB-receiving Mobile Phone

- Develops world's first mobile phone that can receive terrestrial digital multimedia broadcasts
-The state-of-the-art mobile phone resolves bulky size and power consumption, enables the watching of terrestrial multimedia-feature broadcasts, and is equipped with a mega-pixel camera and MP3.
-The model adopts the company-developed System-on-Chip (SoC) that enables the receiving of terrestrial DMB.
-The company is set to lead the world's technological standard of DMB mobile phone and lead the market

Seoul, Korea - On November 15, 2004, LG Electronics (CEO: S. S. Kim / unveiled world's first terrestrial digital multimedia broadcast-receiving mobile phone, and demonstrated its functions.

The DMB mobile phone adopts the DMB-receiving System-on-Chip (SoC) that the company developed last month. The chip enables the user to watch terrestrial broadcasts and at the same time talk on the phone.

LG Electronics has technologically brought the usual home TV antenna function aimed at receiving VHF broadband DMB into the small phone. The handset also adopts DSP (Digital Signal Processor)-based SoC (System-on-Chip), mobile phone-fit low power consumption and design technologies for making the device small.

The terrestrial DMB phone is profoundly significant in that it has remarkably resolved problems surrounding the bulky terminal size and power consumption. The previous terrestrial DMB terminals had no mobile phone functions, and they took the form of bulky-sized terminal-only or PDAs.

This breakthrough has proved LG Electronics' technologies in DMB-receiving devices to be the industry's top level together with its satellite DMB phone "SB-100" unveiled in May. It has also provided the company a momentum to lead a new multimedia mobile handset market combining broadcasting and telecommunication.

Thus, LG Electronics is poised to use its world's exclusive, sophisticated DMB technologies, and push for the development of state-of-the-art broadcasting and communication devices by reflecting the concept of 5 any's (anytime, anywhere, any network, any device, and any service) that the 'ubiquitous' information communication and broadcasting network pursues, beyond the mere fusion technologies of broadcasting and communication.

Woo Paik, CTO of LG Electronics, said. "The terrestrial DMB phone, the first of its kind worldwide, adopts our own-developed handset design technologies and terrestrial broadcast-receiving chip, thus giving it competitive superiority in size, performance, and convenience in use. This terrestrial DMB phone has opened up a new world where people can watch terrestrial DMB TV and simultaneously speak via a mobile phone."

LG Electronics has invested 20 billion won in developing the terrestrial DMB phone for two years with 130 researchers (including 90 master's degree and Ph.D holders) engaged in the project. The company has filed about 150 patents applications domestically and overseas for technologies including H.264 video decorder-enabling technology.

LG Electronics, backed by its world's first DTV technologies, takes advantage of its technological experience in integrating DAB(Digital Audio Broadcasting) and FEC(Forward Error Correction) technologies, and is exerting every effort to develop various broadcasting-related technologies such as satellite and terrestrial DMB and DVB-H, and related handsets.

Starting with the terrestrial DMB phone, the company will not only introduce related products in time for commercialized services of domestic terrestrial and satellite DMB, but also continue to unveil products with receiving functions and consumption power remarkably enhanced, thus further stepping up its market leadership.

Also, LG Electronics is set to use its world's first terrestrial DMB phone technologies and aggressively penetrate the global market including Europe, South America and China with its domestic terrestrial DMB standard. To respond to overseas terrestrial transmission methods, it will push to preoccupy and lead the domestic terrestrial DMB handset market.

Thus, as part of efforts to establish the domestic terrestrial DMB standard as global standard, LG Electronics is now participating in activities for enacting domestic next-generation broadcast forum regulations to affirm its DMB technology as the domestic standard, and also is pushing to have the technology adopted as the global standard by World DAB Forum.

To disseminate its DMB standard worldwide, the company is currently conducting overseas road shows and participating in overseas exhibitions for promotion. Such efforts are winning favorable response from Britain, Germany, and numerous Asian nations, thus brightening the prospect that the company's DMB technology is adopted as each nation's standard.

LG Electronics' development of terrestrial DMB phone is the first of its kind worldwide, and has enhanced the possibility of Korea's commercialized services of terrestrial DMB. There are reports on DMB test services conducted aboard a train in Germany, and in some areas of China. These bids, however, targeted multiple people-watched TV, while the company's technology has targeted a personal receiver model.

Also, the terrestrial DMB standard is the first mobile broadcast standard established by Korea's own design. Likewise, it is a new standard established by multimedia technologies, based on the global standard of the existing DAB system.

Thus, Korea, led by LG Electronics, is expected to lead the global digital mobile multimedia broadcast technologies.

LG Electronics' DMB SoC is the world's first to integrate broadcast-receiving section and media-process (audio-visual signal treatment) section into one chip. It also adopts picture-enhancement mobile-XD engine.

Also, the company applied its own-developed algorithms aimed at enhancing receiving sensitivity, as well as reduced power consumption through the audio-visual treatment-enabled platform based on digital signal processor.

The terrestrial DMB SoC can be applied to mobile phones, notebook computers, PDAs, and car terminals, and thus it is expected to greatly activate the domestic terrestrial DMB services and expand mobile phone market. As such, the domestic terrestrial DMB standard, which has a great possibility of becoming the Europe's mobile communication standard, will likely penetrate both domestic and overseas markets aggressively.

If DMB services go into full swing, this will generate huge ripple effects in the whole IT industry including parts, devices, contents and infrastructure.

The galvanization of DMB services will highlight DMB-related chip-set display, batteries, and storage devices as core elements, thus helping develop related industries, and in turn boosting demand for related terminals, car electronics devices, and new portable devices. This move will likewise invigorate related contents, services, and infrastructure, thus having huge ripple effects on the whole IT sector.

Terrestrial DMB will become a radio-like concept in the long term and will be available with all IT devices. According to surveys conducted by Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, and Korea Information Strategy Development Institute, the market size will top a huge 8.5 million subscribers by 2010.

* DMB (Digital Multimedia Broadcasting): provides CD-quality-level sounds, data and video services via mobile handsets, while their holders move or stay in certain places. It is classified into terrestrial DMB and satellite DMB according to transmission means.

* DSP (Digital Signal Processor): an integrated circuit that can treat digital signals in the hardware way. Adopts a circuit that can treat repetitive computation at high speeds to treat digital signals at high speeds.

* DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting): Audio broadcasting that can transmit not only CD-level high quality sounds, but also texts, graphics, and videos. The basic standard is Eureka-147.

Ripple effects of terrestrial DMB production

Unit: 100 million won

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
Receiver Market 771 1,562 2,924 5,885 8,619 12,267 32,028
Service Market 74 134 227 548 672 1,202 2,856
Total 844 1,696 3,151 6,433 9,291 13,469 34,884

* Market prospect for terrestrial DMB car receivers

Unit: 1,000 units, 100 million won

Year 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 Total
No. of Penetration units 155 270 424 996 1,405 1,910 5,160
Market Size 372 596 860 1,853 2,411 3,015 9,107

* Digital broadcast technology patents whose applications are domestically filed
(in mid 2003)

Company Share
LG Electronics 26
Samsung Electronics 23
Daewoo Electronics 23
Philips 6
Hynix 5
Sony 4
Thompson Licensing 3
Thompson Consumer Electronics 3
Others 7

< Terrestrial DMB phone specification >

* Overview : World's first terrestrial DMB
(Digital Multimedia Broadcasting)-receiving phone

* Features / Specification
- Large 2.4"QVGA screen, high-definition LCD
- 1.3 Mega Pixel CCD camera
- CDMA mobile service / T-DMB(OFDM) receiving
- High-definition video H.264 CIF 30 fps
- Enabling terrestrial DMB video (H.264)/audio (BSAC) standard
- Various multimedia-feature broadcast functions - recording broadcasts, TV-Out
-High-quality audio play MP3 Player
-3D Surround Sound / Dual Stereo Speaker