High-definition Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) set top boxes (STBs) offer semiconductor makers a short term spike in opportunity.

But standard definition (SD) DTT STBs will be a more sustainable market for manufacturers, according to In-Stat.

The researchers forecast that the semiconductor opportunity in SD DTT boxes will peak at nearly USD $500 million by 2011.

Gerry Kaufhold, In-Stat analyst, said the US analog shut off has driven a surge of HD converter boxes in 2008 and 2009.

"However, this bubble will wane, while the SD DTT market continues to grow across a broader set of geographic markets," he said.

Other findings from In-Stat include:

  • The European DTT STB Market Value will peak in 2011 at $1.6 billion.
  • On a European country basis, UK leads the market, followed by Spain, France, Germany, and then Italy.
  • Total DTT STB unit shipments will peak at 44 million in 2009.
  • Key component categories include the Demux/CPU/AV decoder and the MPEG-2 MP@HL/Graphics IC

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