HP/Asus Falcon2 FM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI 5188-1744 Specsby Erik Devaney
The Asus Falcon2 NTSC/FM PCI TV Tuner -- HP product number 5188-1744 -- is a capture card, which allows users to watch and record TV on their computers. However, since the U.S. stopped using the analog NTSC TV broadcasting standard in 2009, the Falcon2 capture card can only receive over-the-air TV broadcasts in the U.S. with the help of a digital television converter box. Using its integrated FM radio tuner, however, the Falcon2 can still receive FM radio broadcasts.
For connecting to a computer's motherboard, which is the printed circuit board that contains a computer's principal components, the HP/Asus Falcon2 FM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI 5188-1744 relies on a PCI interface. Installing a Falcon2 requires that a user plug the capture card into a motherboard's PCI slot. A PCI, or peripheral component interconnect, allows peripheral components to communicate with a computer's microprocessor, which is the motherboard component that controls and executes processing operations. Developed by Intel, PCI allows for data transfer rates of 133 megabits per second.
A single HP/Asus Falcon2 FM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI 5188-1744 capture card unit has approximate dimensions of 7.5 inches long by 4 inches wide by 1 inch thick. The unit weighs approximately 0.25 lbs. or 4 oz.
Chipsets are collections of integrated circuits that perform one or more related functions. The HP/Asus Falcon2 FM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI 5188-1744 utilizes two chipsets: a Conexant CX23416-12 MPEG II A/V Encoder and a Conexant CX25845-23 A/V Decoder. As an A/V encoder, the Conexant CX23416-12 is responsible for using algorithms to compress audio and video data that the Falcon2 capture card stores and transmits. In comparison, as an A/V decoder, the Conexant CX25845-23 is responsible for translating encoded audio and video data back into their original formats, allowing the Falcon2 to send that data to a computer's speakers and monitor.
For connecting external components to the HP/Asus Falcon2 FM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI 5188-1744, such as speakers, camcorders, monitors and TVs, the capture card provides several connectors. These connectors are a composite left and right (L/R) audio connector, a composite video connector, an S-video input connector, a TV RF input connector and an FM input connector.
The HP/Asus Falcon2 FM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI 5188-1744 is only compatible with PCs that run the Microsoft Windows operating system. More specifically, a PC requires the Windows XP Home, XP Pro or XP Media Center Edition of the operating system.
The FCC and the CE both gave the HP/Asus Falcon2 FM/NTSC TV Tuner PCI 5188-1744 regulatory approvals. While the Federal Communications Commission approval means that the Falcon2 complies with all of the relevant provisions and legislation in the U.S., the CE or Conformité Européenne (European Conformity) approval means that the Falcon2 complies with all of the relevant provisions and legislation in Europe.