China Multimedia Mobile Broadcasting


China Mobile Multimedia Broadcasting (CMMB) is a mobile television and multimedia standard developed and specified in China by the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT).[1] It is based on the Satellite and Terrestrial Interactive Multiservice Infrastructure (STiMi), developed by TiMiTech, a company formed by the Chinese Academy of Broadcasting Science.[2][3] Announced in October 2006,[1] it has been described as being similar to Europe's DVB-SH standard for digital video broadcast from both satellites and terrestrial repeaters to handheld devices.[3]

It specifies usage of the S-band/U-band and occupies 25 MHz bandwidth within which it provides 25 video and 30 radio channels with some additional data channels.[3] Multiple companies have chips that support CMMB standard - Innofidei who was the first with a solution 28 March 2007.[4][5]

Other manufacturers, such as Unique Broadband Systems, were quick to enter the race and grab a share of the handheld broadcasting market with their hardware platform supporting both CMMB and DTMB (as well as others) standard waveforms.

RF DetailsEdit

CMMB uses frequencies in the range 2635 - 2660 MHz (S-band) for satellite and "gap-filler" terrestrial broadcast, with additional terrestrial broadcast in the UHF band 470 – 862 MHz.[6][7] The channel bandwidth can be either 2 or 8 MHz, depending on data rate.[8]


China Satellite Mobile Broadcasting Corporation (CSMBC), as of 2 June 2010, had completed CMMB network coverage in 317 prefecture-level cities.[9]

Versus DTMBEdit

  • The CMMB is not a Chinese national standard (GB), but the DTMB is GB 20600-2006.
  • The CMMB uses QCIF or QVGA, so can not broadcast the HDTV (1080i/1080p), but the DTMB can.
  • The CMMB is intended for use on small screen devices (such as GPS, PDA, or smartphone...) in a mobile scenario, while DTMB is intended for use on large screen devices (such as PC, LCD TV, PDP TV...) in a fixed scenario.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "China releases mobile TV industrial standard" (Press release). Interfax China. 2006-10-25. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  2. ^ "TiMi Technologies Co. Ltd". Academy of Broadcasting Science. 2008-01-31. Archived from the original on 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2008-06-08.
  3. ^ a b c Mike Clendenin (2006-12-18). "China's mobile-TV spec similar to Europe's". EETimes. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  4. ^ "China releases first mobile TV chip based on CMMB standard - SARFT official" (Press release). Interfax China. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  5. ^ Cai Yan (2007-03-29). "Chip supports China's CMMB mobile TV". EETimes. Retrieved 2007-04-14.
  6. ^ Rohde & Schwarz. "CMMB Information". Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  7. ^ Siano. "SMS1186" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  8. ^ Rohde & Schwarz. "Test signals for the new CMMB and DVB-SH mobile TV systems" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-01-29.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

External linksEdit

  • IEEE Spectrum Article
  • (Chinese)
  • Unique Broadband Systems