It seems like the digital TV message has definitely made its way out to Taiwan and the amount of DVB tuners on show was quite staggering. The first stop that I made on the digital TV trail was Twinhan. Now you may not have heard of this company, but I was pointed towards them by the guys at Elonex, who have been using Twinhan USB TV tuners in their Media Center PCs.
I was told that Twinhan had a really cool USB digital TV tuner and sure enough when I stopped by for a chat with the ladies on the stand I was shown the Beetle. Looking at the picture, it doesnâ€™t take a genius to work out why this device is called the Beetle, but it is pretty compact and has a UK type aerial connector integrated, which makes a change.
Flipping the Beetle onto its back and prying its shell open revealed a Samsung DVB tuner inside, and not a whole lot else. I can see now why Elonex uses them inside its machines, as they can be easily mounted and just run off a USB header on the motherboard. Twinhan will be sending me one of its little tuners for testing, but unfortunately it wonâ€™t be the Beetle, since the company isnâ€™t selling the Beetle direct. However the Beetle is being rebadged by several well known manufacturers like MSI and Gigabyte.