I received the tuner modules today. These are the vertical mount parts since they were available for quicker delivery. They are electrically equivalent to the horizontal parts and we'll probably just modify the shield and bend the pins for our quick and ugly prototype. If everything works out, we can easily switch to the horizontal mount units for a production kit batch or fully assembled boards.
I've confirmed that these modules use the Philips TEA6848 tuner. There should be no problem getting these to play nice with our Philips TEF signal processor. The two are optimally tuned to work with each other. Microtune's own evaluation kit even uses uses the TEF!
Things are looking good. Check the Design C status section of the FAQ for the latest pictures and schematics.