[opendtv] Re: Toward digital TV

  • From: "John Shutt" <shuttj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Dec 2005 12:39:30 -0500


All I know is what Bob reported, which was the prototypes he tested last 
summer used front ends and 5th generation chipsets as supplied by LG for use 
by other manufacturers.  Those commercially available modules did not 
perform up to the LG prototype (I will suspend using the moniker "cold 
fusion" in deference to Mark Schubin, but I think it still fits.)  If LG had 
the front end problem solved as their prototype box demonstrated, why didn't 
they include these innovations in the tuner blocks they sell to other 

So has it been solved?  Or merely demonstrated that whatever was different 
in the prototype front end is not economical in commercial quantities and 
price points?  As the Tootsie Pop commercial so aptly put it:  "The world 
may never know..."

As for Zarlink, I'm sure the Welcome Mat is still out at the Schubin 


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Manfredi, Albert E" <albert.e.manfredi@xxxxxxxxxx>

> I think this is overstated, as you know. The problem was
> solved, and I've only seen conjecture that the solution is
> somehow too expensive. I think a good guess is that the
> difference in the LG prototype was the tuner, yes?

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