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NAB FASTROAD Steering Committee Meeting. Chair: Bruce Reese, Bonneville December 18, 2007. Call in: 1-877-848-7030 Access Code: 2182944. Agenda. Chairman's opening remarks (Reese) Report on status of projects (Claudy) New project proposals (Claudy/committee)

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NAB FASTROAD Steering Committee Meeting

Chair: Bruce Reese, Bonneville

December 18, 2007

Call in: 1-877-848-7030

Access Code: 2182944


Agenda

  • Chairman's opening remarks (Reese)

  • Report on status of projects (Claudy)

  • New project proposals (Claudy/committee)

  • Action items (Reese/committee)

  • Other business

  • Adjourn


Report on Status of Current Projects


Report on Status of Current Projects

  • Projects requiring NAB action

    • DTV reception on laptop PCs

    • Smart antenna development

    • Electronic Program Guide for HD Radio

  • Other projects

    • In progress

    • Deferred or on hold


DTV reception on PCs

Goal: Facilitate the introduction of integrated DTV reception in computers, especially laptops

Project Approach:

  • Outreach

  • Development funding

  • Facilitate stakeholder adoption


DTV reception on PCs

  • Outreach Phase completed

    • Hired consultant on retainer

    • Identify potential Partners

      • Survey of players identified 55 organizations,

      • Resulted in discussions under NDA with 6 organizations

    • Very high product interest found for DTV among PC firms

    • Finalists are Hauppauge and AMD– different innovative approaches

  • Next steps

    • Get quotes for reference antenna designs from two companies

    • Negotiate contract with antenna design companies (February 08)

  • NAB Action

    • Authorize Major Funding

      • 1Q2008: $500k


New Indoor Smart Antenna

  • Goal: show feasibility of an indoor smart antenna using the new CEA standard for control signals over a single-wire coax interface

  • Project approach:

    • Fund construction of Smart Antenna and control signal prototype

    • Communications/briefings for CE manufacturers


New Indoor Smart Antenna

  • RFP stage complete (3 responses)

    • Selected Antennas Direct as antenna developer

    • Actively recruiting a receiving device developer

  • NAB Actions:

    • Authorize major funding

      • $250k design and construction of Indoor antenna, design and construct receiving device and interface and conduct CE industry briefing/demonstrations


Electronic Program Guide for HD Radio

  • Goal: Develop infrastructure for HD Radio-based EPG, conduct field demonstration

    • Original Project Budget Estimate: $290k

  • Project approach:

    • Issue RFP

    • Select team of vendors to implement project


Electronic Program Guide for HD Radio

  • Proposal received from BIA partnered with Broadcast Signal Lab and others

    • Total cost of $1.25M (too high)

    • Met with iBiquity; strongly support project

  • Revised proposal from BIA/BSL received 12/14:

    • Break project into two phases, $400k each

  • NAB Action:

    • Near-term: fund phase 1 at $400k

    • Mid-2008: decide on funding for phase 2


Discussion on NAB Actions

-- DTV reception on laptops: $500K

-- Smart DTV antenna: $250K

-- EPG for HD Radio: $400K (phase I)


Other Projects

  • Projects that are in progress

    • Improved antenna selection program for DTV

    • Economic study of mobile/handheld DTV systems

    • High Power FM IBOC field test evaluation


Improved Antenna Selection Program

Goal: Enhance the current www.antennaweb.org website to improve capability of roof-top antenna selection

  • Scope revised to co-sponsor existing antennaweb.org website initially, work with CEA to improve it over time

  • Project Approach:

    • Partner with CEA


  • Improved Antenna Selection Program

    RFQ issued and quote received fromTitanTV

    • Algorithm improvement on hold

    • Funds reallocated to NAB co-sponsorship of current Antennaweb.org website

    • Contract negotiated with CEA

      Funding: $250K co-sponsorship fee to CEA

      – waiting for signed contract from CEA


    Study of the Impact of Multiple Systems for Mobile/Handheld Digital Television

    Goal: Report to assess:

    (1) the possible effects of introduction of multiple technology solutions on the introduction of M/H DTV in the U.S., compared to a single ATSC standardized solution, and

    (2) the effect of delay in the standardization process

    Project Approach:

    • Contract with team of new media consultants and economists to produce report


    Study of the Impact of Multiple Systems for Mobile/Handheld Digital Television

    • Agreement signed with BIA Financial Network (LECG as subcontractor) in early October

      • Contract value $125,000 + expenses

    • Consultants have carried out interviews with more than 20 broadcasters, proponents, manufacturers, and others

    • Reports:

      • Preliminary report received 10/22/07

      • Interim status reports received 11/2/07 and12/2/07

      • Pre-final report due12/21/07

      • Final report due 1/14/08

    • NAB actions

      • Review of pre-final report

      • Presentation at January NAB Board meeting

      • Distribution to Open Mobile Video Coalition, ATSC, others


    High Power FM IBOC Evaluation

    • Goal: Analyze and organize the test results obtained from iBiquity/industry field testing of raising FM IBOC power 10 dB

      • Field tests conducted in 2007

      • Received the iBiquity High Power FM report October 5, 2007


    High Power FM IBOC Evaluation

    • Hired the engineering firm of Hammett & Edison to evaluate

    • Preliminary report will be presented to the NAB Digital Radio Committee January 16

    • Target completion for presentation at January NAB Board meeting

    • Within original $47k budget


    Other projects

    • Currently deferred or on hold

      • Add-on HD Radio devices

      • “Pause-plus” HD Radio receivers

      • HD Radio receiver in laptop PC

      • HD Radio front end improvement


    Add-on HD Radio devices

    • Goal: Acccelerate development of personal HD Radio devices (e.g., for MP-3 players)

      • Personal devices require integrated circuit devices that are low power, small size, low cost

    • Project Approach:

      • Initial meeting with iBiquity to assess IC development status


    Add-on HD Radio devices

    • Met with iBiquity:

      • Low-power IC development proceeding (Samsung, SiPort)

      • Very high-priority item at iBiquity, but no real opportunities at present for NAB to accelerate this development

    • Will re-evaluate FASTROAD prospects for participation in 2008

      • Triggering event – release of low-power ICs to manufacturing


    “Pause+” HD Radio receivers

    • Goal: Accelerate development of HD Radio receivers incorporating “Pause+” feature

    • Project approach:

      • Initial meeting with iBiquity to assess development status


    “Pause+” HD Radio receivers

    • Met with iBiquity:

      • Technology development has been completed

      • FASTROAD involvement in development of a commercial product could accelerate time-to-market

    • Work in earnest to begin during 1Q 2008

      • iBiquity developing “short list” of manufacturing partners

      • Will evaluate as work begins


    HD Radio receiver in laptop PC

    • Goal: make HD Radio receiver a standard feature in laptop PCs

    • Project approach:

      • Outreach

      • Development funding

      • Facilitate stakeholder adoption


    HD Radio receiver in laptop PC

    • FASTROAD Technical Committee discussed this project on 9/18/07

      • Logical progression is from “add-on” device to integrated feature (true for DTVs)

      • Since “add-on” device is not available, development of integrated feature premature

    • Will re-evaluate FASTROAD prospects once add-on devices are a reality


    HD Radio Receiver Front-end Improvement

    Goal: Determine if HD Radio receiver RF “front ends” can be improved and if so, work with receiver manufacturers

    • Original budget estimate $552k


    HD Radio Receiver Front-end Improvement

    • Met with NPR to discuss their work related to IBOC receivers

    • Cost factor to significantly improve receivers may be prohibitive; practicality of influencing manufacturers’ product designs questioned

    • On hold currently


    New Projects

    • TV Technical Subcommittee

      • Document front end RF performance of existing DTV receiver products

      • Participation in CableLabs project on including over-the-air DTV reception in cable set top boxes-- ongoing

    • Radio Technical Subcommittee

      • Digital translator/booster development and testing

        • Strong committee support

      • iBiquity proposal: develop broadcaster “toolkit”

      • iBiquity proposal: HD Radio consumer “portal”


    Current FASTROAD Commitments/Expenditures

    • DTV reception on PCs: approx. $50K

    • Improved antenna selection program: approx. $250K

    • Study of the Impact of Multiple Systems for Mobile/Handheld Digital Television: approx. $135K

    • High power FM IBOC evaluation: approx. $50K


    NAB Actions: Summary

    • DTV reception on PCs: spend up to $500K

    • New indoor smart antenna: spend up to $250K

    • Electronic Program Guide for HD Radio: spend up to $400K for Phase I


    Agenda

    • Chairman's opening remarks (Reese)

    • Report on status of projects (Claudy)

    • New project proposals (Claudy/committee)

    • Action items (Reese/committee)

    • Other business

    • Adjourn


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