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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

NAB FASTROAD Steering Committee Meeting

Chair: Bruce Reese, Bonneville

December 18, 2007

Call in: 1-877-848-7030

Access Code: 2182944


Agenda
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


Report on status of current projects1
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
DTV reception on PCs

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

Project Approach:

  • Outreach

  • Development funding

  • Facilitate stakeholder adoption


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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
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


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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
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


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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

Discussion on NAB Actions

-- DTV reception on laptops: $500K

-- Smart DTV antenna: $250K

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


Other projects
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
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 program1
    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
    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 television1
    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
    High Power FM IBOC Evaluation Digital Television

    • 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 evaluation1
    High Power FM IBOC Evaluation Digital Television

    • 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 projects1
    Other projects Digital Television

    • 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
    Add-on HD Radio devices Digital Television

    • 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 devices1
    Add-on HD Radio devices Digital Television

    • 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
    “Pause+” HD Radio receivers Digital Television

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

    • Project approach:

      • Initial meeting with iBiquity to assess development status


    Pause hd radio receivers1
    “Pause+” HD Radio receivers Digital Television

    • 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
    HD Radio receiver in laptop PC Digital Television

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

    • Project approach:

      • Outreach

      • Development funding

      • Facilitate stakeholder adoption


    Hd radio receiver in laptop pc1
    HD Radio receiver in laptop PC Digital Television

    • 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
    HD Radio Receiver Front-end Improvement Digital Television

    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 improvement1
    HD Radio Receiver Front-end Improvement Digital Television

    • 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
    New Projects Digital Television

    • 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
    Current FASTROAD Commitments/Expenditures Digital Television

    • 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
    NAB Actions: Summary Digital Television

    • 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


    Agenda1
    Agenda Digital Television

    • 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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