New Products - February 2011
CALM ACT - Tektronix helps CALM service providers
Tektronix has assembled a line of solutions that enable television broadcasters, cable operators and other video service providers to comply with the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act, which requires that commercials be no louder than the programming they accompany.
Service providers now have a year to quiet their overly loud commercials, or else they face potential fines.
“With the passage of the CALM Act, broadcasters, cable operators and other video service providers urgently need solutions, and Tektronix is ready to help with a full suite of products for every situation,” said Eben Jenkins, general manager of the video product line at Tektronix.
Tektronix’s full line of solutions monitor commercials as they run, enabling providers to identify loud commercials and re-encode them at a lower volume. Once re-encoded, the commercials can be checked again for compliance before running.
The company’s WFM6000/7000, WFM8000, WVR6000/7000 and WVR8000 Series waveform monitors and rasterizers have been recently upgraded to expand their previous loudness measurement capability. The upgrades include capabilities such as an Audio Loudness Meter, an Audio Loudness Session Display and the industry’s first audio loudness monitoring of Dolby Digital Plus audio, among others.
The Sentry digital content monitor can simultaneously monitor hundreds of channels in real time.
And the VQS1000 video and audio QoE software was recently upgraded with new audio loudness measurement capabilities as specified by the ITU-R BS.1770/1771 standards.
Hillcrest, Broadcom do motion control
Hillcrest Labs has introduced a new embedded motion-control system for TV manufacturers that is designed to support new motion pointing and gesture-enabled user interfaces for navigating the Web, Internet-based applications and games on TVs.
Hillcrest's patented Freespace MotionEngine is now integrated with Broadcom's new BCM-35230 digital TV SoC and BCM20730 single-chip Bluetooth solution, enabling a motion-control solution for connected TVs.
And Universal Electronics, at CES last month, showcased a new Freespace and Bluetooth-enabled TV remote control – utilizing the world's first singlechip, digital-output, 3-axis MEMS gyroscope from InvenSense – that is compatible with the new system from Broadcom and Hillcrest.
"As the demand for Internet-based content on TV continues to rise, manufacturers are seeking differentiated, turnkey and economical solutions that enable immersive and intuitive user experiences for consumers," said Chad Lucien, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Hillcrest Labs. "We are proud to have collaborated with Broadcom and the market leaders in remote controls and MEMS devices to create a turnkey solution that enables TV manufacturers to quickly add Freespace motion control, pointing applications and Bluetooth to connected televisions."
Unlike alternative motion-control technologies, both the new chipset and compatible TV remotes use fully integrated motion sensors that do not require additional external cameras or lightbars in order to control the onscreen viewing experience. In addition, the Bluetooth-based solution does not require line-of-site, which enables consumers to control their TVs without the need to aim at the TV.
The new system is compatible with a variety of smart TV platforms, including Linux-, Android- and Google TVbased solutions.
Entropic, Actiontec Tackle Moca 2.0
With a MoCA 2.0-enabled broadband router, consumers’ higher-performance home networks can be used to deliver faster tiers of Internet access speeds, to support more simultaneous HD and 3-D video streams, and to deploy new network architectures.
With support for backward interoperability to MoCA 1.1/1.0 products, an Actiontec MoCA 2.0-enabled broadband router can easily be used to upgrade existing subscribers or give new subscriber homes the ability to more than double their available bandwidth versus MoCA 1.1 products. MoCA 2.0 provides 400 Mbps of net MAC throughput, which can be used on LAN networks, and also supports 500 Mbps of net MAC throughput for two node applications.
With channel bonding, rates up to 800 Mbps can be achieved.
The new Entropic MoCA 2.0 silicon/software solution will sample in the first half of 2011, with full volume production expected for Q1 2012.