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04.03.2003
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
IEEE/BTS Tutorial - 8-VSB Enhancements

Time:

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Day: April 5
Place: Las Vegas Convention Center N109

The ATSC is nearing completion of its investigation into enhancements to the current 8-VSB standard for digital television transmission. In anticipation of an enhanced standard being adopted later this year, this tutorial will serve as a primer on the new transmission technologies and will review the expected performance improvements, based on results of laboratory and field testing.

Topics will include: background on 8-VSB modulation; overview of enhancements considered; details of the selected technologies; backward-compatibility, laboratory, and field testing results; robust-mode transport-stream issues; and status of the ATSC process. The presenters will be technical experts from the system developers, testing organizations, and ATSC specialist groups.

9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.


Introduction Chairperson: Tom Gurley , Vice President, Technology, Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc., Washington, D.C.


9:15 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Background on 8-VSB and Overview of Potential Enhancements
Yiyan Wu , Senior Research Scientist, Communications Research Centre Canada, Ottawa, Canada


10 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Details of the Zenith/ATI Dual-Stream System
Wayne Bretl , Engineer, Zenith Electronics Corp, Lincolnshire, Ill.


10:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.


Laboratory Tests
Charles Einolf , Deputy Executive Director, Advanced Television Technology Center, Alexandria, Va.


11:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.


Backwards Compatibility Tests
Yiyan Wu , Senior Research Scientist, Communications Research Centre Canada, Ottawa, Canada


11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Field Tests
Victor Tawil, Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc., Washington, D.C.


12:15 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.


Robust Mode Transport Stream & Audio/Video Coding Issues Art Allison , Director, Advanced Engineering, NAB, Washington, D.C.


12:45 p.m. - 1 p.m.


Wrap-up and Status of Standards Process
Tom Gurley , Vice President, Technology, Association for Maximum Service Television, Inc., Washington, D.C.


For more information visit http://atsc.org/standards.html.

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