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First Cydle Tablet Set to Ship in December


TV Technology sister publication This Week in Consumer Electronics (TWICE) reported that Cydle, a South Korean-based OEM supplier, is planning a December availability for the seven-inch Android based tablet I saw at the CES Show back in January. That tablet included an ATSC Mobile DTV tuner.

While the article Cydle Readies Android Tablet doesn't mention ATSC-MH in the text, a caption below a picture of the device states that "Cydle's $249 suggested M7 Mobile Tablet features Android 2.1, a seven-inch TFT touchscreen and ATSC-Mobile/Handheld (ATSC-M/H) tuner."

The 7" Multipad M7 page on Cydle's Website doesn't mention ATSC mobile DTV anywhere in the description or technical specifications.

With a $249 sticker, Cydle's M7 will be competing against a flood of Chinese "aPads" at the same price point, with the same or better features, such as the Witstech A81E which offers a GPS option and a removable battery. Including ATSC MH capability in the M7 would give Cydle a feature not currently available in any other tablet.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.