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

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.