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LINX to Offer DTV Chip by 2004

LINX Electronics is planning to offer a new version of its chip-level ATSC-compliant DTV reception technology, which delivers DTV reception under multiple ghosting conditions.

The technology combines and harmonizes multiple ghosts, turning them into one nearly optimal signal for more increased reception, providing a receiver-oriented product that is compatible with ATSC DTV standards so no change is required on the transmission side.

LINX officials, who said it took two years to develop the reception technology, added that it will be another year before the IC can be manufactured.

LINX introduced its "Casper" ghost-canceling technology at NAB2002 and has conducted several field trials in Chicago in the past several months. The company claimed an average 80 percent success rate in DTV reception in "urban canyon" environments as well as suburban areas. LINX plans to conduct further tests with MSTV on the east coast in early 2003.