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New Demodulator for China DTV Announced

Iberium Communications has announced a new digital demodulator core, the "Paco," for the China DTV market. It is fully compliant with the digital terrestrial standard DTMB (GB20600-2006) and supports all single carrier and multicarrier transmission modes. The Paco core has been licensed to an unnamed major Japanese consumer electronics vendor.

I hadn't heard of Iberium demodulators, so I looked for additional information on their Web site. In 2007, the respected Communications Research Centre (CRC) in Ottawa, Canada called their "Garcia" 8-VSB and 64/256-QAM core for North America, "Overall... one of the best receivers tested..."

The company is also working on a demodulator core, the "Santana" for the new ATSC mobile DTV standard. The Iberium product listings have no technical details on any of the demodulators. All it says about the Santana is, "Iberium is leveraging its expertise in VSB and will be ready with a high performance solution in Q1 2010. Information is available under non-disclosure agreement."

If any readers know what products are using the Iberium demodulator core or have more information on the Iberium CRC study, please let me know.

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.