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Mitsubishi, Sharp license 8-VSB technology from Zenith

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America and Sharp have signed license agreements for Zenith Electronics' digital television (DTV) reception technology.

Under the agreements, Sharp and Mitsubishi will license Zenith's 8-VSB DTV technology. Zenith developed the 8-VSB digital transmission system at the heart of the FCC’s adopted ATSC DTV Standard. The company has several patents essential to the operation of over-the-air digital television receivers compliant with the ATSC DTV standard.

The FCC DTV Tuner Mandate, which began July 1, 2004, requires 8-VSB tuners in 50 percent of 36in and larger sets sold in the United States. Effective July 1, 100 percent of 36in and larger sets, and 50 percent of 25- to 35in sets, sold in the United States will be required to incorporate 8-VSB demodulators. The rule will apply to all TVs 13in and larger in 2007.

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