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Popular Science Honors Mobile Digital Television Technology From LG Electronics With ‘Best of What’s New’ Honor
First Consumer Product Certified for Mobile DTV Wins Recognition for Innovation
NEW YORK, Nov. 18, 2010 — Mobile Digital Television is rolling out across the country and a new Mobile DTV product from LG Electronics is commanding attention as one of the “Best of What’s New” products listed in the new issue of Popular Science. The LG Mobile DTV/DVD player (model DP570MH) is one of 100 innovations to receive the honor, and the new product being recognized in the gadgets category in the magazine’s December 2010 issue.
Described by Popular Science as “Road-Ready TV,” the Mobile DTV/DVD player is only the first of a long line of products from LG and other manufacturers that will utilize the core technology built inside LG’s latest Mobile DTV chipset.
“Thanks to LG, even in the new world of Internet television, the best on-the-go programming may still be broadcast,” notes the magazine.
Compact and designed to operate either as a Mobile DTV receiver or a DVD player, the DP570MH is ideal for entertaining children in the back seat of a car or for watching local news and Mobile DTV channels on the kitchen countertop.
The DP570MH mobile receiver is also the industry’s first portable, battery-operated mobile DTV in the United States that is designed to receive new rugged over-the-air signals being transmitted by local broadcasters as well as display closed captioning information for viewers who rely on text for the full enjoyment of TV programs.
A First for Mobile Viewers
Equipped with stereo speakers and a 7-inch wide screen to display crystal clear digital TV images (at Wide QVGA resolution of 480×234), the LG Mobile Digital TV is designed so that its display screen can be tilted to the viewer’s preferred viewing angle. When not in use, the clamshell-style screen folds down and the device shrinks to about 9.5-inches by 6.5 inches (about the size of a small hardback book.)
The DP570MH comes equipped to play DVD movie discs and audio CDs, and it can also display .JPG photos and play WMA music files from its USB2.0 connection. The Mobile Digital Television has two earphone jacks so that more than one passenger can enjoy Mobile DTV shows or movies in the back seat of the car, or on a train. A removable battery that powers the device for up to 2.5 hours in TV mode or up to 4.5 hours during DVD playback, and the device includes both AC and Auto power adaptors. The LG Electronics Mobile DTV DP570MH is available now from Amazon.com.
Chips Available for Portable Device Manufacturers
Co-developer of the technology at the heart of the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard, LG Electronics is producing the critical component for Mobile DTV reception – the LG2161R single chip design that includes both the tuner and demodulator in a tiny seven millimeter square package. This key component of mobile DTV receivers already can be found in a variety of new products being introduced by various manufacturers this year for mobile DTV, from laptop USB accessory receivers to prototype netbooks with integrated mobile DTV tuners.
Standardized by the Advanced Television Systems Committee and formally adopted as the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard just over one year ago, the new technology allows broadcasters to use a portion of the existing 19.4 Megabit-per-second DTV channel capacity to transmit data with extremely robust characteristics suitable for mobile, pedestrian and handheld applications. The mobile DTV signal is also compatible with 8-VSB DTV, which was also developed by Zenith, LG’s U.S. research and development lab.