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    Michael (Mick) Posner joined Synopsys in 1994 and is currently Director of Product Marketing for Synopsys' DesignWare USB Solutions. Previously, he was the Director of Product Marketing for Physical (FPGA-based) Prototyping and has held various product marketing, technical marketing manager and application consultant positions at Synopsys. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering from the University of Brighton, England.

Meet the Prototypers #1 : Prototyping enables immediate BBC Demonstration of DVB-T2-Lite

Posted by Michael Posner on August 4th, 2011

Problem: How do you start live tests of the new DVB-T2-Lite standard within days of it being approved?

Answer: With an FPGA-based prototype of course!   


The link takes you to the British Broadcasting Corporations (BBC) R&D Blog where they talk about test transmissions of the new DVB-T2-Lite standard.  They started live transmissions within days of the standard being approved by developing prototype transmitter (modulator) and receiver (demodulator) designs. 

Justin Mitchell of the BBC with the prototype modulator

Justin Mitchell of the BBC with the prototype modulator (Look closely, there is Synopsys HAPS FPGA-based prototype systems in the enclosure)

The BBC were key contributors to the FPMM and their success with the DVB-T2-Lite go live clearly endorses their expertise in both the digital broadcasting and prototyping fields.

For those interested the new T2-Lite profile is designed to make use of the same reliable features we are familiar with from DVB-T2, but by a careful selection of a sub-set of modes, allows for receivers to be implemented using much smaller and more efficient silicon chips. So T2‑Lite will efficiently deliver TV and radio to mobile devices such as phones and tablets (for which power consumption is an important issue) and in-car at the same time as providing services to existing fixed receivers.

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3 Responses to “Meet the Prototypers #1 : Prototyping enables immediate BBC Demonstration of DVB-T2-Lite”

  1. Charles Abraham says:

    Using FPGA Xilinx create modulation communication codes, and Ethernet DHCP protocol to develop.

    Please email me for details.


    Charles Abraham

  2. Doug Amos says:

    Hi Charles,
    Thanks for your comment. Those FPGA designs you mention; are they part of a prototyping project? Or are they opart of a production FPGA design?
    Keen to learn more.

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