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  • Mitsubishi Electric Shows HDTV Home Server
  • March 3, 1999 (TOKYO) — Mitsubishi Electric Corp. recently showed an HDTV home server to store high-definition TV video, a digital broadcasting system and other fruits of its R&D; efforts.
    The broadcasting system was delivered to CBS Worldwide Inc. in 1998.

    The Information Technology R&D; Center of Mitsubishi Electric showed its research results on Feb. 24.

    Prior to the opening of demonstration, Ichiro Taniguchi, president of Mitsubishi Electric, said, “We will further selectively shift human resources to important fields in R&D; to create more business opportunities out of their results. Most of products presented here will be available in market during fiscal 1999.”

    Among 13 development results, the most noteworthy one is an HDTV-compliant home server. The server is used for storing digital broadcast programs on Windows NT PCs. Instead of video recordings made on a videocassette recorder, the server records video signals on a hard disk drive.

    It can record and play back up to three transport streams of MPEG2 information at about 26Mbps. It means reproduction of recorded material is possible while also recording.

    Mitsubishi developers said the HDTV-compliant home server required high levels of data input/output control rather than real-time operating system performance.

    The company claimed that it proved the possibility of configuring a home server for HDTV with an operating system widely available such as Windows NT.

    Moreover, Mitsubishi Electric presented a digital broadcast system designed for a broadcasting station and a proprietary receiver. The system conforms to a U.S. digital broadcasting specification.

    The company also developed a similar system corresponding to Japanese terrestrial digital broadcast specifications. It is due to be shipped to the Telecommunications Advancement Organization of Japan (TAO), an extra-department body of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), at the end of March 1999.

    TAO is going to test a terrestrial digital broadcast system at 10 sites throughout Japan. Mitsubishi’s system will be used in the Okayama-Takamatsu district.

    (BizTech News Dept.)

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