It's been three years since the inception of Digital TV DesignLine. Since the beginning, I have been its Site Editor. In that time, I have written and posted hundreds of stories on all aspects of Digital TV, set-top box creation, digital rights management, wireless HD, and a host of topics related to DTV. This is the final Blog. As I like to say each week in the newsletter, "it's an exciting time for DTV," and it is; especially now with the analog cut-off date quickly approaching next February. It's a time for new products and emerging technologies. The beauty of the Consumer Electronics business is that nothing ever stays the same for long. Things are always changing as engineers find new ways to do something different. Almost every day, new chipsets are announced touting new ways to perform tasks; and more tasks are being placed on smaller and smaller chipsets.
So, for reasons beyond my control as editor, CMP will be taking down Digital TV DesignLine, and incorporating part of its coverage at Video/Imaging DesignLine. VIDL just went through a major re-design to align itself with version 2.0 for all DesignLine sites. It will have a section for Digital TV as well as cover most of the topics that it has covered in the past.
I just want to say that it's been a pleasure to run this site. As its editor, it has certainly broadened my horizons and opened my eyes to the importance of embedded technologies. Through the publication of technical articles and white papers authorized by various manufactures, it has given this editor and the readership a better understanding of the underlying technologies for numerous topics from TI's Brillant Color to Dolby True HD to PhlatLight Technology. At the same time, "hands on" and product reviews were incorporated from time to time into DTV, which the readership found of interest. Authored technical articles covered the gamut of topics. Instead of just putting any old article on the site, I always placed news and product articles that were always articles that were articles I wanted to read Of course, I also wrote many of those news and product stories especially if they had something to do with TV display launches.
Anyone who works on the web knows that it's a love/hate relationship in the virtual world. Instead of waiting months for a story to appear in print, on the web it can appear in minutes. News and developments really are up-to-date and up-to-the-minute. Of course, web publishing can also be curse because you constantly have to "feed it" content.
So, as the old song goes, "Thanks for the memories." While I may be leaving Digital TV DesignLine, I will still be covering CE for other print and virtual publications. Stories and product reviews can be found at Digital Trends and Electronic House as well as other on-line publications. I may even continue to write a story or two for EE Times.