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Pioneer Bows HDTV Plasma Solution at CES

Several vendors made announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Wednesday on products ranging from HDTV to digital TV to personal video recorders.

• Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc. showcased a complete high-definition plasma-television solution, incorporating National Television Systems Committee tuning, Advanced Television Systems Committee tuning and digital-cable tuning.

The new solution is the first step in the company’s effort to include high-definition cable tuners as standard features in all of its plasma television sets, Pioneer said in a release.

• SmartASIC Technology Inc. launched a wireless HDTV board-level solution, "SPTV800."

The SPTV800 -- which enables wireless transmission of audio and video content from servers such as media gateways, PCs, TV tuners or DVD players -- is based on Sigma Designs Inc.'s "EM8610" digital-media processor, as well as icube Corp.'s "Play@TV" digital-home-network technology.

• ADS Technologies introduced its "Instant TV Deluxe," an external, universal-serial-bus 2.0 device that allows Microsoft Corp. Windows-based PC users to watch and record television shows from any TV signal -- cable TV, digital cable, satellite TV or standard TV.

Instant TV Deluxe includes time-shifting capabilities; an infrared remote control for TV tuning, recording and playback; an electronic programming guide; and the ability to schedule and record TV shows for viewing at any time.

• Zoran Corp. announced that it and three other firms have developed a plug-and-play-complaint digital-television reference design.

The company collaborated with Digital Stream Technology Inc., Digital Keystone Inc. and VividLogic Inc. on a production-ready platform that integrates their advanced technologies to enable digital-television original-equipment manufacturers to develop products that comply with both the Federal Communications Commission’s mandate to integrate Advanced Television Systems Committee capability in terrestrial televisions and the plug-and-Play OpenCable requirements adopted by the National Cable & Telecommunications Association and the consumer-electronics industry.