ATAS honors engineering efforts

BBC, Leitch Inc., YEM among companies feted

The BBC, the Faroudja Labs division of Sage Inc., Leitch Inc. and YEM were honored with technological and engineering Emmys Tuesday night by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Companies were cited for development of a digital HDTV upconverter.

Also among the 25 honorees, Replay and TiVo were recognized for the development of personalized in-home digital video recorders and accompanying personal television service.

Rohde & Schwarz was honored for its implementation of a multistandard precision digital test transmitter for use in receiver chip-set development and set-top box evaluation and characterization.

For development of consumer camcorders, Eastman Kodak, Hitachi, JVC, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. and Sony Corp. of America all were honored.

Laser Pacific, Eastman Kodak and Sony also picked up prizes for the development of 24P video.

Sony nabs three

Sony’s third prize for the evening was shared with Zenith for the development of flat-screen CRT technology for consumer television.

In the category of development in shared video-data storage systems technology for use in TV video servers, Leitch, Thomson Multimedia, Pinnacle Systems and Sea Change Intl. were recognized.

CNN, KGO-TV, ITN and Quantel received awards for pioneering efforts in digital asset management for TV news production.

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