Besides being Gadget Heaven, the just-concluded Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was also the venue for distribution of Emmy Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering/Technical Development. Emmy Awards are given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Unlike the better-known awards for programming, the technology/engineering Emmys can be given to multiple recipients in a category.
Those garnering awards in this cycle were Harris Corp. and Sony for Serial Interface and protocols for Server/VTR Control; XOrbit and Scripps Networks for Delivery Confirmation Systems; the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) and Thomson Grass Valley for Development and Standardization of File Formats for Video and Audio; along with Tandberg Television and DirecTV for Pioneering Development of MPEG-4 AVC Systems for HDTV.
Harris Corp., joined by Micro Communications Inc. and Radio Frequency Systems, picked up a second award for Pioneering RF Combiners for Adjacent Channels on Common Antenna Systems.
Also collecting second Emmys were Thomson Grass Valley and Sony, who joined Silicon Image, Toshiba, Matsushita, Hitachi, Philips, Molex, Japan Aviation Electronics and Intel for Help in Developing HDMI.
Other winners were the Metropolitan Opera Association for Ongoing Live Global HD Cinemacasting; the Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, the Advanced Television Committee, the Advanced Television Test Center and the Advanced Television Evaluation Laboratory for Standardization of the ATSC Digital System; the Video Coding Expert Group and Moving Pictures Experts Group for the MPEG-4 AVC Standard.