Modular Video Endpoint
Publication Date: 2013-May-31
The IP.com Prior Art Database
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M O D U L A R V I D E O E N D P O I N T
Author: Steve Reynolds
Current video processing devices, such as set-top boxes, are often implemented as a single device, sometimes with an external power supply. This arrangement is not user friendly, as numerous wires must be connected to the device which is inconvenient and/or difficult.
A more elegant approach would be to separate the network and power connections from the video connections, resulting in zero or one wire that runs to a component that provides on-screen display (OSD) and video to the glass.
Note the number of connections that are required to a set-top box (STB) and from the STB to the TV in the following models:
Model 1: Internal Power Supply Model 2: External Power Supply Unit
The difficulty in mounting the STB in a location near the TV - especially behind the TV, as in a wall mount installation - is apparent in the number of cables and wires involved. P a g e | 1 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19103
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Much of the technology required to implement this solution may be borrowed from existing technologies, for example MoCA, 60GHz wireless video, etc.
The present solution is depicted in the following diagrams, which show a reduced number of wires and cables required in the proximity of the TV. This will make hidden installation of the video module much more feasible.
Model 3: Base and Adapter Connection w/Single Cable Connection (e.g. 60 GHz wireless)
Model 3 comprises a video modu...