On Mon, Aug 13, 2007 at 10:52:54AM -0400, Vijay Ramasami wrote:
I have a couple of questions:
- Does the US digital cable system follow the DVB-C standard (or one
of its annexes) ? Is there any information (website) on the typical
symbol rates, bandwidths (I am guessing approx 6 MHz), used ?
There is a Cablelabs spec that defines what is used. The ETSI
standards (ITU-T J.83B) also define the particular parameters as well.
I can look up detailed references if needed…
The are actually only two standard modulations in wide use 64QAM
with a particular set of parameters that yields a 30 Mb/s signal with a
5.056941 Msym/symbol rate and a 256QAM signal which yields a 38.9 Mb/s
signal with a symbol rate of 5.360537 Msym/s
Both signals are 6 MHz wide as US CATV is universally 6 MHz
- Has anyone successfully captured (preferably unencrypted) digital
QAM transmissions using the USRP ? If so, can you please send me a
link to the data ? Given that the symbol rates are in the range of 5-6
Ms/s, it must be possible to use 16 MHz sampling frequency to
demodulate the signals.
I have used a number of purpose built demods, but not yet tried
a USRP solution. Some of the cable transport streams have open
channels, but you will find most are encrypted except the local OTA HD
signals and a few freebie promos.
It is also possible to MODULATE QAM cable standard signals,
something that gets more useful every month as more QAM/ATSC tuners are
shipped for cable ready setups with CableCards rather than set top
boxes. This of course allows direct input of MPEG transport streams
into the digital domain of LCD/plasma panels with no analog step…
Dave Emery N1PRE/AE, [email protected] DIE Consulting, Weston,
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