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ATSC 3.0 Tools - Overview  

ATSC 3.0 Tools - Overview

DekTec offers an extensive set of ATSC 3.0 products for developers as well as end users.
The signal generator and analyzer are great for product validation, demos, field trials, in the lab, etc. Our SDK lets you create custom products for any ATSC 3.0 application.


ATSC 3.0 - Fact Sheet

Transmission Terrestrial
Video HEVC
Audio AC-4, MPEG-H
Transport IP (no TS), ROUTE, MMT
Bandwidth 6MHz
Modulation OFDM up to 32K FFT, 4KQAM
Bit rate Up to 57Mbps

ATSC 3.0 Products - Quick Links

Hardware products:

DTA-2115B All-band modulator for PCIe
DTA-2131 VHF/UHF receiver for PCIe
DTU-315 All-band modulator for USB-3



Atsc3Xpress Signal generator / modulator
Atsc3Xpert ATSC 3.0 receiver / analyzer


ATSC 3.0 for developers:

DTAPI SDK with ATSC 3.0 modulation and advanced demodulator API for ATSC 3.0

Beyond Physical Transmission

Modulation is only one aspect of the ATSC 3.0 ecosystem. DekTec offers several products for other parts of the protocol stack, e.g.:

DTA-2174 4K input/output for PCIe
DTA-2184 4K HEVC encoder for PCIe
Coming soon!
StreamXpert HEVC and AC-4 analysis
VF-Rec 4K recording (JPEG-2000)
Zond 265 Deep HEVC analysis

DekTec and ATSC 3.0

DekTec has a long history of developing broadcast modulators and receivers, dating back to the early days of digital television. We have been involved in several major standardization efforts, amongst others the now ubiquitous DVB-T2.

Currently we are an active member of the ATSC-3 Validation & Verification group, having participated in several "plug fests" to verify interoperability. You can be assured that our products meet the latest ATSC 3.0 standards.

Both our modulator- and receiver technology are highly software-based. We dare to say that our SDR technology is the most advanced in the world. For our customers, this means flexibility (e.g. grow with standard updates) and feature-rich products, e.g. advanced RF measurements and graphs, which are not possible otherwise.

ATSC 3.0 - Convergence of IP and Broadcast

ATSC 3.0 is a suit of standards specifying all layers of a broadcast system including video and audio encoding, transport protocols and physical transmission. Where conventional standards use MPEG-2 Transport Streams, ATSC 3.0 is fully IP based. This enables hybrid broadcast and broadband service delivery e.g. for personalized advertisements.

Hierarchical ATSC-3 constellation
displayed in Atsc3Xpert

The physical layer of ATSC 3.0 supports bitrates from less than 1Mbps in the most robust mode up to more than 57Mbps when using the most efficient mode. One emission can carry multiple modes, allowing delivery of SD, HD and Ultra HD services to fixed as well as mobile receivers.

ATSC 3.0 uses techniques similar to DVB-T2, including OFDM, LDPC error-correction and multi-PLP. It also introduces new elements such as a bootstrap signal, hierachical constellations, new PLP-multiplexing- and time interleaving techniques.

ATSC 3.0 is not compatible with ATSC 1.0 (8VSB). However, DekTec's ATSC 3.0 modulators and receivers also support 8VSB, to ease the transition.

Modulator and Receiver Hardware Products

DekTec offers a number of PC add-on modulator- and receiver products with full support for the latest revision of ATSC 3.0 and legacy support for ATSC 1.0 (8VSB). These units can be used with the ATSC 3.0 applications (next section) for instant generation, reception or analysis of ATSC 3.0, or you can use the SDK to integrate them in your custom ATSC-3 product.

DTA-2115B - All-standard VHF/UHF/L-band modulator for PCIe

DTA-2115B – All-standard VHF/UHF/L-band modulator for PCIe

DekTec's highest-end modulator for satellite, terrestrial and cable standards. The RF output level is programmable from -60 to 0dBm.

DTU-315 - All-standard all-band modulator for USB-3

DTU-315 – All-standard all-band modulator for USB-3

Truly portable modulator for satellite, terrestrial and cable standards in a single device. The DTU-315 is bus-powered, so no power supply is required, even when connected to a laptop.

DTA-2131 - Multi-standard VHF/UHF receiver for PCIe

DTA-2131 – Multi-standard VHF/UHF receiver for PCIe

High-quality VHF/UHF receiver and I/Q sampler that comes with a set of software-based demodulators for an increasing range of QAM- and OFDM-based standards, including ATSC 3.0 and ATSC 1.0 (8VSB).

Applications for Generating and Receiving ATSC 3.0

DekTec offers two general-purpose applications, Atsc3Xpress and Atsc3Xpert, that you can run out of the box to generate, receive and analyze ATSC 3.0 signals. They can be used to create a test transmission with live IP in- and output, power demos, validate your ATSC 3.0 product, etc.

DTC-386-ATSC3 - ATSC-3 signal generator software

Atsc3Xpress – ATSC-3 signal generator software

This application lets you create a broadcast-quality ATSC-3.0 signal from your desk, with full control over all parameters, supporting subframes, multi-PLP, a variety of PLP-multiplexing strategies and more.

Real-time IP- and offline PCAP input for Atsc3Xpress
DTC-341-A3X - ATSC-3 reception and analysis software

Atsc3Xpert – ATSC-3 reception and analysis software

ATSC 3.0 receiver, analyzer and recorder with real-time IP output. The GUI shows advanced RF measurements, signaling info, graphs of #LDPC iterations, transfer function, impulse response and constellation.

ATSC 3.0 analysis, transcoding to IP and capturing in PCAP file

Create Your Own ATSC 3.0 Gear

For product developers, the DekTec SDK (DTAPI) takes away the burden of worrying about the physical-layer aspects of ATSC 3.0 communication. It supports virtually all features of the latest ATSC Physical Layer Protocol specification (A/322), including multi-PLP, multiple subframes, Layered Division Multiplexing (LDM) and Hybrid Time Interleaving (HTI).

To build a transmitter application, you only need to pass modulation parameters and ATSC Link-layer Protocol (ALP) packets. The DekTec SDK takes care of packet scheduling, framing, FEC, interleaving and carrier modulation.

To build an ATSC 3.0 monitoring application, DekTec offers the Advanced Demodulator API, a subsystem of DTAPI for receiving and analyzing RF modulated signals. It provides real-time information about the RF-signal, bootstrap- and layer-1 parameters, constellation diagrams and several graphs. PLPs are decoded simultaneously and passed to the user application as ALP packets.