Grass Valley Wins 2014 Engineering Emmy Award for LDK 6000 Camera
On January 8, 2015, the Television Academy will present its 66th Primetime Emmy Engineering Awards in Las Vegas, and Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, will be one of only five recipients recognized for technical achievement. The LDK 6000 DPM CCD Multiformat HDTV Camera System, first introduced at the NAB Show in 2000 by Philips, which was subsequently acquired by Grass Valley, is being honored for its ability to capture multiple video formats and frame rates without physically changing the image sensor.
Based on Grass Valley’s patented Dynamic Pixel Management (DPM) imager technology, the LDK 6000 Camera has been used in a wide variety of high-profile sports events and broadcasting projects. Engineering Emmy Awards are bestowed upon an individual, company or organization for developments in engineering that are either so extensive an improvement on existing methods, or so innovative in nature, that they materially affect the transmission, recording or reception of television.
“This is the 20th Emmy Award earned by Grass Valley, and it’s just as exciting as the first one,” noted Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. “The LDK 6000 Camera has played a critical role in so many major events over the years—representing the ongoing innovation that Grass Valley brings to this very demanding market. Our engineers are constantly working to identify and develop products that give our customers a competitive advantage and meet their changing needs for broadcast technology.”
When it was introduced in 2000, the LDK 6000 offered the highest quality picture available for everything from remote-controlled, portable hand-held, mobile and studio applications, to EFP uses for standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) productions and even digital cinematography.
With three 9.2-million pixel HD-DPM+CCDs, the LDK 6000 captures true progressive HD images, natively, and switches instantly between multiple formats and frame rates. The Standard version supports 1080i/720p HD formats in 50 and 59.94 Hz, and simultaneously provides high-quality SDTV output in either 50 or 59.94 Hz. The WorldCam version provides all the functionality of the Standard version as well as support for digital cinematography formats in 1080p and 720p.
“Our patented CCD technology was a real breakthrough in 2000, and the work we are doing now with our FT-CMOS technology is the next step. Being out front in capture technology guarantees that our customers will always be ready for any opportunity that arises in the future,” added Cronk.
The LDK 6000 Camera, and many of the Philips engineers who developed it, became part of the Grass Valley portfolio through acquisition activities in 2002. Today, these award-winning technologies continue to advance and are implemented in the current LDX series of cameras provided by Grass Valley.