* June-21-2007: Oracle is released for sale on the dpcav.com web store.
* May-29-2007: End of Beta test. V1.4 firmware released.
* Apr-09-2007: Updated Instructions for beta testers, Click Me.
* Apr-03-2007: V1.1 firmware released.
* Mar-13-2007: Beta units with V1.0 firmware are ready to ship.
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Start of original Oct-11-2006 Post
For those that are not familiar with wireless video diversity Rx's, they use two antennas, placed a distance apart. This is called spatial diversity and it helps to eliminate multipath fading (a big nuisance in our application). It can also be used in a polarization diversity arrangement, which is effective too.
To help those that want to create their own design, Maxim has a convenient new IC that can detect loss of sync in under 5mS (<80 scan lines): Click for MAX7461 details. This IC, along with RSSI sampling, could allow two Rx's to form a very intelligent diversity Rx. Of course additional electronics is required (typically a microcontroller).
Speaking of diversity Rx's, does anyone think there is room in the market for a *commercial* design that would sell for $199 USD? If so, then share your wish list here! The main thing that would be good to know is if whistles and bells are wanted (fancy case, LCD status display, internal battery pack, etc.), or should lowest possible cost be the goal? Keep in mind that it would need to appeal to the masses and not specifically to the DiY crowd.
The direction I take will depends on the feedback. I'd like to do this project, but I would rather not create something that has little demand. My thoughts are that it would be a killer solution if it was under $200, but I am a biased bystander.
Edited by Mr.RC-Cam, 26 June 2007 - 09:13 PM.