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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 15  •  4/13/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

April 14, 1982:
* The U.S. and Nicaragua agree to try lessening tensions between their two
countries, but no time or place for formal discussions is announced.

April 15, 1982:
* The two military men and three civilians convicted by a military court of
assassinating former President Anwar Sadat are executed with the approval of
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who rejects their final pleas for clemency.

April 16, 1982:
* Keeping a campaign promise, President Reagan announces a proposal for tuition
tax credits for families who send their children to private elementary or
secondary schools.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: The Sword and the Sorcerer

April 17, 1982:
* Canada loses the last vestiges of legal dependence on Great Britain when
Queen Elizabeth II proclaims the first formal Canadian constitution. Canada,
which had been governed for more than a century by the British North America
Act of 1967, retains the British monarch as its official head of state.
* "Chariots of Fire" soundtrack by Vangelis (CED) becomes the No. 1 U.S. album.

April 18, 1982:
* Kathy Whitworth wins the LPGA CPC International golf tournament, her 82nd
victory since 1962.

April 19, 1982:
* The United States, charging Havana with subversion in Central America,
announces a ban on U.S. tourist and business travel to Cuba.
* Alberto Salazar wins the Boston Marathon with a course record of 2 hr 8 min
51 sec, just two seconds ahead of Dick Beardsley.
* Two Australian Cabinet ministers resign in the wake of a customs scandal.

April 20, 1982:
* Biologists find life flourishing on volcanic energy 8,600 feet under the sea
off the coast of California.
* American poet and playwright Archibald MacLeish dies in Boston at age 90.

Date: Mon, 08 Apr 2002 11:40:48 -0800
From: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: James E. Carnes Announces Retirement as CEO of Sarnoff Corp.

Hello All:

Jim Carnes, CEO of Sarnoff Corp. (formerly RCA Laboratories) last week
announced his upcoming retirement after 11 years in that job. Here's a Sarnoff
press release on Dr. Carnes' retirement:

In the late 1970's Dr. Carnes headed a team at RCA Labs that developed the
first CCD comb filter integrated circuit. This IC was initially marketed in RCA
TV's in 1979 as the Dynamic Detail Processor and gave RCA a competitive
advantage with the cleaner picture and improved resolution provided by the IC.
This was the same time as the design of the SFT100 CED player was being
finalized, so two members of Dr. Carnes' team, Dalton Pritchard and Donald
Sauer, went to work on adopting the comb filter IC for CED use. The primary
comb filter function made the so-called "buried subcarrier" encoding feasible,
a form of analog compression where the chrominance subcarrier is at 1.53MHz
rather than the NTSC standard of 3.58MHz and thus can be buried inside the 3MHz
luminance bandwidth.

A secondary function of the custom chip implemented for CED players was a 1-H
delayed signal, which allows the FM demodulator circuit to choose either the
incoming video or the 1-H delayed video signal. This was used for the
correction of picture drop-outs caused by small defects on the disc surface.
The CED Comb filter/defect corrector IC is RCA Part No. 149039, and the same IC
was used in all F/G/J/K CED players: --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Ken King" <kkingcqe> To: Subject: CueCat Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 13:06:42 I hadn't known about the bar codes on CEDs or the Excel macro available at CED Magic until reading Tom's posting about the possible demise of the company that makes the CueCat scanner. Seemed like a good idea so I found and purchased one on eBay. I didn't know about the need to contact the manufacturer to activate the software (as Tom mentioned, their Web site seems to be gone) and it doesn't seem to be doing the job without it. can anyone offer some help here? Thanks, -Ken


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