Going Digital

When U.S. TV signals switch from analog to digital in February 2009, as is mandated by federal law, the result could be staggering — for electronics manufacturers.

Millions of TV watchers are expected to need convertors in order to view the digital signals on their older model TVs. And the federal government is passing out vouchers to help pay for those boxes. It could add up to billions of dollars of sales for companies that design or build the convertors, a nice payday even if it’s just a one-time windfall.

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Mike Buetow is president of the Printed Circuit Engineering Association (pcea.net). He previously was editor-in-chief of Circuits Assembly magazine, the leading publication for electronics manufacturing, and PCD&F, the leading publication for printed circuit design and fabrication. He spent 21 years as vice president and editorial director of UP Media Group, for which he oversaw all editorial and production aspects. He has more than 30 years' experience in the electronics industry, including six years at IPC, an electronics trade association, at which he was a technical projects manager and communications director. He has also held editorial positions at SMT Magazine, community newspapers and in book publishing. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois. Follow Mike on Twitter: @mikebuetow