Lim inducted into Consumer Technology Hall of Fame

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November 28, 2016

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Jae S. Lim recognized for role in development of HDTV.

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Pictured: Jae S. Lim at the CT Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on November 9, 2016.


Jae S. Lim, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, has been inducted into the Consumer Technology Hall of Fame in recognition of his role in the development of HDTV. The honor pays tribute to researchers and members of industry who have “advanced innovation and developed a foundation for the consumer technologies we enjoy today and others still to come.”

Lim was inducted in a November 9 ceremony in New York City for his role as a Distinguished Leader in the Digital HDTV Grand Alliance.

Lim participated in the Federal Communication Commission’s Advanced Television Standardization Process. He served as an ex-officio member of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service. He represented MIT in designing the MIT/GI System, which became one of the four finalist systems. He also represented MIT when the four finalist systems became a single system through the formation of the Grand Alliance. The Grand Alliance HDTV System became the basis for the U.S. Digital Television Standard adopted by the FCC in December 1996. Terrestrial Digital HDTV broadcasting began in the United States in 1998, and coexisted with analog terrestrial TV broadcasting until 2009. The analog service was discontinued in 2009.

The Consumer Technology Hall of Fame was created by the Consumer Technology Association. Inductees are selected by a group of media and industry professionals, who judge nominations submitted by manufacturers, retailers and industry journalists. Lim is one of 17 members inducted into the 2016 class.