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CEA Mourns the Loss of Legendary Industry Engineer Bernie Lechner

Arlington, VA – April 21, 2014 – 
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® mourns the loss of legendary consumer electronics (CE) engineer Bernie Lechner, a pioneer in television and display research and technical advisor to CEA. The following statement can be attributed to Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA:
            “Bernie Lechner is a legend in the television industry. He proved himself as one of the most respected engineering minds during critical eras of television evolution, including the transition to DTV and development of HDTV standards.
            “Throughout his outstanding service as an advisor to CEA, Bernie gave so much of himself and always steered us in a positive direction. Bernie’s remarkable contributions to the CE industry will live on, but we will miss him greatly.”
            Mr. Lechner worked closely with CEA on The DTV Academy, a group of advisors addressing strategic implementation of the digital television (DTV) transition; and the DTV Definitions Technology Working Group, which helped establish terms and standards for DTV and high-definition television (HDTV). He chaired his first CEA standards group in 1980, and later guided the industry on the performance of analog cable-ready TVs and helped usher in the HDTV system we use today.
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