This thesis provides a look into the design process adopted in the course of developing the Zboard, a product aimed at the market niche of low cost set-top boxes. The method described in the sections of this document is inclusive of the process of the “dream” refinement, the practical implementation of this more-realistic target and a final analysis as to the success, or lack thereof, of the design coupled with some suggestions regarding future enhancements of the product.
On a more specific level, the thesis provides a detailed look into the design techniques need to employ the L7200 into a given device, describing the means adopted in the implementation of various functional interfaces. Furthermore, a detailed account on the development involved in the realisation of a software modem has been included.
Ultimately, the thesis was a success in terms of functionality, however, it fell short of the full technical level that was initially specified. However, some corrective measures/improvements have been suggested thereby ensuring the product will be ready when adopted commercially.