I had emailed Daniel a while ago back when we thought this project was dead, he told me to keep an eye out around October and, sure enough, emailed me when the SM03 was once again listed on their site.
Let's go over these advertised details, verbatim:
"SM03 is an NTSC or PAL video decoder, noise reducer and synchroniser designed to produce high quality video images from jittery, noisy and/or out of specification sources.
It is ideal for applications in the:
Improved viewing of legacy NTSC and PAL video sources such as Laserdisc.
Recovery of analogue tape and video disc video for archiving and transfer to modern media.
Very low artefact decoding and noise reduction for MPEG encoding pre-processing (reduces compressed bandwidth requirement by up to 20% compared with conventional decoders).
Broadcast quality decoding of composite video images.
Enhancement of poor quality video images."
(image of front and rear panels)
CVBS (BNC: ~1.0V into 75Ω).
Y/C (2-BNC: Y ~1.0V into 75Ω, C ~0.3V into 75Ω). A male S-VHS to BNC cable is provided with the SM03.
Dual 12-bit ADC, 27MHz sample rate.
4dB overhead margin.
525i/625i serial digital interface (SDI - SMPTE-259M). BNC: 800mV pk-pk.
DVI: 525p or 625p (3D motion adaptive video deinterlacer)
Motion adaptive, 7-tap 3D comb filter (frame, field, line, notch selected on a pixel by pixel basis).
Adaptive 7x7 median filter (reduce impulse and 'salt and pepper' noise).
Motion adaptive 3D recursive filter.
Full frame synchroniser.
Crystal based output sync pulse generator. Compliant, low jitter output under all input video conditions.
Contrast Enhancement :
Adaptive histogram equalisation.
Chroma edge enhancement (no ringing or overshoots).
Stereo analogue audio input (48kHz sampling).
Audio embedded into SDI output.
Programmable audio delay for lipsync compensation.
Audio delay can track synchroniser delay.
Colour LCD display with encoder/switch control.
Full Proc Amp controls (luma and chroma gain, brightness and hue).
165mm x 100mm x 42mm (1U rack compatible).
12VDC (90V-260V AC-DC adaptor supplied)."
Sounds pretty promising and enticing, I hope it ends up being an excellent option and perhaps offsets the inordinate prices of the AVToolBox, DataVideo, et al. Looking forward to seeing some of the first few folks who get their hands on one for testing.
I sent Daniel a follow-up email of a feature request that is both probably FAR too late to implement, and far too niche for most users to even be interested in:
I asked him if there was any possibility of making the DVI output *DVI-I* instead of DVI-D so that it can output both analog and digital (DVI-D and ALSO RGBHV + YPbPr over the DVI. Seen this on many devices. I've actually seen, on a VERY marginal few devices, non-standard DVI pinout where they even implement pins for composite, Y/C and even stereo audio! Extremely rare to see this, though... I think I've primarily seen a small handful of Kramer devices that have said non-standard DVI pinout).
Also asked if he could add a functionality of the DVI output (whether it's strictly DVI-D, or the preposterous selection of outputs I mentioned above) to also output a non-deinterlaced 525i / 625i signal. Would be a very niche use case for most, but I have some personal reasons/gear where that output option would be of interest and benefit to me.
tl;dr I hope the SM03 lives up to all its claims and ends up being a great asset to all the folks on this forum, LaserDisc enthusiasts, and many others!