GatesAir expands its energy-efficent transmitter range and intelligent IP networking portfolio to improve performance and flexibility while reducing operational expenses
CINCINNATI, August 22, 2016 —At IBC2016 in Amsterdam, GatesAir—the global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for DTV and FM broadcasters—will unveil its latest FM range of transmitters and intelligent networking solutions to international broadcasters.
The European debut of the GatesAir Flexiva™ LX solid-state FM radio transmitter sets the latest standard for green, energy-efficient RF operations with the industry’s highest price-to-performance ratio for low-power FM applications. Compact and low-cost, the GatesAir Flexiva™ LX integrates GatesAir’s latest-generation software-defined exciter and several components previous available only as separate units, including a digital multi-band audio processor and a stereo encoder with composite clipper. This design ensures a single streamlined analog FM platform that is easy to maintain both serately or within larger transmission headends. The Flexiva LX is available for power levels ranging from 10 to 1050 Watts (1 kW), making it ideally suited for gap filler applications in national FM radio networks.
“While the Flexiva LX is positioned at the lower-power end of the product line, broadcasters will find that it provides top-of-the-line features, energy efficiency, and on-air sound quality at a very attractive, budget friendly price-point,” Redmond said.
The Flexiva LX will be demonstrated alongside higher power Flexiva FLX liquid-cooled and FAX air-cooled transmitters. These high-efficiency transmitters leverage GatesAir’s PowerSmart® 3D transmission architecture for best-in-class power efficiency, simple single-engineer maintenance, and exceptional signal performance. With their modular design, Flexiva FLX and FAX transmitters utilize the latest 50-volt LDMOS amplifier devices, compact high-efficiency power supplies, variable speed cooling and the Flexiva FAX exciter with real-time adaptive correction (RTAC™) to optimize signal qualtiy and compliance.
“With every new Flexiva transmitter introduction and upgrade, we strive to help broadcasters lower their operating expenses by reducing their RF plant’s energy usage, space requirements, maintenance costs and carbon footprint, without performance compromises,” said Redmond. “We believe that this mission is the key to helping broadcasters stay competitive, and take advantage of new broadcasting opportunities, while preserving the environment. We encourage broadcasters to see how GatesAir is pushing the envelope on energy- and cost-efficiency that leads to a rapid return on investment.”
Intraplex® IP Link MPX
GatesAir will also demonstrate another new product making its European debut—the GatesAir Intraplex® IP Link MPX. The newest member of the GatesAir IP Link audio codec family, the new Intraplex IP Link MPX is a full-duplex product built specifically for the FM studio-to-transmitter link, and designed to solve universal bandwidth challenges of transporting digital FM composite signals over IP networks.
The Intraplex IP Link MPX offers an extensive feature set, including multiple input and output ports for signal redundancy, decoding of audio and RDS content from either the input or output MPX signal, and the option to incorporate external SCA subcarrier signals into the output MPX signal. It also offers features common to all IP Link codecs, including stream splicing, forward error correction (FEC), and a trio of network interfaces for optimal stream reliability.
“Broadcasters have been seeking an IP transport solution that simplifies their program distribution by enabling them to centralize their audio processing equipment at one studio. And rather than having to deploy audio processors, stereo generators and other auxiliary network at multiple receive locations, they want to send audio and data in a single bandwidth-efficient stream to multiple transmitter and booster locations,” Redmond said. “The IP Link MPX codec can support both digital and analog composite FM signal transport with a centralized operation, using optimal bitrates that suit each customer’s unique IP network bandwidth constraints.”
Visitors to IBC2016, taking place September 9-13 at the RAI Exhibition Center in Amsterdam, can see these and other GatesAir solutions across studio systems, intelligent networking and transmission at Stand 8.C30.
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content. With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.
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