GatesAir to Debut High-Power Maxiva Air-Cooled UHF Transmitters at the 2016 NAB Show

New transmitters offer next-generation broadband amplification, market-leading power and space efficiency

CINCINNATI, March 21, 2016 — At the 2016 NAB Show, GatesAir—a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters—will debut the Maxiva UAXT-12 and UAXT-16, the newest members of its Maxiva™ UAXT high-efficiency, air-cooled UHF transmitter product family. The new transmitters extend the UAXT range, introduced in late 2014, to higher power levels not previously available in air-cooled transmitters. This gives UHF broadcasters the improved power efficiency and greater modularity of GatesAir’s advanced PowerSmart® transmitter designs, including the third-generation PowerSmart Plus architecture along with the simplicity of air-cooled operation.

GatesAir Maxiva UAXT-16 UHF air-cooled transmitter
GatesAir Maxiva UAXT-16 UHF air-cooled transmitter

The UAXT with advanced PowerSmart designs provide the convenience of air cooling at higher power levels. This offers a clear operational value proposition for broadcasters unable to support liquid-cooling architectures for high-power TV due to the remote location of, or limited real estate within, the RF plant. With GatesAir’s broadband amplification at the core of the transmitters, broadcasters are assured a smaller footprint for cleaner installation in space-challenged RF plants.

The market-leading efficiency gains of the high-power UAXT design deliver 10.8 kW (UAXT-12) and 14.4 kW (UAXT-16) of pre-filter ATSC power to the broadcaster, outperforming the competition by more than 20 percent.

“In anticipation of the Spectrum Repack, broadcasters are re-evaluating their transmission systems and how they might be affected upon moving to a new channel and/or entering into a channel-sharing plan with another TV station,” said Rich Redmond, Chief Product Officer, GatesAir. “These two new UAXT configurations deliver market-leading transmitter efficiency with simplified maintenance and operation—all very significant benefits for broadcasters facing new challenges associated with channel relocation. These transmitters also integrate more advanced IP connectivity to help broadcasters more flexibly adapt to IP transport capabilities within advanced DTV standards like DVB-T2, ISDB-Tb, and looking forward, ATSC 3.0.”

GatesAir's PowerSmart Plus technology drives the exceptional efficiency of the latest-generation Maxiva UHF and VHF transmitters
GatesAir’s PowerSmart Plus technology drives the exceptional efficiency of the latest-generation Maxiva UHF and VHF transmitters

The new Maxiva UAXT-12 and UAXT-16 transmitters join a growing UAXT product line that offers six power levels from 1kW to 14kW for low-to-medium power needs. As with all Maxiva transmitters, the new UAXT models offer unparalleled modularity to simplify field maintenance with hot-swappable power amplifiers and supplies, and minimize spare parts. GatesAir will showcase the UAXT-12 and UAXT-16—along with its entire range of Maxiva UHF and VHF transmission products—on the exhibit floor at the 2016 NAB Show, April 18-21, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. GatesAir will exhibit at Booth N2512. 

About GatesAir          

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 for more information, Like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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