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Triple-path routing


Harris Broadcast


By Dick Hobbs The Platinum IP3 router is being demonstrated in Europe for the first time on the Harris Broadcast stand. It is already developing a strong reputation, with more than 20 units delivered in Europe. It is described as the


Dual power output: The Blueshape Power Station PWS4


Batts don’t hang about


Blueshape By David Fox


The new Blueshape Power Station integrates multiple V- lock batteries into a power source providing simultaneous dual DC voltage output. The Italian-made quad system can supply up to 560W (using four BV HD batteries) or up to 490W (using four standard BV models). The power is available


simultaneously from four XLRs, configured as two for the 28V output and two at 14V. Highly efficient internal


electronics operate at over 92% when delivering higher loads and keep the system cool even after hours of operation for prolonged system reliability. Batteries are hot swappable to keep providing constant power without interruption. A display shows each


battery’s state of charge and the power generated by the station for easy monitoring. 11.A10


world’s first three layer router, incorporating not only audio and video but also IP data paths in the same switch. It also allows frames to be combined without additional hardware, and routers can be scaled in operation without taking them offline. The basic unit switches up to 576x1024 multiformat signals in a 28U frame, which means 2048x2048 can be


accommodated in two racks. As well as switching, the Platinum Vax IP3 can include mult-viewers, synchronisers and audio multiplexing and embedding, further saving rack space and power, and simplifying systems


engineering and installation. Internally, the architecture is


Platinum reputation: Harris latest router has already sold 20 units in Europe


designed to maximise security through redundant crosspoints. Mathias Eckert, vice


president sales and services for Europe and Africa at Harris Broadcast, added the point that “the future-proof design looks beyond baseband/IP convergence to cover ultra- high-bandwidth needs,


including 4K and


beyond. The ability for our


customers to intelligently scale routing systems to any size using a common architecture, along with the best possible on-air protection, delivers real- world benefits that are clearly viable today.” 7.G20


Fixed frequency block converters enhanced Work Microwave


By Ian McMurray Further improvements to Work Microwave’s fixed frequency block converters are being demonstrated today. New enhancements include


Ka-band support for both uplink and downlink services.


The Ka-band uplink uses frequencies between 25GHz and 32GHz, while the downlink uses frequencies between 18GHz and 23GHz. A new synthesiser allows the


frequency converters to deliver Ka-band signals with phase noise at a level that is claimed to significantly exceed the respected industry standard according to Intelsat Phase


Noise Specification, IESS- 308/309. The frequency block converters feature a compact, multichannel module design that enables operators to support up to four channels within a 19-inch housing, lowering their OPEX. As satcom operators


continue to increase the size of their bandwidth — in most cases utilising L-band


spectrum — teleports and satellite ground stations are, according to Work Microwave, subsequently increasing the length of their cable runs, creating a negative slope that significantly impairs signal quality. To address this issue, the company has added optional slope compensation up to ±5 dB over the full L- band (950MHz to 2150MHz) to


its 5th generation frequency converter series. Leveraging L- band slope functionalities, Work says that users can effectively balance the losses and negative slope of augmented cable runs to ensure that all signals entering the RF processing chain are at similar levels across all frequencies. 4.B63


New encoder/modulator announced Sapec By Ian McMurray


The Gredos GHMxx10 encoder/modulator is new from exhibitor Sapec. Based on Altum encoders, it includes a


DVB-S/S2 modulator in 1RU that, says the company, allows it to address the satellite market.


The GHMxx10 provides a main L-Band output and also a monitoring output. It supports 8PSK, 16-QAM for DVB-S and QPSK, 8PSK, 16APSK,


32APSK for DVB-S2. 10MHZ input/output is also included. One of the key features of the modulator, according to Sapec, is its low roll-off factor that can be set from 0.05 to 0.35 depending on the modulation and on the licence.


All Altum options can be


ordered, including BISS encryption, Dolby encoding, up to 16 audio processing channels, redundant power supply and so on. The equipment can be managed through the front display/keyboard (limited parameters), SNMP and a user-


friendly web interface. The Gredos encoder/ modulator processes ancillary data and full VBI supporting test lines, OP-47, Teletext, closed caption, subtitles (HD/SD) and aspect ratio signalling (AFD and WSS). 1.F21


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