New line of customised RF Matrices to be revealed at IBC 2016

25th August 2016
Posted By : Anna Flockett
New line of customised RF Matrices to be revealed at IBC 2016


Designer and manufacturer of RF distribution equipment for satellite communications, ETL Systems, will showcase new RF technologies with a focus on flexibility and customisation at this year’s IBC, 9th to 13th September, in Amsterdam.

ETL System’s new Hurricane series switch Matrix/Router will among the technologies at the IBC. The ultra-compact Hurricane Matrix, which provides 64x64 routing in a compact 4RU chassis, allows the operator to select input and output modules that can be mixed and configured to exact earth station requirements within the same matrix.

“ETL’s range of 26 L-band Matrices is more than double that of its nearest competitor, catering for the individual requirements of each customer. They provide broadcasters with flexibility, efficiency and reliability in the allocation of antenna feeds to receivers,” said Andrew Bond, Sales Director at ETL Systems. “This helps them keep track of global broadcasts and receive feeds from their reporters and live events like this year’s Olympic Games in Rio.”

The Hurricane’s compact design eliminates the need for additional chassis for fibre receiver modules and/or LNB powering as it can all be integrated within the matrix. This makes it the most compact matrix in the market with inclusive LNB powering.

Alongside the Hurricane, visitors to ETL’s booth at IBC can see the StingRay RF over Fibre link range. StingRay provides a high performance solution for transmitting RF signals across sites and downtime is minimised by dual redundant, hot-swap power supplies. The range now includes ultra-wide dynamic range modules for HTS signals, 10MHz reference timing modules, 1+1 and 4+1 redundancy configuration options, providing additional resilience for uplink and downlink transmissions.

For longer distance transmissions over fibre, ETL has introduced CWDM (Coarse Wavelength Division Multiplexing) which can transmit eight wavelengths on a single fibre cable, up to 50km distances, with low loss.

ETL will also launch a new range of component products for Global Positioning System (GPS), timing and synchronisation as well as a new range of outdoor, IP65 rated, StingRay modules.

ETL’s other RF signal management products including Alto Line Amplifiers, Dextra Splitters and Combiners, and LS Series Monitoring Switches will also be on display at IBC. Ian Hilditch, CEO, and Andrew Bond will be among ETL representatives at the event to demonstrate the range of new products and highlight ETL’s quarter of a century of in-house experience in designing award-winning RF equipment.

Bond added: “IBC brings together major players in the broadcasting industry and it is a place where we can facilitate a real discussion about the future of the industry.”

He concluded with: “Visitors to our stand can not only see live demonstrations of our RF technology, but can also participate in an active discussion about the future of RF.”

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