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European Commission's International Press Centre Evolves with Thomson

Help for journalists covering European Commission Events (September 19, 2001)
When Brussels becomes the centre of the European community on 1 January, a new International Press Centre (IPC) will be online to help journalists from around the world to cover European Commission meetings. The idea for an IPC was that of Guy Verhofstadt, Belgium's Prime Minister, who realised that Brussels did not have an adequate place to house journalists covering European Commission events.

With all major European meetings taking place in Brussels, the IPC will be the centre of political press coverage within the European Union. Thomson multimedia Broadcast Solutions was selected to provide the video equipment for the IPC.

The Brussels IPC will be equipped with a DD-35 1M/E production switcher with preset-program row, three LDK 100 cameras (with the IPC pre-wired for a total of nine cameras), a 64x64 Venus router for both serial digital video and two audio channels, a Triton router for time code, a Jupiter Control System, and Evolution modular products to interconnect the facility.

The Evolution series is a complete range of modular audio, video and optical interfaces, for mounting in 1RU (power supply and three interface cards) or 3RU (power supply and 11 interface cards) frames. The range includes interfaces for analogue and digital signals, providing great flexibility and a high degree of security for the user. Digital video modules include DAs, frame synchronisers, phasing units, audio-video multiplexers and demultiplexers, and A-to-D / D-to-A converters. Analogue video modules include DAs, cable equalisation, and preselectors. For AES/EBU digital audio, modules include DAs, delay line and audio synchronisers driven with video synchronisers, bit rate converters and synchronisers, and A-to-D / D-to-A converters. Analogue audio modules include mono or dual DAs, preselectors, compressor-limiter, and line amplifiers.

Fibre optic modules include SDI optical transmitters and receivers, optical embedders and disembedders, monochromatic transmitters, and wavelength optical multiplexers and demultiplexers.

Evolution modular products are available to handle 4:2:2 or 4:0:0 key signals, 75 Ohms unbalanced or 110 Ohms balanced AES/EBU digital audio signals, test signal generation, variable vertical blanking, cable equalisation and custom versions. The Evolution line also includes numerous other accessories (cables, extenders, back-up power supplies, master control panel, tools etc).

About Thomson multimedia
With sales of 9.1 billion Euros (U.S. $ 8.3 billion) in 2000 and 73,000 employees in more than 30 countries, Thomson multimedia provides a wide range of video (enabling) technologies, systems, finished products and services to consumers and professionals of the entertainment and media industries. To advance and enable the digital media transition, Thomson multimedia has five principal activities: Digital Media Solutions, Displays and Components, Consumer Products, New Media Services, and Patents and Licensing. The company distributes its products under the popular Thomson, RCA and Technicolor brand names. For more information:

Within the Digital Media Solutions activity, the Broadcast and Network Solutions business represents the interests formed by the acquisition of the former Philips Broadcast business combined with Thomson Broadcast Systems and Nextream - a joint venture between Thomson multimedia and Alcatel. Thomson multimedia Broadcast & Network Solutions provides advanced digital broadcast & network solutions for content providers, broadcasters and operators, and offers end-to-end digital solutions from television production and digital film production to digital satellite, terrestrial and cable distribution. For more information:

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