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Telecast Announces Rattler HD/SDI Mini Transceiver

New USB-powered mini transceiver receives critical acclaim at NAB2005 (May 24, 2005)

The new Rattler mini HD/SDI transceiver from Telecast Fiber Systems, displayed for the first time at NAB2005, has already won two prestigious awards for its ability to lower cost and complexity in fixed and remote broadcast applications, the company announced today.

"Our new Rattler family provides broadcasters with small, handy solutions to the cabling challenges they routinely face in the field," said Eugene Baker, Telecast's vice president and chief technical officer. "These represent the first HD/SDI fiber adapters that fall into the category of 'gadgets,' allowing crews to carry full-featured fiber systems in their pockets for immediate requirements. They are plug-and-play devices that even include integrated diagnostics, such as a power meter and signal indicators."

A miniature HD/SDI transmitter and receiver set, the Rattler accepts a coax input into the TX unit for uncompressed signal output on fiber, and turns it back into coaxial video with the RX unit. Each 3-inch-long device, weighing approximately 1.8 ounces, derives power from a standard USB cable, an innovative approach that allows something as ubiquitous and inexpensive as a four-port USB hub to power up to four Rattlers efficiently. The system eliminates the need for bulky power cords or "dongles." The mini USB interface also includes provisions for SNMP network monitoring access.

The Rattler brought home two awards for Telecast in April: the STAR Award from TV Technology and the Pick Hit Award from Broadcast Engineering. Learn more about Telecast's complete range of fiber systems at

About Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc.
Telecast Fiber Systems, Inc. is a leader in portable and fixed fiber optic systems for television broadcast production. The company's video, audio, and communications systems are used worldwide by TV networks, teleproduction companies, telecommunications providers, and private and government institutions and facilities to extend range, simplify cabling, and reduce labor costs and set-up time. The company's systems accommodate all television production signals, including NTSC/PAL video, 601 and HDTV SDI, analog and AES/EBU audio, triaxial wideband camera interfaces, and intercom and data signals.

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