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Telecast Fiber Introduces New Adder II Audio Multiplexers

Boosts capacity, speed, and quality with Natrix bus architecture (March 31, 2005)

Telecast Fiber Systems today announced the debut of its Adder II series of audio multiplexers. Central to the Adder II is a configurable Natrix bus architecture that cascades individual frames of 16 AES or analog audio channels to form a fiber trunk capable of distributing up to 256 AES or 512 analog audio channels. With the Natrix technology, Adder II provides broadcasters with unprecedented flexibility in configuring a faster, more reliable audio distribution network.

"The Adder II takes Telecast's industry-leading Adder series of portable fiber optic audio multiplexers to the next level for large-scale audio acquisition and distribution," said Joe Commare, vice president of marketing. "Our Adder II systems provide an integrated, coordinated approach to delivering audio, intercom, and data signals. The Natrix engine drives many of the most powerful improvements, resulting in a system that minimizes fiber installation costs, increases flexibility, and boosts reliability -- all while distributing pristine 24-bit audio with a signal-to-noise ratio of over 100 dB and ultra-low latency at any range."

The Natrix 1.5-Gbps bus architecture enables users to configure their audio networks to match the exact complement of channels needed for an application, simply by adding additional 1-RU Adders. The Adder II can be used for simple one-way analog links with 16 channels of audio to far more complex installations that bring more channels into the chain, even from other locations. Signals can be added by simply "dialing in" the desired channel groups on the receiver to expand the network. Any signal can be dropped from any location, providing unlimited control of audio distribution on just one fiber.


Because analog audio, AES/EBU, intercom, and data units can be combined in any arrangement, the Adder II provides unparalleled flexibility in signal conversion, multiplexing, transport, patching, and distribution. With all signals available in AES/EBU format at every location, Adder II facilitates fast, economical network changes without requiring expensive, time-consuming recabling. It also minimizes the need for additional equipment such as D-A converters. Further flexibility is provided though an AES patchbay that can be implemented anywhere on a network to route and distribute digital audio signals.

Adder II continues to provide the bi-directional intercom and data support that is a popular feature of legacy Adder systems. Each unit provides optional IP-based SNMP network monitoring with a user-friendly GUI, and analog TX units can be controlled locally or remotely with the addition of a 1-RU mic controller unit. With this feature, users have control of the mic gain and phantom voltage for each channel in the system.

Telecast's new Adder II systems will be on display at NAB2005 booth SU8375 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 18-21. More information about Telecast's complete range of fiber systems is available online at www.telecast-fiber.com.


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.

More information can be found at www.telecast-fiber.com.

 


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