Madley, UK. 11 April 2017: ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF distribution equipment for satellite communications, is set to showcase its range of solutions for Broadcast at NAB 2017, including the 64×64 Hurricane matrix router and the 128×128 Harrier 10U matrix – which will make its NAB debut.

Both technologies provide similar benefits including the ability to customise the router with input modules that match the customer’s specific RF signal requirements, depending on the satellite feed. Each input can be tailored with different features including fibre connector inputs, LNB powering, variable gain and variable slope compensation to balance signal levels. These features make the products ideal for broadcast applications including TVRO applications for playout centres or news gathering and live sports events requiring rapid changing of occasional use services.

Hurricane Matrix

Hurricane Matrix

Also on show at ETL’s Booth at the event, which runs from April 24th to April 27th, will be ETL’s StingRay RF over Fibre range. As the most compact fibre chassis on the market and the first product of its kind to introduce hot-swap power supply units (PSU) in a 1U RF over Fibre chassis, StingRay addresses the growing number of satellite teleports requiring reliable fibre links. It also features local, as well as remote control and monitoring facilities.

For flexible and resilient L-band signal management, ETL will also be displaying the Dextra series of high performance L-band splitters and combiners as well as the compact 4U high modular system; which can hold up to 16 RF modules, including a mix of splitters, combiners, switches and amplifiers.

“We are very much looking forward to showcasing our technology solutions at NAB as it is one of the biggest events on our calendar where broadcast professionals and clients have the opportunity to get an insight into what we do,” said Susan Saadat, ETL’s Vice President of Americas. “We are especially excited to showcase our Harrier matrix which was not seen at last year’s event.”

ETL Systems is recognised internationally for its innovation and professional service and benefits from dedicated in-house RF and test engineers, with custom-made solutions a particular speciality.

The company’s presence at NAB comes after a significant order was placed by network communications service provider O3b, which is launching an additional eight satellites and placed an order with ETL to provide a full matrix expansion to all of its gateway stations to handle its expected increase in traffic. ETL also assisted in testing and installing the first gateway for O3b.

NAB visitors can find ETL at booth SU7823.

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About ETL Systems:
ETL design and build high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, with a focus on customisation and customer service. In FY2016, 91% of sales were exports.

ETL’s products are generally used in satellite ground stations and include switch matrices, splitters, amplifiers, and fibre optic equipment. Customers include governments, satellite operators, telecoms companies, and broadcasters. Eight of the top twelve NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens and fourteen of the top twenty global satellite operators also use ETL equipment.

With its dedicated in-house engineers based in Herefordshire, UK, ETL Systems has seen an average growth of 20 per cent in the last five years and has won three Queens Awards for International Trade.

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+44 (0)1981 259020
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Demonstrations at NAB SHOW 2017

ETL Systems’ 64×64 Hurricane L-band Matrix-
The Hurricane Matrix includes a 4U compact, modular design. Ka-band ready for HTS applications (850-2450 MHz operating frequency range) and can be purchased with a range of individual options to suit a particular set of RF needs. The new design offers flexibility and optimised performance, including fibre inputs on modules which allow fibre optic link cables to be connected directly to the matrix, LNB powering options on matrix inputs, eliminating the need for a separate LNB power supply unit, RF detection to monitor signal levels for optimum signal quality, and variable gain and variable slope compensation options. The Matrix’s energy efficient amplifiers are only switched on for active paths, minimising power consumption.

ETL Systems’ 128×128 Harrier L-band Matrix
The Harrier Matrix has the same functionality as the Hurricane matrix, but provides up to 128 x 128 feeds in a compact 10U high chassis.

ETL Systems’ Stingray RF Over Fibre
Building on existing RF expertise, the new range provides a unique design for high isolation applications.

“This is the most compact unit of its kind on the market, capable of fitting the greatest number of hot-swap transmit and receive fibre modules in the smallest space,” said Dr Esen Bayar, Technical Director of ETL Systems. “We have focused on excellent module to module isolation and this StingRay fibre chassis helps satellite teleports with transition distances options from 10km up to 50km.”

ETL Systems’ Dextra Splitters and Combiners
A range of web-enabled professional splitters and combiners to cover the L-band frequency range will be available to view at NAB SHOW. The new Dextra series includes 4-way and 8-way splitters and combiners in both single and dual configurations and 16-way splitters and combiners, available as single units. The range offers consistently excellent RF performance, including high linearity and low noise figure, and outperforms some of the more expensive models available. 10MHz and DC Pass options now available.

16 x 16 Victor Matrix
Easy future expansion – All models now available with software enabled expansion, allowing customers to start with a matrix as small as 4 x 4, allowing them to expand in the future up to 16 x 16 in single steps, via a software key. No need to send the matrix back to ETL for expansion.

Alto Amplifiers
ETL’s Alto series range of L-band Amplifiers provides signal management flexibility within an RF chain. Used to offset signal loss from long runs of cables and passive splitters and combiners by providing gain, the Alto series of amplifiers provide excellent RF performance in a modular design, with a variety of chassis and modules which can be configured to suit a range of applications. The Amplifiers can be fixed gain, variable gain, with dual redundant amplifiers also available.

To arrange a demo at NAB SHOW 2017, find out more about ETL’s new projects, or for any further information please contact [email protected].

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