New Products(12)

Sun, 04/30/2006 - 8:00pm

Transport stream monitoring

Princeton, N.J.—Triveni Digital has augmented its product portfolio to support MPEG-4 deployments for digital television (DTV) services. The real-time StreamScope MT-40 is an MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 transport stream monitoring and analysis unit for DTV signals carried by broadcast, cable, IPTV, mobile or satellite networks.

Designed with both broadcasters and MSOs in mind, the MT-40 features ASI, QPSK, 64/256 QAM, VSB, SMPTE 310 and Gigabit Ethernet support, plus file inputs and interfaces to the GuideBuilder metadata management systems for Triveni Digital's new Business Intent Assurance feature. Stream profiling and comparison, template learning, remote monitoring capabilities, and IP routes analysis are managed via "user-friendly" interfaces.

Retaining the features of previous StreamScope MT versions, the MT-40's distributed monitoring architecture is enhanced with fifth-generation 8-VSB receiver technology. A visualization station may be configured to monitor multiple systems over an Intranet or Internet connection.


Remote control

Atlanta—Universal Remote Control Inc. (URC) has announced its CLIKR 5 remote control—born out of research into both MSO and subscriber needs—which features a large on-demand key, programmable macros and full-keypad backlighting.

The dedicated on-demand button is exclusive for a standard subscription broadcast remote. In addition, programmable macros enable cable operators to promote their pay-perview channels or other premium services much more effectively, according to the company. Both the on-demand button and macros can be factory-set to satisfy the specific needs of individual cable systems.

CLIKR 5 is engineered to control up to five components, and operate all digital Motorola, Scientific Atlanta, Pioneer and Pace set-top boxes—including HD and DVR models. It also features one-button "power all" control for total system on/off. The remote control comes pre- programmed with a comprehensive code library, has the ability to be upgraded, and has an optional learning capability.



AFL’s Noyes
Duncan, S.C.—AFL Telecommunications has unveiled the Noyes M200 OTDR, which provides fiber optic cable test and troubleshooting capabilities in a handheld package weighing less than two pounds. The company offers three models: the M200-MM (850 nm/1300 nm multimode) and M200-Quad (850 nm/1300 nm multimode plus 1310 nm/1550 nm singlemode), which are suited for Tier-2 certification of premises fiber optic networks; and the M200-SM (1310 nm/1550 nm singlemode), designed to test and troubleshoot FTTx and fiber optic access networks.

The M200 series is based on a new hardware and software platform, which supports features including: Auto setup, auto event table, auto fiber identification (when used with a Noyes test receiver), auto dual-wavelength operation, USB data transfer, data storage on internal, non-volatile memory (greater than 100 traces) or CompactFlash removable media (1,000s of traces per card), and a back-lit/"transflective" color display that is crisp and bright both indoors and in direct sunlight.


Dry loose tube fiber cable

gel-free cables
gel-free cables
Hickory, N.C.—CommScope Inc. has introduced a new family of gel-free, stranded loose tube fiber optic cables using all-dry water-blocking technology. The cables' dry loose tube design is completely gel-free, yet it provides full water-blocking protection for outside plant applications, according to the company. It is also a performance-equivalent alternative to standard, gel-filled loose tube fiber optic cables and meets the requirements of ANSI/ICEA S-87-640; Telcordia GR-20-CORE, issue 2; and EN 187105.

The removal of the gel allows the installer to have a cleaner and safer work environment by eliminating a cleaning step and removing the need for potentially hazardous solvents that are commonly used in cleaning gel-filled cables, according to CommScope.




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