TeamCast announces VORTEX, a new stand-alone Terrestrial TV exciter supporting ATSC 1.0 and ready for ATSC 3.0!

Las Vegas (USA), April 10, 2015 – TeamCast, the global market leader in advanced solutions for Digital Terrestrial and Satellite Transmission, demonstrates at NAB Show 2015 the new VORTEX product range dedicated to ATSC networks.

VORTEX comes as a ready-to-use stand-alone rack modulator/exciter, specifically designed to be integrated inside new and existing TV transmitter systems. VORTEX integrates TeamCast’s third generation ATSC 1.0 modulation core. VORTEX also provides a clear upgrade path to ATSC 3.0 (when approved) by enabling a simple field installed software license. This unique Teamcast solution eliminates the need for additional Exciter purchases when ATSC 3.0 is approved, enabling Broadcaster’s to reuse and recycle their existing Teamcast Exciter systems, reducing CAPEX costs.

« We believe that VORTEX allows TV Broadcasters to invest in a longer term and future-proof transmitter Exciter solution, in a context of major transitions foreseen for the terrestrial Broadcast environment such as the introduction of the new ATSC 3.0 standard and the TV spectrum repacking plan» says Eric Pinson, Head of the Technology Business Unit at TeamCast.

VORTEX comes as a very innovative solution for the TV exciter market, bringing several key features to ease the integration within transmitter design and to achieve high level RF performance. This includes state-of-the-art Digital Adaptive Pre-correction, an Automatic Gain Control (AGC) process to ensure the correct output power stability and monitoring of key transmitting power measurements such as Forward Transmitted Power and Reflected Power levels.

With this new product, TeamCast is sharing its experience in designing and operating 2nd Generation of Terrestrial Standards. After the success of its DVB-T2 product range worldwide, VORTEX will play a key role in countries where the ATSC 1.0 has been deployed and where ATSC 3.0 is foreseen. Being an active member of the ATSC forum and historic member of DVB, TeamCast has leveraged its experience in the integration of DVB-T2 technologies in the development of the ATSC 3.0 VORTEX modulator.

VORTEX includes all functions required by the Broadcasters as particularly the remote control via WEB interface, the management via SNMP and the capability to support hot-standby 1+1 redundancy.

VORTEX will be demonstrated at NAB show 2015 on TeamCast’s booth C1730.

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