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ETL to showcase RF technologies at CABSAT 2016

10th March 2016
Jordan Mulcare

ETL Systems is showcasing its technologies in RF distribution at this year’s CABSAT following major contract wins in the region. ETL has designed new functionality and increased benefits into a series of advanced products, including its StingRay RF over Fibre and Dextra splitters and combiners. New StingRay models on show will include redundancy systems for reliability and standalone component modules, while new Dextra models now include options with integrated DC & 10MHz pass.

Also on display will be ETL’s compact 128x128 Vulcan L-band Switch Matrix/Router and Alto variable gain line amplifiers. The Vulcan offers excellent RF performance and benefits from reduced power consumption and hot in-service expansion, while the Alto series of amplifiers offset signal loss from long runs of cables and passive splitters and combiners by providing gain.

The company’s presence at CABSAT follows major contract wins in the region, including QSAT Communications, which ordered eight of ETL’s new 10MHz pass Dextra combiner units for a multinational UAE based telecommunications service providers mobile VSAT systems.

A 48x32 part populated Vortex L-band matrix with modular system splitters to provide variable gain, slope and LNB powering has also been ordered recently for a major television broadcaster in Dubai. A significant order was also placed for ETL’s 128x128 Vulcan and a 64x64 Vortex matrix by Hiltron for a large UAE broadcaster’s downlink and uplink systems.

CEO Ian Hilditch and newly appointed Sales Manager for the Middle East region, Mohamad Barada, will be among ETL representatives at the event to demonstrate the full range of ETL’s products and explain the benefits they can bring to teleports.

“The CABSAT show is one of the most significant events for our industry in the region,” said Mr Hilditch. “We look forward to meeting with both existing and future customers to discuss their individual RF needs and help find a solution that is designed to fit their exact specifications. Our products are produced to the highest specification and we look forward to showing delegates what can be achieved through the use of ETL products.”

Visitors can find ETL at stand ZH4-42. Demonstrations at CABSAT 2016:

Building on ETL’s existing RF expertise, the range provides a unique design for high isolation applications. The range incorporates single mode fibre links to transmit and receive RF signals with remote control and monitoring of temperature, fan status and power supply status via a web browser interface and SNMP. All chassis in the range are hot-swap with a range of fibre module options such as single or dual modules, 10MHz reference modules, and 13/18V LNB powering. New models include redundancy systems for reliability as well as standalone component modules.

ETL’s 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. Full remote control and monitoring via SNMP & web browser interface, with settable alarm thresholds.Flexible and configurable LNB power at the input ports of the splitters is also featured. New options include DC and 10MHz pass.

The compact 16U high 128x128 Vulcan Matrix/Router offers large scale data gathering and is especially useful for large teleports and broadcast head-ends such as IPTV and includes dual redundant, hot-swap PSU’s and CPU’s. The product upholds ETL’s reliable reputation through hot-swap components and continuous monitoring through self-diagnostics and can be supplied part populated and expanded in increments of 8 for future requirements. The system also includes redundant mid matrix paths and can be controlled both locally and remotely.

ETL’s Alto series range of L-band Amplifiers provides signal management flexibility within an RF chain. The Alto family includes 4, 8 and 16 module chassis options with variable gain and can be remotely controlled via Ethernet and web browser interface. The design of the amplifier is modular, allowing hot-swap of amplifiers and power supplies and can be controlled locally and monitored via the front panel display with simplified push buttons. It is designed for the front end RF chain and provides amplification and slope compensation from cable loss for teleports and TVRO and head-ends.

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