RF signal innovations at SATELLITE 2017

8th March 2017
Posted By : Alice Matthews
RF signal innovations at SATELLITE 2017

Designer and manufacturer of RF signal distribution equipment for satellite communications, ETL Systems, will showcase its new technologies in RF distribution at SATELLITE 2017. Among the technologies on display at the show will be ETL Systems’ new customisable RF matrices, the 64x64 Hurricane matrix router and the 128x128 Harrier matrix router, which is making its US show debut.

The compact Hurricane router, which is the smallest matrix in the market with integrated LNB powering options, eliminates the need for additional chassis for LNB powering and fiber receiver modules as it can all be integrated within the matrix.

The Harrier 10U matrix provides similar benefits to the Hurricane, 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.

“The SATELLITE show is one of the biggest events on our calendar and we are very much looking forward to showcasing the Harrier Matrix in the US for the first time,” said Susan Saadat, Vice President of Americas, ETL Systems. “We understand that power saving is crucial for our customers, so we have designed the Harrier and Hurricane matrices to only power through active signal routes.”

The company’s presence at SATELLITE follows major contract wins in the region, including a major telecommunications company which selected ETL to equip several ground stations worldwide with RF signal distribution equipment to route the US Navy’s traffic. A significant order was also placed by a network communications service provider, 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.

“We have a lot of exciting projects to look forward to this year and are delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility of our RF equipment to meet strict government requirements,” said Saadat. “Both companies needed a supplier and partner that could deliver high quality RF equipment for defense communications and wide-spread satellites, and ETL certainly does that.”

ETL’s presence at the event also comes after the recent announcement that the company’s Ensign RF Switch Matrix/Router was nominated by the World Teleport Association for Teleport Technology of the Year. The Ensign Matrix is a Fan-In Fan-Out (FIFO) router that is able to split and combine feeds at the same time, for uplink and downlink traffic. The award, which will be presented at a ceremony at SATELLITE on 7th March, recognises companies and individuals who have dramatically demonstrated excellence in the field of teleport operations, development and technology.

Other products on display at the ETL booth will include its popular StingRay RF over Fibre options, its Alto variable gain redundancy amplifiers, and a range of other RF components. 

Visitors to SATELLITE 2017 can find ETL Systems at booth 2209 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Centre, Washington, D.C, 6th–9th March 2017.

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