Clear-Com is launching the Tempest 2400 and Tempest 900 wireless intercom systems at the NAB 2007 show in Las Vegas. The new units were engineered to avoid the need for licensing and frequency coordination. Using Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) in conjunction with TDMA technology, Tempest systems operate in the unlicensed 2.4GHz and 900MHz bands. Because of this, they are said to be unaffected by the FCC-mandated reallocation of the UHF-TV spectrum in February 2009.
State-of-the-art 2x TX Transmission Voice Data Redundancy sends each packet of audio data twice on different frequencies and through different antennas to assure uninterrupted, high quality audio communications.
Tempest can interoperate with other Clear-Com intercom systems as well as those from other manufacturers through 4-wire and 2-wire connections. Each Base-Station can operate up to five wireless Belt-Stations, and by stacking up to 15 Base-Stations together, 75 independent wireless Belt-Stations can be integrated into the intercom system.
The iSelect feature allows the Belt-Station user to move from one studio to the next and quickly switch to the new studio’s intercom system. A Shared-Slot feature allows one of the five Base-Station slots to be used for up to 25 half-duplex, single-transmit Belt-Stations. The new system has a PC based control panel, with setup and programming transferred to Base-Stations via Ethernet or a USB connection.