Hackettstown, NJ, May 21, 2008 â€“ Nucomm has just been awarded a patent for â€œDigital Transmission of Broadcast Signals, including HDTV signals, over a Microwave Analog Link,â€? Patent Number US 7,359,450. This patent covers Nucommâ€™s development of its signature Analog Coder product line, which allows digital signals including ones for HD Television, to be transmitted over an existing conventional analog microwave link at data rates as high as 30 Mbps along with several Analog Audio Subcarriers.
â€œThis newly patented method is another example of Nucommâ€™s mission to develop affordable solutions for todayâ€™s broadcasters,â€? says Nucomm CEO Dr. John Payne. â€œPrior to our newly patented concept, TV stations and other providers were left with no choice but to replace their analog microwave links with digital microwave ones at considerable expense. With our new Analog Coder strategy, which consists of two 1RU boxes, one box can be placed at the transmitter end while the second box can be based at the receiver end of the link, eliminating the need for replacement.â€?
Nucomm first discovered the advantages of this unique approach when Kansas-based KAKE-TV tested the companyâ€™s Analog Coder invention to pass HDTV signals over 26 analog repeater links. Had KAKE-TV been required to replace the 26 analog links with new digital ones, the station would have incurred more than $1 million in expenses.
Nucomm, Inc. is a worldwide provider of premier digital and analog video microwave systems (including COFDM and VSB) for the broadcasting industryâ€™s portable and fixed link applications. Offering video microwave transmission equipment for the military, law enforcement, telecom and cable television circuits, Nucommâ€™s products have helped revolutionize live broadcast coverage of major outdoor events including sports, auto racing, marathons and parades. Nucomm, along with RF Central and Microwave Service Company, forms the Vitec Group RF Systems business unit, part of Vitec Group Broadcast Systems Division. For more information about Nucomm, visit www.nucomm.com.
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The Vitec Group plc is acknowledged as a global leader in the supply of equipment and services to the broadcasting, entertainment and photographic industries and has established a reputation for technical excellence and superior engineering along with an astute business strategy which has seen it grow by acquisition. Innovation is a cornerstone of the Groupâ€™s activities and the organization is committed to a policy of continuous product development. With revenues (2007) of $546m (Â£274m) and over 2200 employees world-wide, its products are distributed in almost 100 countries, through a strong, fully-resourced distribution network or direct to the end user or corporate customer. More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com.