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Nevion Provides Flashlink Solutions to New Century Productions

August 22, 2011


Nevion (News - Alert), a manufacturer of systems for broadcasters, service providers and government agencies, asserted that its Flashlink solutions are going to help mobile teleproduction services provider New Century Productions (NCP) link mobile production units for ESPN’s (News - Alert) Sunday night football.

According to Nevion, Flashlink provides ultralow power, compact form factors and high reliability for broadcast environments, resulting in optical fiber distribution and signal processing solutions. The Flashlink transport system family offers solutions ranging from simple CWDM/DWDM point to point links to nationwide optical links. The series also consists of signal processing solutions including format conversion, frame synchronizers, embedders/de-embedders, couplers, up/down/cross-converters, optical and distribution amplifiers.

As a services provider for ESPN, NCP was in charge of upgrading the number of video signals linking together the two mobile production units used for ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecast. To make this upgrade cost-effective, NCP opted for Nevion’s solutions.

NCP acknowledged that the idea of using copper to interface the trucks was just too horrible to consider. They would have ended up with a heap of cable three feet high and was in need of an elegant solution. Flashlink video transport solutions helped them convert almost 300 electrical HD-SDI circuits to optical and then multiplex them down to just a few fibers for transport through Flashlink 18-channel CWDM transmitters.

Nevion asserted that NCP is at the forefront of technology when it comes to providing HD coverage of live events. The company’s app demonstrates how broadcasters can increase viewing figures by expanding their mobile coverage of live events through the use of CWDM fiber.

Nevion’s Flashlink video transport family employed by NCP consists of: CWDM1-18 optical CWDM multiplexers/demultiplexers, which multiplex up to 18 CWDM sources on a single optical fiber; FC-3G-EO-28 compact 28-channel electrical-to-optical converters with options for 14 dual hot pluggable SFP receivers, and FC-3G-OE-28 converters for high-density optical-to-electrical conversion; FR-2RU-10-2-EF 2RU frames, each with capacity for 10 Flashlink modules and 2 power supplies; SFP-3G-EO-2-13T optical video transmitters and SFP-3G-OE-2 receivers; and more.

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Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves