Quincy, IL (April 6, 2006)–Continuing a tradition of optimizing core HD Radio technology for the broadcast environment, Broadcast Electronics (BE) will debut its new Dashboard upgrade for its importer line at NAB2006.
The Dashboard offers intuitive menuing as well as automated re-start, setting BE’s IDi 20 Data Importer apart from commodity importers in the marketplace. BE’s IDi 20 Data Importer is used by broadcasters for provisioning and encoding the HD Radio bitstream for HD2 Multicasting.
“As stations adopt HD Radio, they’re realizing that key components like the importer can no longer be commodities. These units need to be more functional, more reliable and operationally sound in order to move HD Radio forward,” said Neil Glassman, BE’s vice president strategic marketing.
A common complaint by early HD2 Multicasting adopters has been on-air continuity, in particular re-launching importer functions should a power or other transmission failure occur. BE’s Dashboard includes a click-and-go startup feature that can be remotely accessed through a network or Internet connection to provide broadcasters with the ease of use and reliability they have come to expect of BE products.
Also new to BE’s HD Radio line is a default TCP/IP communication link between the IDi 20 and BE’s XPi 10 or FSi 10 HD Radio signal generator to improve system robustness and reduce network packet losses typical of earlier UDP communications.
Broadcast Electronics was the first manufacturer to offer an HD Radio importer with multicast bandwidth provisioning and the first to introduce an HD Radio-friendly exciter. Almost four years after the introduction of HD Radio in the marketplace, BE’s FXi 60/250 digital FM exciter remains the only deliverable exciter with FM + HD Radio and on-the-fly mode change.
BE HD Radio transmission and studio products can be seen at BE booth N1808 during the 2006 NAB convention.