Cable Technology Feature Article
October 06, 2008
IPITEK Increases Manufacturing its MSP-110 Product
By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor
Integrated Photonics Technology (IPITEK) has decided to increase the manufacture of its MSP-110 product. The officials have claimed that this particular product has proven to be a winning solution for cable operators who are preparing for DTV transition and there is also a raise in demand for it among cable multi-system operators (MSOs).
IPITEK is a designer, developer, and manufacturer of advanced technology products and services, which are said to enable cable and telecommunications companies to process high-quality analog and digital signals and better manage and expand their broadband networks.
"We have seen a rapid increase in the demand for our DVB-ASI solutions over the last few months, and we can testify that the move to DTV is a priority for cable operators across the nation," said Michael Salour, chairman and chief executive officer of IPITEK. "IPITEK's MSP-110 is built to bridge the gap between the MSO's system requirements of today and well into the future. It is a perfect answer to the operational challenges posed by the DTV transition."
IPITEK's MSP-110 is a local or regional transport solution that PCM encodes and decodes analog baseband video and efficiently transports DVB-ASI plus RS-232 async over a simplex or duplex fiber link. Simple ordering allows choices of analog only, DVB-ASI only or both analog and DVB-ASI simultaneously. SFP-based optics, sold separately, support IR1, LR1, LR2 SONET OC-3 compliance and CWDM on channels 47 thru 61. SONET OC-3C framing of the link signal supports transport thru public and private SONET backbone networks.
According to the company, the MSP-110 is an opt unit for the new Federal Communications Commission (FCC (News - Alert)) released off-air ATSC Digital TV mandate which is scheduled for February 2009. Cable operators who implement this mandate have to receive additional digital TV signals from national broadcasters to cable headends. The MSP-110 product is designed to carry analog video, which will remain on cable networks well beyond the DTV transition deadline.
The company claims that the MSP-110 unit has been designed in such a way that they can be monitored and managed in a number of ways that the operator finds suitable. Cable operators in order to meet the requirements of the end user can also get a seamless integration of DVB-ASI (Digital Video Broadcasting-Asynchronous Serial Interface) streams over a single fiber.
They are also designed for ease of system maintenance as the MSP-110 unit provides immediate visual feedback to the operator should a system failure occur. The monitor screen used to visually monitor the signal, provides a “go-to-blue” screen feature to show video signal failure. If the loss of signal is caused by broken fiber connectivity, the “go-to-red screen” enables the operator to immediately determine the cause of signal problems. For more info visit www.IPITEK.com
Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.
Edited by Eve Sullivan