QuStream routing systems used for NBC’s coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games

QuStream Corporation has been selected to provide the
central routing system to NBC for the network’s coverage of the 2008 Olympic
Games.

The QuStream routing system chosen is the Cheetah 864XR series which provides
for up to 864 HD inputs and outputs in a single chassis. Occupying only 41 U,
the QuStream Cheetah router forms the backbone of a complete system being
installed in the
International
Broadcast
Center
for NBC. The router is equipped with both fiber-optic and coax I/O cards and
includes an interface allowing it to be controlled by Sony’s S-BUS remote
router controller.

“The Cheetah 864XR gives us a tremendous number of crosspoints in only 41
rack units”, says David Mazza, NBC’s Senior Vice President, Engineering.
“Other companies can require more than four equipment racks to provide the
routing capacity that QuStream provides in only one. With real estate at an
absolute premium in the IBC, the QuStream Cheetah 864XR was the right choice
for us”.

“We are pleased to have been selected to participate in this high profile
project,” comments Karlton Burn, QuStream Vice President of Global Sales
and Marketing. QuStream routing technology is recognized worldwide for its
quality and reliability in mission-critical applications. Our products are frequently
chosen for mobile broadcast coverage of major live events and the Beijing
Olympics is as big as they come in terms of worldwide audience figures.”

Populating in groups of 16 inputs and outputs, the Cheetah 864XR bridges the
gap between the industry-standard router architecture for requirements larger
than 512×512 but less than 1024-squared. Housed in a single 41 U chassis
(including internal power supplies and control), the Cheetah 864XR offers the
greatest routing density in the industry. It provides for both coax and fiber
connectivity directly in and out of the frame with no need for expensive,
external conversion gear. The fiber I/O includes both single and multi-mode –
and even CWDM technology allowing for 16 uncompressed HD channels on a single
fiber. All major modules are hot-swappable and real-time SNMP-based monitoring
and diagnostics of internal frame health is a standard feature.