IBC 2010: RF Central Launches microLite HD Transmitter, Receiver

RF Central, a Vitec Group brand has unveiled its next generation microLite HD COFDM Transmitter at IBC 2010 (Stand 1.B31).

The microLite HD expands RF Central’s portfolio of innovative MPEG-4 broadcast technology solutions. A product focused on the future of broadcast workflow, the microLite HD is a compact, mountable COFDM SD/HD digital transmitter designed for the next generation of professional lightweight cameras featuring full HD/SDI capabilities.

“IBC is the international forum of choice for the broadcasting industry,” says Stephen Shpock, president, Integrated Microwave Technologies.  “RF Central is excited to use this event to showcase the benefits of our latest technology advancements, like the microLite HD COFDM transmitter. We are committed to developing state-of-the-art products that take advantage of the latest COFDM transmission capabilities and technologies.”

The microLite HD occupies less than six cubic inches, features MPEG-4 encoding/decoding in HD/SD and can be operated in either low 20mW or 100mW output power modes. The TX supports video and embedded audio transmission in a 6 MHz bandwidth. The microLite HD requires little setup and is ideal for news crews, point of view camera applications, sports and entertainment production, and reality television production. The unit is offered in 2 GHz and 5.8 GHz bands.

RF Central is also unveiling its new microLite HD Receiver at IBC 2010.

The microLite HD Receiver is a compact dual diversity COFDM receiver and is an ideal companion to the RF Central microLite HD Transmitter.

Aside from its bandwidth-efficient H.264 SD and HD decoding and MPEG-4 capabilities, which enable high-quality broadcast HD video to be delivered in as little as 6 MHz’s, the microLite HD Receiver is also durable and packaged in a weather resistant casing.

“What makes our microLite receiver better than our leading competitors is its compact size and MPEG-4 HD capabilities,” says Stephen Shpock, president, Integrated Microwave Technologies. “No other brand offers this level of technology or performance in this size package. The microLite HD Receiver has outstanding HD, is compact and has low power consumption.”

The unit can deliver a broad array of video output signals, including HD, ASI, HD-SDI and SD-SDI (SDI is auto switched depending on the signal received) and has a composite video output, which is down converted to SD when receiving HD signals. In addition, the microLite HD Receiver also features an Ethernet port for streaming video over a LAN to remote software or hardware decoders.

The receiver uses standardized cables and requires no special adapters. The unit is capable of receiving COFDM DVB-T digital transmissions in the 2 GHz band. 5.8 GHz capable units are also available.  The microLite HD Receiver will decode 480i, 576, 720p and 1080i formats.