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New Three-Inch Modules Offer the Industry’s Broadest Range of Digital Rates

mutlidyne-silverbullet-with-power-clip.jpgAMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – MultiDyne Video & Fiber Optic Systems, a premier provider of fiber optic-based video and audio transport and routing solutions for broadcast and pro A/V applications, is introducing the SilverBULLET™ Mini 3G HD/SDI fiber optic link and a new SilverBULLET Power Clip that eliminates the need for an additional power supply, to its European users at IBC 2009 (Stand 2.A54). The SilverBULLET is a two-part, transceiver/receiver solution designed for the transmission of SDI and HD-SDI TV signals over a single-mode fiber optic cable, maintaining the signal quality that broadcasters demand – 19.4 Mbps to 3 Gbps. At just three inches in length, this cost-effective solution is ideal for a wide variety of broadcast and pro A/V applications, including video production and editing, ENG with additional uses for sports teleproduction, field production, remote camera links, cross-campus production, pre-fibered venues and courtesy feeds.

The tiny transmitter and receiver modules are portable, lightweight solutions for remote productions. Utilizing LED indicators to digitally display critical system diagnostic information including the Power On, HD/SDI signal presence and Received Optical Power levels, the SilverBULLET eliminates the need for the weight of additional test equipment. With error free pathological pattern operation, low system jitter and embedded audio support, the SilverBULLET provides a typical link distance of up to 30 km (18.6 miles).

“An economical solution for the fiber optic transport of 19.4 Mbps to 3 Gbps HDTV signals, the SilverBULLET is one of the broadcast industry’s smallest media adaptor solutions with the broadest range of digital rates,” says Jim Jachetta, senior vice president of engineering and product development. “It is a must-have for production at any location because it is a mobile solution that provides reliability and efficiency, all while continuing to meet our users’ high expectations for signal quality.”

Designed for quick and easy installation, the SilverBULLET supports transmission across SMPTE 424M 2.97 Gbps, SMPTE 292M 1.485 Gbps and SMPTE 259M 270 Mbps standards regardless of format. The transmitter modules also include equalization for long lengths of coaxial cable, further easing the installation process as users can incorporate the SilverBULLET at any point in the HD/SDI chain. Built for high durability, the SilverBULLET features an over-molded construction with a rugged “ST” simplex optical interface and 75 Ohm BNC (male) simplex electrical interface.

The SilverBULLET is compatible with any DC voltage from 5 to 16 volts with a four pin XLR. The jack also provides for SNMP monitoring, a critical component to network management. It also includes a 100 to 240 VAC universal power supply.

MultiDyne is also introducing a new SilverBULLET Power Clip that provides the SilverBULLET with power via the DC power output on a camera. As other camera mounted fiber transport systems add additional weight to the camera, they can throw off the center of gravity for a cameraman, making it difficult to operate a camera that is off balance. The SilverBULLET Power Clip, when combined with the SilverBULLET, provides a small and lightweight 3G HD-SDI fiber transport solution powered by the camera.

About MultiDyne:

For more than 30 years, MultiDyne has been a leading provider of innovative and outstanding video and fiber optic-based transport and routing systems for the broadcast, cable, satellite, production, digital cinema, pro A/V, corporate, retail, surveillance, teleconferencing, judicial arraignment, transportation, government, military, and healthcare markets. MultiDyne’s fiber optic transport and routing systems for video, SDI, 3G HD, DVB/ASI, VGA, DVI, HDMI, audio, AES, Ethernet, data, CATV, as well as the company’s other broadcast accessories are used worldwide by such industry leaders as ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, RAI, BBC and the Department of Transportation. MultiDyne provides a seven-year warranty on its core product line. For more information, call MultiDyne at 1-877-MULTIDYNE or 1-516-671-7278, visit the company’s Web site at www.multidyne.com, or send an e-mail to sales@multidyne.com.

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