Wichita State Upgrades to HD With Utah Scientific
SALT LAKE CITY: Wichita State University has
installed Utah Scientific equipment in its Media Resources Center (MRC) as part
of a plant-wide upgrade to HD. The upgrade allows the MRC to supply HD content
to the entire campus, and will soon enable it to serve the public via the local
cable provider, Cox Communications. The MRC operates WSU-TV, produces videos,
provides media for classrooms, and does some student training.
The MRC is now equipped
with a UTAH-400 routing switcher V-64R frame loaded 32x32 for 3G HD/SD, an
SC-400 control system with an MX-Lator Control Translation Unit, various panels
and a Softpanel-2 GUI, and a TSG-490Y sync generator with changeover
capability. MX-Lator will enable the new router to interface with the school's
existing Utah Scientific analog router, which has been in service since 1986
and is still in use. The MRC uses the new equipment for TV production in an
on-air environment, with the UTAH-400 router feeding the production switcher
sources along with monitors in Wichita State's newly outfitted production
"We chose Utah
Scientific equipment for its versatility, as well as its ease of installation,
programming, and operation," said Marty Heffner, chief engineer at the MRC,
Wichita State University. "We really liked the variety of router control
panels, and the fact that the new digital panels allow us to continue working
with the old analog router as we phase out of analog production. Plus, Utah
Scientific is the only company to offer a no-fee 10-year warranty."
The UTAH-400 is
specifically designed to address the growing requirement for large switching
systems with its ability to expand seamlessly from 8x8 to 1152x1152 and beyond.
The UTAH-400 is based on a new matrix architecture that greatly reduces the
complexity of large systems, resulting in considerable improvements in rack
space and power requirements as well as yielding significant cost reductions.
The SC-400 is the
powerful control system at the heart of a Utah Scientific routing switcher. In
addition to controlling any of the current or legacy Utah Scientific routing
switchers, the SC-400 can also provide interface capability to many third-party
control and switching systems. Because of its modular design and advanced
software, SC-400 can easily adapt to any application, from simple stand-alone
applications to the most sophisticated control systems.