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Acrodyne Debuts New Line of UHF Transmitters for OFDM

Acrodyne Industries has introduced a new line of solid-state transmitters designed primarily for OFDM/DVB based digital services in the UHF spectrum. The “Phoenix” line of transmitters may be of interest to winners of the recent FCC auction of spectrum at 700 MHz and to existing licensees such as Qualcomm. The transmitters are air-cooled and operate at power levels ranging from a few watts to 3,000 watts. The power amplifiers use LDMOS devices and are designed for unattended operation in remote locations. Acrodyne said the exciter system supports all global digital transmission standards.

“The Phoenix line of transmitter products is intended to meet the needs of the emerging digital transmission businesses that will occupy the 700 MHz spectrum which will become available after the DTV transition in February 2009,” said Nat Ostroff, president and chairman of Acrodyne Industries. “Acrodyne draws on its over 40 years of continuous participation in the Broadcast TV industry and is ready to support the build out of those businesses that have been successful in acquiring the use of this newly opened band of frequencies.”

Acrodyne Industries also sells and services the Rohde and Schwarz high power solid-state TV broadcast transmitters and exciter line and manufactures and supports its own line of IOT-based full-power transmission products. These products support the ATSC standard.

Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.