Artel debuts new family of VOD transport products

Artel Video Systems, a provider of fiber-optic video transport solutions to the cable television and telecommunication industries, announced a new series of transport products designed specifically for cable operators rolling out video-on-demand (VOD) services.

The VSGx is a gigabit Ethernet VOD transport system that supports all VOD architectures cost-effectively, while providing advanced features to support future applications. The VSGm is a 1 RU passive Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) platform that allows the VSG series of products to adapt to any network topology.

The modular, 2 RU VSGx leverages Artel’s experience in video transport to offer cable operators a dense, highly scalable platform that can transport up to 30,000 MPEG streams on a single fiber and reduces transport costs often by 50 percent over existing solutions.

The VSGx is open standards-based for easy integration into existing infrastructures and can be configured to support up to 12 GbE channels per chassis (saving rack space and making it suitable for any size VOD deployment). The advanced 41 channel ITU DWDM long haul 3.125 Gbps optics built into the platform provide long reach, high density and efficient fiber utilization with excellent granularity for unlimited scalability.

The VSGm uses passive optical components that enable the deployment of flexible, dense and robust VoD networks. A comprehensive selection of plug-in modules allows network engineers to create any VoD network configuration, including star, ring, point-to-point and cascade topologies.

It includes four and 20 channel DWDM muxes/demux modules, Add/Drop/Pass filters; Combiners/splitters (50/50 and 80/20); four-channel band splitters for low loss filtering of local traffic; and band splitters (red/blue) filters to separate forward and return path traffic.

Both products will be on display at the National Cable and Telecommunications Association show in Chicago (Artel booth number 2040) from June 9-11, 2003.

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