Nucomm has been awarded a patent for “Digital Transmission of Broadcast Signals, including HDTV signals, over a Microwave Analog Link.”
The patent covers Nucomm’s signature Analog Coder product line, which allows transmission of HDTV signals over existing conventional analog microwave links at data rates as high as 30 Mbps along with several analog audio subcarriers.
“This newly patented method is another example of Nucomm’s mission to develop affordable solutions for today’s broadcasters,” said Nucomm CEO Dr. John Payne. “Prior to our newly patented concept, TV stations and other providers were left with no choice but to replace their analog microwave links with digital microwave ones at considerable expense. With our new Analog Coder strategy, which consists of two 1 RU boxes, one box can be placed at the transmitter end while the second box can be based at the receiver end of the link, eliminating the need for replacement.”
Nucomm first discovered the advantages of this approach when Kansas-based KAKE-TV tested the company’s Analog Coder invention to pass HDTV signals over 26 analog repeater links. Had KAKE-TV been required to replace the 26 analog links with new digital ones, the station would have incurred more than $1 million in expenses, according to Nucomm.
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