GatesAir adds new products to its Maxiva transmission family

Maxiva VLX OP Series developed by GatesAir

GatesAir has broadened its range of Maxiva transmitters and “next-generation” software for digital broadcasters.

The company extends the “operational benefits” of its liquid-cooled UHF transmitters to VHF and DAB Radio with the global debut of its Maxiva VLX-OP Series. The transmitter line covers low-band VHF (Channels 2-6), high-band VHF (Channels 7-13), and DAB/DAB+ radio. The VLX-OP Series offers the same software-defined modulations as Maxiva VAXTE air-cooled transmitters to support global analog and digital standards.

Like GatesAir’s Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled UHF transmitters, the VLX-OP Series integrates redundant, liquid-cooling pumps that move transmitter-generated heat to building exteriors. The system minimizes cooling requirements inside RF shelters, and especially “reduces utility bills at medium-to-high power levels”, according to the press release. The GatesAir Maxiva VLX-OP Series transmits at the same power level for ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 broadcasts (from 1.8kW to 43kW), which “simplifies and lowers the cost of transitioning to NextGen TV”.

GatesAir also introduces software features for NextGen TV content protection such as STL Security, a layer that encrypts the ATSC 3.0 content path. These features, along with a secure HTML5 web interface, will be available in all Maxiva UHF and VHF transmitters.

“GatesAir has been focused on development roadmaps for ATSC 3.0 for years, and has tested and validated the basic feature sets of the standard,” said Ray Miklius, Vice President and General Manager, TV Products, GatesAir. “We have now turned our attention to software development for advanced ATSC 3.0 features, including access control and improved user account management. These innovations ensure that our customers are fully prepared for NextGen TV operations.”

GatesAir’s US-based engineers developed the Maxiva VLX-OP in cooperation with GatesAir Europe, a recently acquired division that has brought other innovations to the company, including:

  • Maxiva PMTX-1 Pole-Mount Transmitter Series: An outdoor pole-mounted 50W post-filter transmitter unit that can be configured as a transmitter, translator or on-channel gap filler.
  • Maxiva IMTX-70 Multi-Transmitter Desktop: Designed in a unique compact case that can house up to six 70 W TV transmitters and/or translators/transposers, the packaging of this unique transmitter “minimizes real estate costs associated with multi-transmitter operational support”.
  • Maxiva MultiD Multi-Carrier DAB Transmitter: The MultiD multi-carrier platform brings three DAB transmitters together into a 1RU chassis.

All three systems leverage GatesAir Europe’s design and engineering solutions, including cable-free, plug-in architectures. Additionally, a single-band PA module covers all Band III frequencies in VHF and DAB Radio.

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