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18/12/2009

Nevion Announces Ultra-lightweight OB Frame

A leading video transport solution provider for broadcasters, telecommunications service providers and government entities worldwide, Nevion, has announced FlashCase, a rugged portable housing use with up to five standard Flashlink fibre transport or signal processing modules.
FlashCase connects camera sites to production trucks or other facilities through a simple and lightweight optical fibre connection. Use of optical fibre rather than triax cable increases distance capabilities and eliminates ground current loops, while allowing for multiple signals in the same cable, simplifying cabling infrastructure and reducing setup time.
FlashCase was designed for maximum portability, resistance to the elements and versatility, with five Flashlink ports, flexible back plane and fibre options and full monitoring and control capabilities.
This modular unit features low power consumption with no fans to clean or replace, the smallest PCB footprint in the industry, and is extremely light. Fully loaded, it weighs less than 11 pounds (about five kilograms).
While FlashCase was a natural evolution of the Flashlink product line, it was a customer that provided the inspiration for FlashCase, arriving at Nevion's Norway headquarters with conceptual drawings in hand.
They've been enthusiastic users of Flashlink products over the years and asked if Nevion would create a unit to provide even greater durability and flexibility for their remote video applications.
FlashCase accommodates any Flashlink module, so any system configuration is possible, enabling embedding, signal processing, format conversion, synchronisation, WDM/CWDM/DWDM optical multiplexing and TDM electrical multiplexing. Any audio, video data or fibre connector can be used through optional customised backplanes for even greater customer flexibility.
Ronny Sletteng, Director of Product Management for Nevion's Flashlink fibre transport solutions, said: "FlashCase represents a huge step forward in remote video transport housing. We applied breakthrough engineering solutions with design innovation to create the smallest, lightest yet most versatile housing unit in the marketplace today."
Ideal for scalable system designs where additional services can be added on site, FlashCase also enables optical multiplexing of several broadcast signals, including bi-directional HD-SDI video with audio embedding, intercom and remote camera control through standard RS communications, and GPI for utilisation with multiple fibres or on a single fibre using CWDM optical multiplexing. A separate Ethernet connection can also be added.
FlashCase is part of Nevion's award-winning Flashlink fibre transport and signal processing system for broadcasters worldwide, featuring the broadest range of 3G-SDI fiber solutions and the lightest-weight 2RU frame on the market.
Low power consumption that significantly lowers operational costs and shortens return on investment (ROI) has been a Flashlink hallmark since the product line's inception more than a decade ago.
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