Telecast Fiber Systems Intros TeleCube Modular Interface
Telecast Fiber Systems is introducing the patent-pending TeleCube family of 3G transmitter and receiver modules to the North American market at NAB. Developed specifically for OEM applications, the TeleCube system offers broadcasters a highly flexible, cost-effective I/O solution for distribution of HD-SDI signals via fiber optics as well as copper cable.
One of the first developers to launch a product featuring the TeleCube is Marshall Electronics, with the first HD monitors offering direct fiber-optic video input. Its new Modular Design (MD) series of high-end broadcast monitors features two receptacles that can be equipped with TeleCube fiber-optic (ST) or coax (BNC) transmitters and receivers.
Using the TeleCubes, the rack-mountable monitors can be configured with copper or fiber-optic video inputs and loop-throughs that can be quickly and easily interchanged in the field to meet evolving needs and requirements, eliminating the need to upgrade or replace equipment when a different input or application is required.
“With Telecast Fiber Systems’ TeleCube modules, our new MD Series is a truly future-proof solution for multimonitor rack-mount installations, providing complete flexibility and reassurance — as well as high-quality long-distance video-display deployment — for live broadcasting and sports production,” said Nathan Mordukhay, VP of sales and marketing for Marshall Electronics.
TeleCube technology helps manufacturers lower engineering-design costs and improve time-to-market for broadcast video technology, because each tiny TeleCube module contains all the necessary lasers, detectors, EQ, and state-of-the-art line drivers or receivers in a compact, integrated package. This allows a single I/O port to be easily and instantly configured as an input or output for either fiber or copper connectivity.
The simple TeleCube interface requires just a few square inches of space and a few pennies’ worth of parts and gives instant 3-Gbps optical or electric input or output capabilities to any video device, including HD monitors and displays, switchers and routers, cameras, modular DAs, or any other new digital video device. Plus, the TeleCubes are highly serviceable and facilitate easy field repairs and upgrades by end-users.
TeleCube modules resemble common 75-ohm BNC connectors and are plugged directly into the PCB using the special mini-pin connector. No soldering is necessary, and the device may be disconnected easily and replaced with one having a different function.
The TeleCube modules, as well as the Marshall Electronics MD Series monitors in which they are embedded, are being demonstrated at both the Telecast Fiber Systems booth, C8925, and the Marshall Electronics booth, C8931.