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Drake InfoComm 2014 Exhibitor Preview

Visit R.L. Drake at booth N1763

At InfoComm 2014, R.L. Drake, a leading global provider of digital and analog cable, digital signage, and MPEG encoding systems, will introduce the SDE24A and HDE24A encoder modules, both of which offer a wide range of improvements over the company’s popular SDE24 and HDE24 units, including superior video quality at lower bitrates.

The DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder, which is now shipping, will also be demonstrated at the show.

New Products and Technology Demonstrations

DSE 2 PLUS Dual Multiplexing Encoder — NOW SHIPPING

A key highlight at Drake’s InfoComm booth will be the DSE 2 PLUS dual multiplexing encoder, which combines encoding and QAM modulation capabilities within a single stand-alone unit. Ideal for digital signage applications, the DSE 2 PLUS can also be used to simplify HD video distribution for various applications across the house of worship, education, healthcare, government, and hospitality markets.

The DSE 2 PLUS digitally encodes two uncompressed HDMI, high-resolution component video or VGA inputs to MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264), and then uses an internal multiplexing QAM modulator and low-noise upconverter to enable distribution of two HD programs over existing legacy fiber and coaxial networks while providing a superior reliability and consistent performance. Leveraging the bandwidth savings provided by the encoder, users can deliver twice as many HD programs or multiple channels at half the bandwidth. This enables users to tap into existing networks of digital HD displays to provide informational video, revenue-generating advertising, or promotional content in a vibrant high-definition format.

SDE24A Dual SD MPEG Encoder

At InfoComm, Drake will introduce the SDE24A encoder module, an advanced version of the company’s popular SDE24 module. Improvements include the capability to encode two SD programs in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264), the ability to deliver a higher video quality at lower bitrates, and sharper image and text detail.

With the SDE24A dual-input SD MPEG encoder, users can perform analog to digital encoding of up to two separate input sources in real time. The unit can be configured to encode sources in either MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264) transport streams to optimize bandwidth efficiency. Each module provides two sets of input connectors for NTSC Composite Video with stereo (L+R) audio. Audio is encoded using Dolby Digital audio encoding, as with the HDE24A.

HDE24A Dual HD MPEG Encoder

At InfoComm 2014, Drake will unveil the HDE24A encoder, which provides high-quality, low-cost HD encoding in MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 (H.264) with Dolby Digital or MPEG-1 Audio Layer II. The HDE24A offers an improved video quality at lower bitrates, especially in the MPEG-2 mode, and sharper image and text detail than the company’s popular HDE24 module.

As with the SDE24A, the HDE24A HD encoder module is designed to be installed into Drake’s EH24, EH244, or MEQ1000-style chassis. This configuration provides users with the ultimate in bandwidth management and economy by allowing multiple HD and SD streams to be multiplexed together dependent upon the limitations of the bandwidth of the chosen output, whether QAM or ASI.

The HD encoder accepts non-encrypted HDMI or component video inputs and can inject closed-captioning data from a synchronized composite video source, which is typically provided by the same decoder that produces the HD video stream. Composite analog audio inputs provide the audio source when an HDMI source does not contain embedded audio. Typically, HDMI has embedded audio but if the HDMI is derived from a source converter that does not provide audio, such as DVI-to-HDMI, then the analog composite inputs may be used.

Company Overview

Headquartered in Ohio, R.L. Drake is an American cable TV institution that has been designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide. Commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes use Drake Digital systems. Drake arms multichannel service providers with the technical solutions they need to effectively compete in the residential, enterprise, and hospitality environments.

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