TE Connectivity intros video distribution system

Feb. 13, 2012
TE's new VDS enables the delivery of cable television, satellite, in-house video, digital signage, and electronic bulletin board signals across existing cabling infrastructure.

TE Connectivity has introduced its new Video Distribution System (VDS), designed to allow network managers to transmit high-definition RF and IP video over an existing data cabling infrastructure without the need for coaxial cabling or RF tuning.

The company says its VDS solution is TIA-568/ISO 11801 compliant and delivers broadband RF signals over an existing structured cabling infrastructure. It supports full-spectrum video (862 MHz) for up to 295 feet or 550 MHz for up to 328 feet. The “plug and play” system allows for ease of installation and maintenance and features automatic gain control.

“We’re finding that simultaneous access to data, video and other high-bandwidth services is becoming a necessity for many of our customers -- especially in the financial services, healthcare, and education industries,” comments Kam Patel, product management director for emerging technologies at TE Enterprise Networks. “High-definition RF and IP video are becoming commonplace.”

Using self-adjusting baluns to provide amplification and equalization, the new system's output and input levels are adjusted to provide HD video at the TV set. The system automatically adjusts the head-end signal for proper system operation and thereby eliminates the need for manual tuning by solving equalization and balancing issues traditionally associated with coaxial systems.

The company notes that delivering rich content in the form of high-definition video has often been a challenge for network managers as it typically means overlaying their twisted-pair infrastructure with an additional, coaxial infrastructure.

Patel continued, “Now, with TE’s new video distribution system, we have effectively eliminated the time and expense associated with this additional layer of infrastructure. VDS allows anyone to access these services, including high-definition or IP video, wherever they have a network outlet.”

TE says the VDS enables the delivery of video signals such as cable television, satellite, in-house video, digital signage, electronic bulletin boards or any other service normally delivered over coaxial systems over a Category 6 or higher twisted-pair infrastructure. Further, the VDS eliminates the need for a separate coaxial infrastructure or the need for an RF technician to install it.

Patel adds: “This is a significant addition to TE Connectivity’s Enterprise Networks portfolio. It solves one of the biggest headaches for network managers who are trying to integrate video distribution across an existing twisted pair infrastructure – and it provides a future-proofed solution for the longer-term migration to IPTV.”

For more information, visit: http://www.te.com/en/general/video-distribution-system.html.

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