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GatesAir to Demonstrate Expanded FM Band Solution for Brazilian Broadcasters

Software-defined exciters, broadband transmitters simplify design changes to cost-efficiently transition AM broadcasters to proposed expanded FM band
Cincinnati, OH, April 08, 2015

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will unveil a new system tailored specifically to transition AM radio broadcasters in Brazil to a proposed expanded FM radio band. In an effort to overcome technical challenges of the AM band, the Brazilian government is working through a plan to transition AM radio broadcasters to the FM band, including expanded lower-frequency channels.

At the 2015 NAB Show, GatesAir will demonstrate FM over-the-air systems designed for broadcasting on frequencies between 76 and 88.1 MHz. The Flexiva FAX transmitter family will includes a new, low-band FM high-power amplifier, which maintains exceptional signal quality while broadcasting as much as 12 MHz lower than the traditional FM band.

“With TV channel 5 and 6 spectrum transitioning from TV to radio service in Brazil, the launch of an expanded FM band appears imminent,” said Rich Redmond, chief product officer. “Through our Flexiva software-defined exciters and broadband transmitters, GatesAir has innovated a solution to address the challenge of broadcasting at up to 80kW on these channels, while accelerating the transition to meet government mandates and market demands as they come to fruition. Our customers can be assured that we’ll be ready with systems as receivers for the proposed expanded FM band hit the market. It’s another example of GatesAir’s worldwide leadership in helping broadcasters transition to new platforms, whether it’s multichannel digital or a unique situation such as what’s happening in Brazil.”

GatesAir’s flexible transmission architecture simplifies frequency, filtering and amplification changes required to broadcast within the expanded FM band, without financially burdening the broadcaster. This assures that AM radio stations nationwide can continue to serve the public with news, entertainment and other programming without incurring high transitional costs. That value proposition connects with GatesAir’s message of high operational efficiency and low total cost of ownership for the over-the-air broadcaster, without affecting reliability or program quality.

Visitors to the GatesAir booth will find a Flexiva FAX exciter operating live in the expanded FM band (FMex) – technically TV Channel 5-6 – with a live audio stream and overview of the architecture. The demo will additionally include a special high-power amplifier, which maintains exceptional signal quality while broadcasting lower than the traditional FM band.  The complete demo can be seen at Booth C3107 during the 2015 NAB Show, which takes place April 13-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

“GatesAir’s transitional solution for FMex in Brazil reflects our long-time commitment to the Brazilian and greater Latin American market, which will continue well into the future through advanced technological innovation, and dedicated local sales and service,” said Joseph Mack, vice president of sales, Americas for GatesAir.

About GatesAir
GatesAir, Inc. provides complete solutions for over-the-air radio and television broadcasting, leveraging wireless spectrum to maximize performance for multichannel, mission-critical services. Powering over-the-air networks worldwide with unparalleled reliability for nearly 100 years, GatesAir’s turnkey solutions enable broadcasters to create, transport and transmit radio and TV content.  With customers in more than 185 countries, the company leads the industry in innovation and design breakthroughs, improving efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

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