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GatesAir Expands Maxiva Transmission Family at 2020 NAB Show

New transmitter and software innovations communicate GatesAir’s vision for NextGen TV and DAB Radio, while new liquid-cooled designs extend bottom-line benefits
Cincinnati, OH, March 10, 2020

GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for TV and radio, will broaden its range of Maxiva transmitters and next-generation software innovations for digital broadcasters at the 2020 NAB Show. GatesAir will introduce its first Maxiva liquid-cooled transmitter line for VHF television and DAB Radio, alongside several compact, high-density transmission solutions from its new GatesAir Europe division. GatesAir will also unveil several ATSC 3.0 software innovations to address the unique IP networking architecture and security requirements of NextGen TV.    

Liquid-Cooled VHF and DAB

GatesAir extends the proven operational benefits of its liquid-cooled UHF transmitters to VHF and DAB Radio with the global debut of its Maxiva VLX-OP Series. The high-efficiency, frequency-agile transmitter line covers low-band VHF (Channels 2-6), high-band VHF (Channels 7-13), and DAB/DAB+ radio. The VLX-OP Series offers the same software-defined modulations as Maxiva VAXTE air-cooled transmitters to support global analog and digital standards.

Like GatesAir’s Maxiva ULXTE liquid-cooled UHF transmitters, the VLX-OP Series integrates redundant, liquid-cooling pumps that efficiently move transmitter-generated heat to building exteriors. The system minimizes cooling requirements inside RF shelters, and especially reduces utility bills at medium-to-high power levels. The VLX-OP Series also leverages the unparalleled power density of Maxiva transmitters to reduce size and weight, and hot-swappable modular designs to streamline maintenance.

NextGen TV

At NAB (April 19-22, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N3403), GatesAir will emphasize the Maxiva VLX-OP Series’ benefits for ATSC broadcasters. The VLX-OP Series transmits at the same power level for ATSC 1.0 and ATSC 3.0 broadcasts (from 1.8kW to 43kW), which simplifies and lowers the cost of transitioning to NextGen TV.

GatesAir will also introduce advanced software features for NextGen TV content protection such as STL Security, a layer that encrypts the ATSC 3.0 content path. These features, along with a secure HTML5 web interface, will be available in all Maxiva UHF and VHF transmitters.

“GatesAir has been focused on development roadmaps for ATSC 3.0 for years, and has tested and validated the basic feature sets of the standard,” said Ray Miklius, Vice President and General Manager, TV Products, GatesAir. “We have now turned our attention to software development for advanced ATSC 3.0 features, including access control and improved user account management. These innovations ensure that our customers are fully prepared for NextGen TV operations.”

International Innovation

GatesAir’s US-based engineers developed the Maxiva VLX-OP in cooperation with GatesAir Europe, a recently acquired division that has brought many of its innovations to the company. Several will receive their North American debut at the 2020 NAB Show:

 

All three systems leverage GatesAir Europe’s clever design and engineering innovations, including cable-free, plug-in architectures that accelerate assembly and upkeep, reduce clutter and maintenance, and increase system reliability. Additionally, a single-band PA module covers all Band III frequencies in VHF and DAB Radio – a unique competitive advantage that eliminates jumpers, tuning and other frequency-related adjustments.

 

About GatesAir

GatesAir, Inc., a portfolio company of The Gores Group, 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 with all products designed and assembled in the USA. Visit www.gatesair.com for more information, Like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/gatesair, and follow us on Twitter at @GatesAir.

About The Gores Group

The Gores Group, founded in 1987 by Alec Gores, is a global investment firm focused on acquiring controlling interests in mature and growing businesses which can benefit from the firm's operating experience and flexible capital base. The firm combines the operational expertise and detailed due diligence capabilities of a strategic buyer with the seasoned M&A team of a traditional financial buyer. Over its 30-year history, The Gores Group has become a leading investor having demonstrated a reliable track record of creating value in its portfolio companies alongside management. Headquartered in Los Angeles, The Gores Group maintains offices in Boulder, CO, and London. For more information, please visit http://www.gores.com.

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