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Within the framework of a former ESA project AziSat, Newtec brought the product AZ111 on to the market as replacement for the AZ110 broadcast modulator. The new product was based on a new HW platform. Within this LodeStar project , Newtec will ehance its AZ111 product with a larger set of features so it can be used in more applications, including contribution, primary distribution (in addition to pure DTH) and generic applications. This move is done with the aim of providing unique value-added features to keep this modulator above competing products. The product is now referred to as M6100.
Such an offer however, only makes sense if the M6100 modulator is accompanied by a consistent set of accompanying products: A redundancy switching solution compliant with the modulator and its new features, A set of frequency converters that are at least on par with the latest features offered by the competition and that cover most of the applications the M6100 can address.
The following developments are to be performed within the scope of LodeStar:
This evolution will be done through two subsequent releases: R1.1 and R1.2.
Those new products will be inserted in the standard portfolio of Newtec.
The main challenges are to be found in the feature developments of M6100. These are related to the platform performance limitations to support all the proposed features (TS analyser, MPE encapsulator, etc.). Also in the dynamic aspects of introducing control loops to the whole system (Linear AutoEqualink, Robust TSoIP), and in the more general impact on the satellite spectral eco system (Clean Channel technology ™).
The M6100 R1.2 will offer the broadcast operator the ultimate solution to making the IP transition with the introduction of Robust TSoIP and the TS analyser (which is also applicable on the ASI interface).
For non DTH applications it will improve spectral efficiency with the introduction of Clean Channel Technology ™ and the opportunistic IP insertion via MPE encapsulation. In the DTH market the Linear Autoequalink will insure good channel equalisation – even in the absence of a good receiver equaliser.
The whole broadcast community will clearly benefit from Carrier Identification with the Olympics 2012 as a first global showcase. High availability will be guaranteed by the AZ202 upgrade. And the frequency converters upgrade will further complete the Newtec portfolio towards a consistent product offering such that product selection for the customer becomes more straightforward.
The transformation from AZ111 R1.0 into M6100 R1.1 and related products will be based on following key feature developments:
Further on the roadmap, M6100 R1.2 and related products will be based on following key developments:
Some developments are quite self contained and are treated in separate development tracks: A first track contains the feature developments on the M6100 product, which is split in 2 releases. In the first release the basic functionality is developed and validated (Spectral Purity, robust TSoIP) which are fundaments for the second phase (Clean Channel technology ™ and TS analyser). Both phases are completed with other feature developments such that the R1.1 also has market value. Timing wise, R1.1 becomes available in March 2012 while R1.2 is targeted to become available in December 2012 (or earlier if possible).
The AZ202 redundancy switch upgrade development is planned in a second parallel track. Compliancy of AZ202 needs to be validated on the M6100 R1.1.
A third parallel track contains the development of the new RF equipment, which is targeted to become available at the end of 2012.
All products are released and commercially available.