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The aim of the project is to develop a Switch Matrix with Fibre Optical Interface.
The reason for the proposed product was driven by the following factors:
Based on these user demands and experiences, we have defined a new system architecture for satellite ground stations which integrates several functionalities in the proposed sub-system of a Switch Matrix with Fiber Optical Interface. This product will increase the competitiveness of the satellite communication service itself due to the significant decrease in costs.
Key features of the switch matrix are:
A Switch Matrix with fiber optical interface fits in the multimedia ground terminal as a central unit which collects at its input the receive signals from all the antennas with their Low Noise Block Converters (LNC) and distribute these signals free on demand at numerous outputs.
The proposed product consists of two parts the optical link and the switch matrix itself. The optical link is the interface to the LNC at the different antennas and transfers the signals via fiber optic even over long distances (which cannot be handled by coaxial cable) to the optical input ports of the switch matrix.
The switch matrix allows the user to switch each input to each output without any blocking effects. This gives the user of a switch matrix an unlimited routing and configuration capability. He can configure its total receive system in numerous ways depending to its requirements on demand. This is especially necessary for occasional use and for monitoring purposes.
The project is divided into the following phases:
In order to make products available to the market as quickly as possible, the implementation phase is divided in several parts.