As ATSC 3.0 deployments continue to expand, Sencore has released a suite of new ATSC 3.0 solutions, consisting of the TXS 3800 transcoder, SLM 1530 signal level meter and the ARD 3000 series of receiver decoders.
The TXS 3800 is a dense ATSC 3.0 transcoder capable of transcoding up to four ATSC 3.0 services in a single chassis. Video can be transcoded to MPEG-2 and H.264, along with down-scaling, transrating and caption conversion. Audio is transcoded to either AC-3 or AAC and service names are mapped into standard TVCT format. Once transcoded, all elements are packaged into an MPEG transport stream and output as a traditional MPEG/IP transport stream for downstream use.
The SLM 1530 ATSC 3.0 handheld signal level meter is designed for broadcast professionals testing new ATSC 3.0 equipment and installations. Beyond ATSC 3.0, the meter includes full support for legacy ATSC 1.0 and QAM-B cable signals, making it a versatile tool for testing, installation and maintenance.
This lightweight meter includes in-depth RF measurements, such as signal level, MER, BER, S/N and constellation diagrams. The spectrum analyser feature is available for a single channel or full spectrum view. The pass/fail metrics make it quick and easy to identify issues in any system and the built-in decoder is designed to make it simple to decode these new signals on the go.
Sencore’s ARD 3000 series of ATSC 3.0 receiver decoders enables users to decode a single channel (ARD 3100) or up to four channels (ARD 3400) in a 1RU platform. The product is suited for re-encode or confidence monitoring applications in existing distribution systems.
The ARD 3000 series includes an ATSC 3.0 RF input allowing the user to tune to an RF channel and decode up to four services. Decoded services are output via 4x3G-SDI for UHD services or 3G/HD/SD-SDI for HD and SD services. Unit configuration is done using the intuitive web GUI or through APIs like REST and SNMP.