The R&S®TH1 transmitter has been launched at IBC by Rohde & Schwarz, aiming to deliver new and more efficient traditional services in the streaming era.
The liquid-cooled high-power transmitter offers software-defined operation and the ability to work across all bands of UHF transmission. The design philosophy is to reduce energy costs and carbon footprint; to increase operational efficiency and resilience; and to unlock new broadcast applications, thereby creating new revenue opportunities for the operator.
The transmitter is available for demonstration and delivery immediately.
Introduced at a grand reveal ceremony at IBC by Maurice Uhlmann, Product Manager at Rohde & Schwarz, the improved power amplifier design delivers a dramatic increase in energy efficiency, claimed by the company to represent a 15% reduction in power consumption over even the most efficient of current designs, with a consequent reduction in carbon emissions. The liquid cooling concept, allowing more than 90% of all heat generated to be dispersed to the outside atmosphere, further reduces the energy requirements and total cost of ownership of an installation.
Internally, the design eliminates all single points of failure making the transmitter highly resilient, and enables self-repairing and remote monitoring, reducing the cost of routine maintenance, another significant saving in cost as well as boosting reliability.
“Today we have a new product on the market,” said Uhlmann. “This is an enormous step forward. Even though we were offering high energy efficiency levels already, we see the TH1 as having a big impact. Cutting greenhouse gas emissions is a task for the whole society and for all mankind. Consequently, it also is a task for our industry. The TH1 is providing solutions to our customers to comply with this task and to address the regulatory demands that are there today, and which are expected to further increase over the next year.
Manfred Reitmeier, VP Broadcast and Amplifier Systems at Rohde & Schwarz said: “The R&S®TH1 delivers sustainable broadcasting in the connected world. Consumers still watch linear television – two or three hours a day on average – and broadcasting is the best way to deliver it. What we have done with our revolutionary R&S®TH1 transmitter is to enable broadcast network operators to continue serving that key market with much greater cost-efficiency, reduced maintenance costs and higher resilience, and a much lower environmental impact.
“At the same time, we have enabled broadcasters to seize the advantages of new services,” he added. “As well as taking the advantages of linear multicast to mobile devices, this opens up new and valuable opportunities in the Internet of Things and in booming markets like the automotive industry.”
Stand Number: 7.B21
Company: Rohde & Schwarz