Drake Launches Mini-Headend With Digital-to-Analog Conversion

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FRANKLIN, OH – Cable equipment manufacturer Drake announced the launch of its Master Digital-To-Analog (MDTA) Mini-Headend. This on-premises QAM conversion system is designed to enable cable operators to adapt small, predetermined, digitally delivered channel lineups for mixed analog and digital environments in MDUs, schools, health clubs, smaller hospitality properties and hospitals.


The Mini-MDTA system provides a way to serve minimal NTSC analog needs in situations where deploying set-top boxes remains prohibitive or full channel lineups aren’t required. Highly scalable and compatible with both Cisco and Motorola set-top systems, the Mini-MDTA uses Drake minirack modulators and inexpensive set-top boxes, such as the Motorola DCT700, to enable operators to offer basic analog services and digital packages.


The device supports MSOs' digital migration strategies by enabling on-site conversion of digitally compressed video to analog at the edge of their networks. It allows operators to provide bulk analog services at locations where a digital set-top on every TV is not practical.


Built around Drake’s compact, high-performance analog video modulation product, the Mini-MDTA system can process, demodulate, decrypt and convert up to 12 QAM channels per chassis, yielding 12 analog program streams. The design allows the Mini-MDTA to be quickly wall-mounted or installed inside an existing equipment rack. Multiple Mini-MDTA chassis may be combined to convert as many channels as desired. Locally originated video and audio baseband signals from a satellite receiver, TV camera, videotape recorder, TV demodulator or similar signal sources are also easily integrated.

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