LightPointe's FlightStrata HD optical wireless link speeds HDTV apps

March 29, 2006 San Diego, CA -- LightPointe has introduced the FlightStrata HD, a high-bandwidth optical wireless platform for meeting High-Definition Television (HDTV) requirements, including the delivery of real-time, remote, HDTV-quality broadcast video and audio feeds.

March 29, 2006 San Diego, CA -- LightPointe has introduced the FlightStrata HD, a high-bandwidth optical wireless platform for meeting High-Definition Television (HDTV) requirements, including the delivery of real-time, remote, HDTV-quality broadcast video and audio feeds. According to the company, the license-free FlightStrata HD is designed specifically to support bandwidth-intensive HDTV point-to-point wireless communications while surpassing fiber-optic cable and low-speed radio frequency (RF) connectivity in terms of capacity, ease of use, portability and cost.

The FlightStrata HD transmits uncompressed HDTV signals wirelessly at full-duplex throughput of 1.485 Gbit/sec, making it suitable for use in remote cameras covering broadcast events. An optical wireless product based on free space optics (FSO) technology, the FlightStrata HD uses beams of light for sending high quality, real-time HDTV video streams at recommended distances up to 750 meters between a remote HDTV camera and production studio facility or remote satellite truck. The company says the FlightStrata HD offers the throughput of fiber-optics transmission while eliminating the process of installing permanent or temporary cabling. Additionally, the company says the FlightStrata HD eliminates the spectrum licensing and compression concerns typically associated with lower-speed RF platforms.

The FlightStrata HD is fully compatible with the HDTV Serial Digital Interface (HD-SDI) transmission industry standard (SMPTE-292M). The system also incorporates multi-beam transmission, auto tracking, Optical Beam Shaping (OBS) and Automatic Power Control (APC) to ensure high levels of reliable communications.

"Optical wireless already has made major inroads in enterprise and carrier networks around the world as a proven and reliable method for delivering secure, high-speed communications," comments Bob Preston, chief marketing officer at LightPointe. "With FlightStrata HD, we're giving broadcasters the transmission quality of fiber-optic cable combined with the ease and portability of point-to-point wireless communications."

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