FEBRUARY 24, 2009 -- ADC (search Lightwave for ADC) has announced its new ProPatch Fiber (PPF) Optic Panel, which the company asserts is the first product of its kind specifically targeted for the broadcast industry. Designed to ease network migration within the unique broadcasting infrastructure, the ProPatch panel enables broadcasters to incorporate fiber-optic cables to deliver high-definition (HD) services without overhauling their existing architectures.
"Mega-event broadcasting of sports events, concerts, and other live events is driving the demand for HDTV and other high-definition services. That increasing need for more bandwidth is urging many broadcasters to shift away from copper and embrace the efficiency of fiber-optic cable feeds," said Dean Rosenthal, market manager of Broadcast and Enterprise Solutions for ADC. "Five years ago, broadcasters might see two or three fibers in an on-location truck or broadcast office. Now they may encounter hundreds or more in some extreme applications like the recent political conventions last fall."
Configured for broadcast-style cabinets, the ProPatch fiber panel is designed to address both industry requirements and space-saving aesthetics. A flush-mounting front panel that doesn't protrude from the rack minimizes accidental physical contact. Designed to hold up under extreme use, the PPF is fabricated from heavy-gauge metal and is tested to military standards. Moreover, the panel maintains the unique broadcast architecture without requiring the users to change their industry-best practices.
For broadcasters who traditionally managed their equipment access from the back, the PPF panel offers front-facing access for flexibility in crowded locations where rear access is limited. The panel also incorporates ADC's Sliding Adapter Packs, fiber management trays that enable easy access for connecting jumpers and cleaning connectors without disturbing adjacent fibers. With this feature, broadcasters can deliver uninterrupted service without worrying about signal loss or downtime, ADC says.