Inverto, developer and marketer of broadcast reception and streaming products
has announced the availability of Unicable II, a new Unicable multi-switch and Low Noise Block (LNB) products, with up to 24 User Bands. The products conform to CENELEC standards EN50494 and EN50607, supported by user-defined functions that are configurable to operators.
“We believe that multimedia home gateways require a completely different approach for an LNB and Multi- Switch. INVERTO has led the adoption of Unicable as of its inception in 2005 and the experience we have gained in many different deployment scenarios is translated here to a more integrated architecture that is able to deal with different operator requirements”, said Gil Laifer, Senior Director of Products.
“Unicable II, as we term it, is backward-compatible approach to addressing the operators’ needs for significant increase in input broadcast streams to multimedia home gateways”, he added.
Global multimedia home gateways shipments are expected to reach 9.6 million units by 2016, up from just 90,000 in 2011, according to IHS Screen Digest. Inverto’s Unicable II is designed with an on-board flash and supports both the Cenelec standards (Diseqc) and proprietary Frequency Shift Keying (FSK) protocol. Both the LNB and multi-switch are designed for set-top-box powered environments.
The company noted that Unicable II completes its offering of products designed to serve the growing multimedia home gateway market. The company announced last year the availability of its IP-LNB technology which utilise the SAT>IP protocol to dynamically multiplex satellite transport streams over a 1Gbit Ethernet output.
“While IP distribution to the home is scalable and cheaper when fully adopted by operators, Unicable II technology is a backward-compatible stepping-stone which requires simple software adaptations in the set top box. IP-LNB eliminates the need for tuners in the gateway, and turns every IP-box into a home gateway, but it is a shift in operators’ approach to the set top box or TV, in that sense”, Laifer explains.