SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012 Product Preview | Booth 506

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Company Overview
Sencore is an engineering leader in the development of reliable, cost-effective signal transmission and content monitoring solutions for the broadcast, cable, satellite, and IPTV markets. Backed by world-class customer service and support, Sencore’s portfolio includes signal processing products, system monitoring and analysis solutions, and test and measurement equipment. Designed to meet the needs of an ever-changing industry — including IP-based video delivery and OTT applications — Sencore solutions ensure the efficient delivery of high-quality video from the source to the home. More information about Sencore can be found at www.sencore.com.

Sencore Products at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2012:

DTU-236A 1 GHz RF Probe for QAM/8-VSB/ASI
The DTU-236A RF Probe and RFXpert software provide a comprehensive solution for real-time analysis and monitoring of RF signals — including QAM A/B/C, 8-VSB, and NTSC RF channels up to 1 Ghz — with a small, lightweight, and rugged design that is fully USB-powered. The RFXpert software can be loaded by the end user on a PC or laptop to work in conjunction with the DTU-236A RF Probe. RFXpert provides complete RF analysis and logging including level, MER, BER, constellation, and spectrum, with real-time analysis, recording, and decoding of MPEG2/H.264 transport streams. The software includes easy-to-read spectral displays, both constellation and eye diagram displays, and the ability to disable 8-VSB tap equalization to view the uncorrected signal characteristics.

DSA 1490 CATV/SAT/TV Touch-screen Meter
The DSA 1490 is an all-format TV/RF signal analyzer that offers today’s engineer a complete portable tool for resolving digital video broadcast, transport, and reception challenges. The DSA 1490 is an RF signal testing solution for cable QAM channels, DVB-S/S2 satellite signals, 8-VSB broadcast channels, and ASI MPEG streams. A highly capable spectrum analyzer and automated satellite finder, the DSA 1490 provides powerful digital TV/RF analysis including MER, BER, PER, EVM, noise margin, constellation, and spectral analysis tests. A pass or fail quality indication simplifies interpretation. Additionally, the analyzer displays modulation type, FEC value, encryption type, MPEG services, video/audio program IDs, and MPEG format descriptors for advanced RF and MPEG signal analysis. Featuring a large 7-inch touch-screen, the portable and battery-operated DSA 1490 also includes full-screen video and audio decoding for MPEG2/H.264 signals.

TXS Series Transcoding Solutions
Sencore continues to improve and expand its line of best-in-class transcoding solutions for real-time video distribution, multi-screen adaptive bitrate streaming, and file-based transcoding workflows.
With the release of the new 2.0 software/firmware package, the TXS 3600 multi-service broadcast transcoding and transrating platform now supports a rich set of audio transcoding features for all popular audio formats including Dolby® Digital and Digital Plus, MPEG-2, HE-AAC, and AAC-LC.
The all-new TXS 8x00 series products include the TXS 8400 file-based transcoder, the TXS 8600 live streaming transcoder, and the TXS 8000 streaming manager system. The TXS 8400 provides high-powered faster-than-real-time encoding and transcoding of file-based assets for VoD, nPVR, and OTT on-demand applications. The TXS 8600 offers high-density real-time multi-profile encoding and transcoding for live adaptive bitrate video delivery to multiple screens. Both products support all popular codecs, containers, and adaptive bitrate protocols such as MS Smooth Streaming, Apple® HLS, Adobe® HDS, MPEG-2, H.264, and more. The TXS 8000 streaming manager and 8200 stream packager round out the solution set to provide redundancy control, system management, and edge-located chucking and packaging services.

VideoBRIDGE
At Cable-Tec Expo, an extensive selection from Sencore's VideoBRIDGE product line will be on display, including new OTT/adaptive bitrate monitoring enhancements to select VideoBRIDGE probes and software, which help operators ensure desired QoS from the point of origination through the delivery network and on to customer-premise end-viewing devices. The OTT/adaptive bitrate monitoring features in the VideoBRIDGE products are the perfect companion to the new Sencore TXS 8600 transcoder or any other OTT/adaptive bitrate encoding solution on the market.

Sencore Quote:
“With the complexity of today’s video delivery chain, tools for effective monitoring and troubleshooting are high on the priority list for MSOs and content providers. At this year’s Cable-Tec Expo, we’re looking forward to highlighting solutions such as our cost-effective 1 GHz RF Probe, touch-screen all-format TV/RF signal analyzer, and our OTT/adaptive bitrate monitoring system, all designed to help operators isolate and troubleshoot signal problems before they interfere with the viewer experience.” Joe Sucharda, vice president of marketing, Sencore.