GatesAir, a global leader in wireless, over-the-air content delivery solutions for radio and TV broadcasters, will unveil three configurations of its now-shipping Flexiva FMXi 4g embedded HD Radio solution at the 2019 NAB Show. Available as a single Exporter/Importer or as separate Importer and Exporter systems, the IT-based solution eliminates the maintenance of older hardware-based components while integrating the critically important function of HD Radio Diversity Delay.
GatesAir will also expand its Flexiva brand of FM and HD Radio solutions with a new 7.5 kW FAX air-cooled transmitter that bridges the gap between its lower and medium power models. The new transmitter maintains all of the standard operational benefits of Flexiva’s high-efficiency architecture, including reduced footprint, power consumption and maintenance thanks to its green and modular design.
The immediate availability of the FMXi 4g solution remains the top storyline for GatesAir’s radio business at NAB. GatesAir’s IT-embedded approach is a significant departure from previous-generation designs, providing an integrated platform that is reliable and maintenance free compared to computer-based platforms.
The FMXi 4g is also the industry’s first embedded HD Radio infrastructure solution to provide dynamic time and audio correction between analog (FM) and digital (HD Radio) signals. The GatesAir-exclusive algorithm inside the FMXi 4g ensures proper time alignment between the two. This improves the listener experience in areas where the digital signal fades, ensuring program linearity and automatically removing objectionable blending artifacts. Built-in software intelligence aligns the time, levels and phase of the audio to deliver a clean and engaging audience experience.
Ted Lantz, Vice President and General Manager, Radio Product Group for GatesAir notes that the convergence of Exporter and Importer functions into a single software-embedded system represents an important future direction for GatesAir. The FMXi 4g joins the recently-announced Intraplex Ascent embedded Audio over IP solution in GatesAir’s future strategy around IT and broadcast convergence.
“The removal of a standalone, computer-based Exporter or Importer eliminates the boot-up process and troublesome moving parts, and frees broadcasters from maintaining PC-based solutions,” said Lantz. “HD Radio implementation is simplified by eliminating complex configuration setups, along with having the Artist Experience integrated within the platform. These benefits are shared regardless of which of the three FMXi 4g configurations the customer chooses to deploy.”
GatesAir will demonstrate the FMXi 4g as part of its complete HD Radio Gen4 solution, along with its new Flexiva FAX 7.5 transmitter, at NAB from April 8-11 in the Las Vegas Convention Center. GatesAir exhibits at Booth N3303.