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Latest HCS4 satcom controller demonstrated

The latest version of its satellite communications controller is being showcased at IBC by Hiltron Communications. The company is demonstrating the HCS4 (Hiltron Control System version 4) which provides a range of facilities including easy switchover between main and backup devices such as downconverters, high-power amplifiers, waveguide switching systems, MPEG digital video broadcast encoders/modulators and integrated receiver/decoders. The HCS4 can also be used to power, control and monitor optical-fibre transceivers.

The controller is housed in a 2 rack-unit high 19-inch chassis which can be equipped with dual AC or DC power supplies for redundant protection. The HCS4 can be operated locally via a front-panel touch-sensitive LCD display, or remotely. Two communication card modules (type HCS3:PSC) housed in slots A1 and A13 each provide a RS422 serial interface for remote control. Alternatively, slot A1 can be equipped with a network interface card module (type HCS3.PSN) providing both an Ethernet interface and a serial interface.

The remaining 11 interface connection slots (A2 to A12) can be equipped with different hot-pluggable card modules such as switch cards and I/O cards, which are programmable. They include monitoring, control and power supply for fibre optic modules; fibre optic switchover systems; LNB redundancy systems for C band and Ku band; HPA redundancy systems; redundancy systems for DVB MPEG encoders/modulators/IRDs; and other applications for monitoring and control.