Telecast Announces Rattler


New USB-powered mini transceiver receives critical acclaim at NAB2005

Last Updated: May 24, 2005 5:25 pm GMT
(WORCESTER, Mass. -- May 24, 2005) The new Rattlerâ„¢ mini HD/SDI transceiver from Telecast Fiber Systems, displayed for the first time at NAB2005, has already won two prestigious awards for its ability to lower cost and complexity in fixed and remote broadcast applications, the company announced today.

"Our new Rattler family provides broadcasters with small, handy solutions to the cabling challenges they routinely face in the field," said Eugene Baker, Telecast's vice president and chief technical officer. "These represent the first HD/SDI fiber adapters that fall into the category of 'gadgets,' allowing crews to carry full-featured fiber systems in their pockets for immediate requirements. They are plug-and-play devices that even include integrated diagnostics, such as a power meter and signal indicators."

A miniature HD/SDI transmitter and receiver set, the Rattler accepts a coax input into the TX unit for uncompressed signal output on fiber, and turns it back into coaxial video with the RX unit. Each 3-inch-long device, weighing approximately 1.8 ounces, derives power from a standard USB cable, an innovative approach that allows something as ubiquitous and inexpensive as a four-port USB hub to power up to four Rattlers efficiently. The system eliminates the need for bulky power cords or "dongles." The mini USB interface also includes provisions for SNMP network monitoring access.

The Rattler brought home two awards for Telecast in April: the STAR Award from TV Technology and the Pick Hit Award from Broadcast Engineering. Learn more about Telecast's complete range of fiber systems at

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