Press Release

ETL Systems to Showcase New RF Innovations at SATELLITE 2017

By SpaceRef Editor
March 6, 2017
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ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF signal distribution equipment for satellite communications, will be showcasing its new technologies in RF distribution at SATELLITE 2017.  

Among the technologies on display at the show will be ETL Systems’ new customizable RF matrices, the 64×64 Hurricane matrix router and the 128×128 Harrier matrix router, which is making its US show debut. The compact Hurricane router, which is the smallest matrix in the market with integrated LNB powering options, eliminates the need for additional chassis for LNB powering and fiber receiver modules as it can all be integrated within the matrix.

The Harrier 10U matrix provides similar benefits to the Hurricane, including the ability to customize the router with input modules that match the customer’s specific RF signal requirements, depending on the satellite feed. Each input can be tailored with different features including fiber connector inputs, LNB powering, variable gain and variable slope compensation to balance signal levels.

“The SATELLITE show is one of the biggest events on our calendar and we are very much looking forward to showcasing the Harrier Matrix in the US for the first time,” said Susan Saadat, Vice President of Americas at ETL Systems. “We understand that power saving is crucial for our customers, so we have designed the Harrier and Hurricane matrices to only power through active signal routes.”

The company’s presence at SATELLITE follows major contract wins in the region, including a major telecommunications company which selected ETL to equip several ground stations worldwide with RF signal distribution equipment to route the U.S. Navy’s traffic. A significant order was also placed by a network communications service provider, which is launching an additional eight satellites and placed an order with ETL to provide a full matrix expansion to all of its gateway stations to handle its expected increase in traffic.

“We have a lot of exciting projects to look forward to this year and are delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate the flexibility of our RF equipment to meet strict government requirements,” said Saadat. “Both companies needed a supplier and partner that could deliver high quality RF equipment for defense communications and wide-spread satellites, and ETL certainly does that.”

ETL’s presence at the event also comes after the recent announcement that the company’s Ensign RF Switch Matrix / Router was nominated by the World Teleport Association for Teleport Technology of the Year. The Ensign Matrix is an innovative fan-in fan-out (FIFO) router that is able to split and combine feeds at the same time, for uplink and downlink traffic. The award, which will be presented at a ceremony at SATELLITE on March 7, recognizes companies and individuals who have dramatically demonstrated excellence in the field of teleport operations, development and technology.

Other products on display at the ETL booth will include its popular StingRay RF over Fibre options, its Alto variable gain redundancy amplifiers, and a range of other RF components. ETL will also be hosting a champagne event for Satellite Interference Group (SIRG) on Wednesday 8 March at its booth.

Visitors to SATELLITE 2017 can find ETL Systems at Booth 2209 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C, March 6–9 2017.

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For technical information, please contact:

ETL Systems:
Kristy Summers
+44 (0)1981 259020
kristy.[email protected]

For press information, please contact:

Proactive International PR
Kelly Mancaruso
+44 1636 812152
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About ETL Systems:

ETL design and build high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, with a focus on customisation and customer service.  In FY2016, 91% of sales were exports.

ETL’s products are generally used in satellite ground stations and include switch matrices, splitters, amplifiers, and fibre optic equipment.  Customers include governments, satellite operators, telecoms companies, and broadcasters. Eight of the top twelve NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens and fourteen of the top twenty global satellite operators also use ETL equipment. 

With its dedicated in-house engineers based in Herefordshire, UK, ETL Systems has seen an average growth of 20 per cent in the last five years and has won three Queens Awards for International Trade.

SpaceRef staff editor.