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GatesAir has introduced a new FM analog transmitter line it says provides radio customers with the strongest power-to-size ratio for power levels up to 10 kW. According to GatesAir, the Flexiva GX Series uses the latest LDMOS technology and packs exceptional power density into a compact 5RU chassis, providing broadcasters with powerful 5 kW and 10 kW FM solutions that deliver a remarkable overall efficiency rating of up to 76 percent.
“No one has ever put 10 kW with an integrated exciter into a 5RU system, and the Flexiva GX Series makes this reality,” says Ted Lantz, vice president of product line management. “When you think of N+1 operations, broadcasters are looking for an extremely compact transmission infrastructure. We are supplying one customer with a complete 5+1 Flexiva GX system within a single 37RU rack.”
Lantz explains that the company achieved the necessary engineering breakthroughs in power density, efficiency and footprint by combining the Flexiva GX’s design and GatesAir’s third-generation PowerSmart high-efficiency transmitter architecture. While GatesAir continues to support HD Radio and DRM+ digital radio within its Flexiva FM transmitter range, the Flexiva GX Series is built for customers focused on the benefits of modern, high-efficiency solid-state technology.
The Flexiva GX Series also includes traditional GatesAir solid-state design benefits, including modular, redundant transmitter designs with hot-swappable power supplies. The transmitters provide auto-switching inputs, with dual AES (including AES192), dual composite and analog left/right audio inputs. Options include a GPS receiver to support SFN functionality and GatesAir’s new Intraplex IP Link 100e module. The latter integrates within Flexiva GX transmitters, enabling direct receipt of contributed FM content instead of requiring an external codec. This further reduces rack space requirements inside RF facilities with limited open real estate.