Drake Mini-MDTA System to Support Cable Operator Push toward All-Digital by Enabling Digital QAM-to-Analog Conversion at Network Edge

FRANKLIN, OH – October 29, 2009 – Drake, an American cable TV equipment manufacturer committed to designing and building highly innovative communications solutions for over 65 years, announced today the launch of the Drake Digital Master Digital-To-Analog (MDTA) Mini-Headend, an on-premises QAM conversion system specifically designed to enable cable operators to adapt smaller, pre-determined, digitally delivered channel lineups for mixed analog and digital environments within multiple dwelling unit (MDUs) and commercial services properties like schools, health clubs, smaller hospitality properties and hospitals.

The Drake Mini-MDTA system provides cable operators with a cost-effective, scalable approach to servicing the minimal NTSC analog needs of their customers where deploying set-top boxes remains prohibitive or full channel lineups aren’t required. Highly-scalable and compatible with both Cisco and Motorola set-top systems, the Mini-MDTA system utilizes Drake mini-rack modulators and inexpensive set-top boxes, such as the Motorola DCT700, to enable operators to offer basic analog services and digital packages.

“Drake’s Mini-MDTA mini-headend is specifically engineered to support MSO all-digital migration strategies by enabling on-site conversion of digitally compressed video to analog at the edge of their networks. With this mini-headend, operators are able to provide bulk analog services at maximum cost-efficiencies for locations where a digital set-top on every TV is just not practical,” said Jeff Huppertz, president and CEO of Drake.

Built around Drake’s, compact, high-performance analog video modulation product, the Mini-MDTA system is capable of processing, demodulating, decrypting and converting up to 12 QAM channels per chassis, yielding 12 analog program streams. The ingenious design allows the Mini-MDTA to be quickly wall-mounted or installed inside an existing equipment rack if one is already present on-site. Multiple Mini-MDTA chassis may be combined to convert as many channels as desired. Locally originated video and audio baseband signals from a satellite receiver, TV camera, videotape recorder, TV demodulator, or similar signal sources commonly present at MDU’s are also easily integrated with the Mini-MDTA system.

About R.L. Drake
Headquartered in Ohio, Drake is an American cable TV institution, designing and building innovative end-to-end communications systems and video engineering components for over 65 years. Drake Digital™ headends are deployed in demanding locations worldwide, from the White House Situation Room to Iraq’s Green Zone, Disney’s cruise ships to US Navy vessels, and even in remote Inuit Eskimo communities across the Arctic Circle. Drake Digital™ systems are used by commercial, government, and MSO customers of all sizes. Drake arms multi-channel service providers with the technical solutions they need to efficiently upgrade their video networks to the latest digital technologies and effectively compete in the residential, enterprise and hospitality environments.

For more information, please visit www.rldrake.com.

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For more information, please contact:

Drake PR
Pascale Marchand
Bob Gold & Associates
(310) 784-1040