DRAKE LAUNCHES FIRST HYBRID QAM MODULATION PLATFORM

Modular Drake Digital MEQ1000 Provides Cable Operators with Comprehensive Platform for Transcoding, Multiplexing, Edge QAM Modulation and Conversion

FRANKLIN, OH – July 27, 2009 – R.L. Drake, an American cable TV equipment manufacturer committed to designing and building highly innovative communications solutions for over 65 years, today announced the launch of their Drake Digital MEQ1000, the industry’s first hybrid transcoding, multiplexing edge QAM device designed to address cable operators’ high-density modulation and conversion needs while simplifying network architectures.

Drake’s MEQ1000 is a multiplexer, processor, QAM modulator and converter all-in-one, housed within a single rack-unit-sized (1RU) modular platform. The unit’s modular design allows cable operators to cost-effectively convert multiple input video formats – ASI, 8VSB, HD, analog SD, and IP – into a single QAM channel and reconfigure as needed via swappable modules to meet changing network requirements.

The MEQ1000 features two input module bays specially designed to accommodate a variety of input configurations, with the initial implementation built around the new Drake Digital DTD1000 module. Employing a lone DTD1000 module configuration, the MEQ1000 can transcode a single 8VSB broadcast channel to QAM, or enable QAM-to-QAM translation. When configured side-by-side with another DTD1000 module, operators can multiplex and transcode up to two 8VSB channels to one QAM.

Over time, Drake will introduce additional modules able to support multiple ASI-to-QAM, analog SD-to-QAM, component/HDMI HD-to-QAM, and Gig-E IP-to-QAM translation, or individual combinations of each.

“The MEQ1000’s modular design allows operators to flexibly scale services as network demands change, making it the ideal, cost-effective alternative to multi-box configurations,” said Jeff Huppertz, president and CEO of Drake. “The MEQ1000 is the perfect product for cable operators looking to expand their video services in a quick and efficient manner.”

Drake is premiering the MEQ1000 at the NCTC Independent Show in Dallas, TX in booth #23.

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 used 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
pascale@bobgoldpr.com