New Drake Digital EH24 Encoder Solution Will Enable Content Providers to More Cost-Effectively Distribute Multiple Standard-Definition Video Streams

FRANKLIN, OH – October 28, 2009Drake, an American cable TV equipment manufacturer committed to designing and building highly innovative communications solutions for over 65 years, today introduced the Drake Digital EH24 Encoder solution, a high performance, real-time, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standard definition (SD) encoding platform designed to cost-effectively address video content providers’ needs by allowing them to efficiently deliver the best possible SD quality video services while conserving valuable bandwidth.

The Drake Digital EH24 system can encode up to 12 analog video inputs when fully populated with six SDE24 encoder modules, each of which is capable of digitizing 2 analog video inputs in MPEG-2, or one in MPEG-4. Additionally, the platform contains a transport stream multiplexer capable of multiplexing from 2 to 12 digital programs into a multiple program transport stream, which is then directed to an integrated QAM modulator to output the streams over the network.

“Drake’s EH24 can be used to encode analog video in a variety of applications, from traditional cable systems and MDUs to schools, stadiums and other commercial environments – even naval vessels. Anywhere the network operator has video from a camera or other analog source, the EH24 cost-effectively enables digital transmission over their network,” said Jeff Huppertz, president and CEO of Drake.

The scalable Drake Digital EH24 system features six bays fitting any combination of SDE24 modules all within in a 2 rack unit (RU) chassis. Each SDE24 module incorporates a state-of-the-art, full-resolution, standard-definition, AVC-capable MPEG video encoder which can be configured from a low encoding bitrate of 250 Kbps up to 8 Mbps. The latest addition to Drake’s growing portfolio, the EH24 will make its debut at Cable-Tec in Denver (at Drake’s booth #1095).

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