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ASC Signal to Demonstrate Next Gen Controller

Advanced Engineering Capabilities Allow Users to Better Control Earth Station Antennas.
by Staff Writers
Plano TX (SPX) Mar 18, 2011
ASC Signal will demonstrate the enhanced capabilities of its Next Generation Controller (NGC) for satellite antenna systems at SATELLITE 2011 in Washington, D.C., March 15-17. The technical enhancements to this latest generation NGC provide customers the flexibility to upgrade and add capabilities as their budgets allow, enabling them to meet growing operational needs well beyond the time of purchase.

ASC Signal's NGC continues to lead the industry as the first controller of its kind, enabling more precise operational control of Earth station systems. The NGC, launched nearly a year ago, is now used in mission-critical applications by customers in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas.

Incorporating state-of-the art technology, ASC Signal has added significant technical enhancements to the NGC in response to customers' needs to more accurately manage the carrier monitoring system, power supply, various environmental parameters, and positioning for transportable antennas.

With these enhancements, users will gain even greater utility from the NGC whenever upgrade needs arise, realizing greater cost savings over the life of their satellite Earth stations and networks. The NGC is designed to work with ASC's full range of C-, Ku-, X- and Ka-band antennas, as well as its transportable Trifolds in use by broadcasters and the military and many other antenna systems.

"We created the NGC and these advanced technology options to specifically respond to our customers' needs well beyond the time of purchase," said Keith Buckley, President and CEO of ASC Signal.

"The flexibility to add features over the long haul, or as users' budgets increase, means the total cost of ownership is significantly lower than with alternative products.

"The new capabilities that came about from this collaboration with our customers will support all industries and applications of our advanced Earth stations, and provide a greater range of upgrade possibilities when users most need them."

The enhanced optional features of the NGC include:

+ On-board LNA redundancy and waveguide switching system.
+ 0Easy-to-use antenna pattern-testing routine.
+ 10MHz reference system with IRIG B capability.
+ Enhanced interface for spectrum analyzer software.

With the introduction of the NGC's enhanced features, ASC Signal once again demonstrates its leadership in product development and engineering design. ASC Signal, previously Andrew Corporation, takes pride in continuing to offer the most advanced, state-of-the-art high-performance, highly-engineered satellite Earth station, radar and HF antenna systems.



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