According to the company, the BroadPort 550, along with Comtrol’s other society of motion picture and television engineers (SMPTE) serial cards, break new ground by introducing serial communication products designed for the needs of the television broadcast industry, which is held to the SMPTE connectivity standards.
Comtrol said that its SMPTE products take streams of information from broadcast network suppliers and major networks and ingest this information feed to create a broadcast. A single serial port connection can split information and push data out to up to 32 units. Multiple ports are in high demand in the broadcast industry.
Other features include the ability to facilitate the addition of local programming to complement what data is distributed from the major networks; and news alerts that scroll across the bottom of a newscast program through Comtrol’s RocketPort and DeviceMaster.
Ehssan Taghizadeh, president and COO of Comtrol, said: The broadcast industry is an important part of our business. With the release of the BroadPort 550, we expect our reputation for designing and building device controllers that deal with tough issues to continue to strengthen.