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AOptix Technologies Demonstrates a Technology First For HD Sports Television Production

Campbell, California – April 11, 2008:   AOptix Technologies, Inc., (AOptix) a leading edge developer of ultra-high bandwidth laser communication solutions and television microwave services provider Total RF, today announce recent successful Free Space Optical (FSO) lasercom link transmission tests for a national
  sports television network in New York and San Jose.

Recent demonstrations showcased the benefit of eliminating a long fiber run to an HD camera feed above the New York skyline. The AOptix broadcast lasercom terminals were located atop the GM Building on 5th Avenue and near the production truck, 1km away in Central Park. The 2.5Gbps bi-directional link consisted of an uncompressed 1080i camera and gigabit Ethernet feeds through a single, line of site, single-mode-fiber connection.

In San Jose, two additional long-distance demonstrations showcased the portability and ease of set-up for the AOptix system. TV network engineering executives were impressed when observing error-free performance at distances of .6km and 3.2km. Continuous un-compressed HD-SDI and SD-SDI video feeds along with gigabit Ethernet, audio, and production line comms were transmitted over DWDM lasercom. Terminals were placed on the rooftops and inside a mobile van on a parking garage roof.
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“The new broadcast lasercom system from AOptix, offers a complete wireless solution for multiple HD feeds – from the remote cameras, audio and controls to the mobile studio for post production,” said Bruce Carpenter, Director of Sales, Commercial Communication Systems at AOptix. “At the center of the AOptix system is the LCT-5 lasercom terminal providing the 10 Gbps FSO wireless transmission. The backend I/O hardware completes the solution with a generic interface for standard broadcast equipment, supporting multiple configurations of uncompressed 1080i & 720p video, AES Audio, RTS Intercom and GIG-E.”

To achieve stability and link quality over the air, the LCT-5 uses AOptix Technologies proprietary Adaptive Optics technology to compensate for atmospheric distortions in real time. This revolutionary approach to FSO, minimizes the effects of atmospheric scintillation, dramatically enhancing link availability.

“There’s no licensing or spectral limitations with lasercom. I just think there’s a lot of opportunity here. I think it can definitely fill a niche. It can replace a lot of the RF links that are in the microwave business today in television broadcasts. I think it’s going to be a real future technology,” says Steve Gansky, President of Total RF.

“What we saw is very impressive. It looks like this is a very interesting technology that could have several uses in the broadcast industry for moving multiple video and data feeds across an open space. We’re looking forward to trying it out,” said one TV engineering executive.

AOptix Technologies will be demonstrating live free space optical communications at The 2008 National Association of Broadcasters Convention – Booth C6245 in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 14th – 17th.

Previous News:  
AOptix Technologies to Exhibit Adaptive Optics-Based, Stand-Off Iris Recognition System, Sept 2007.
AOptix Technologies Raises $15 Million In New Venture Funding, May 2007.
AOptix Technologies Introduces AO-Based FSO Communications Product, June 2005.
Lehman Brothers and 3i Co-Lead Series B Investment in AOptix Technologies, Mar 2002.

About Total RF:  
Our mission remains constant: To provide the finest quality wireless infrastructure for broadcast, operated by the most competent people in the business – all at the best possible price. At Total RF, we’re able to draw from an immense inventory of the finest, most reliable equipment in the industry; equipment supported by a skilled and highly professional technical staff. Our confidence comes from the ability to respond with imaginative and innovative solutions to any communications challenge. Because we offer a unique synthesis of technology and field applications, Total RF means complete wireless management.

About AOptix Technologies, Inc:  
AOptix Technologies is a privately funded company founded in 2000. With core technology expertise in the application of advanced adaptive optics, they develop free space optical communications and biometrics based identification solutions for both government and commercial markets.

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