HACKETTSTOWN, NJ-Nucomm, a provider of digital and analog microwave systems for the broadcast industry, common carrier, cable, government, military, and international marketplace, announced that it will supply HD microwave equipment to China´s national broadcaster, CCTV, for use during the Opening Ceremony outdoor events at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. This is the first HD airborne microwave system sold to a broadcast network in the People´s Republic of China.

During the Beijing Olympics, Nucomm will equip a helicopter with its CamPac2 microwave transmitter (see figure); a small, lightweight HD/SD COFDM unit intended for wireless/moving camera applications, and Newscaster DR, a lightweight HD/SD COFDM microwave receiver for portable and mobile video applications. Also included in the package is a highperformance two-axis steered antenna from Troll Systems.

"Overhead shots are an important aspect of sports broadcasts and we wanted a solution that would provide our network with exceptional performance and the greatest possible flexibility," states Ding Wen- Hua, the chief engineer of CCTV. "Nucomm´s technology will play a critical role in bringing viewers across the country closer to the event."

As well as providing overhead shots, the helicopter will serve as an airborne repeater for CCTV during the games. On the ground, two motorcycles will send pictures up to the helicopter where they will be relayed back to a complementary Nucomm portable receiver tuner.

For additional information, see www.nucomm.com.