ETL Systems has announced the launch of a new compact L-band RF matrix/router at IBC. The Hawk is ideally suited for RF signal routing at low Earth orbit (LEO) gateways, as well as small high throughput satellite (HTS) ground stations and deployable VSAT terminals. The Hawk will be demonstrated on the ETL stand (1.A33) at IBC.

The Hawk matrix is a new addition to ETL’s range of 36 L-Band Matrices which is more than double the range of its nearest competitor. The new Hawk provides flexible routing solutions with configurable capacity and uplink or downlink matrix module options. It can be configured with either dual 8x8 matrix modules, or a single 16x8 or 8x16 matrix module. It is a cost-effective solution as one module can be combining for uplink transmit signals and the other distributive for downlink receive signals. The 1U matrix can also be configured with two modules combining or distributing.

Ian Hilditch, CEO, ETL Systems, commented: “Ground segment equipment for LEO constellations benefits from compact designs with high resiliency and flexibility, and we have designed the Hawk matrix with this in mind. Along with LEO gateways, this new matrix is well suited to other applications, such as small teleports with multiple modems and one or two antennas.” 

The design of the Hawk matrix supports mission critical communication applications with plug and go technology from field replaceable matrix modules and hot-swap CPU and dual redundant power supply units.

ETL Systems will also be demonstrating a new rack mounted Ku to L-band frequency converter, called the Falcon as well as demonstrating a wide range of RF products, including StingRay RF over Fibre, Griffin Redundancy Switch and a range of RF components.