NCP grabs sixth Utah Scientific router for new truck

New Century Productions has purchased a Utah Scientific UTAH-400 router system for its latest high-definition remote broadcasting truck, the NCP-VIII. It’s the sixth Utah Scientific router purchased by NCP.

NCP-VIII’s first major event will be the U.S. Open, starting on Aug. 28 in
New York.

“We have used Utah Scientific equipment since we built our first truck, in
1989, and their products have proven to be incredibly reliable,” said Mike
Mundt, vice president, engineering, NCP. “Having equipment that you don’t have to worry about is incredibly important when you are on the road all the time, and Utah routers have come through year after year. Even on the occasion when we do need some support, the Utah customer service team has proven to be second to none.”

NCP has been a Utah Scientific customer since 1989 when it installed an AVS-1 analog router, which is still operating on the NCP-I, the first truck NCP built. Since then, the company has purchased Utah Scientific products for NCP-II, III, IV, VII, and now NCP-VIII.

The UTAH-400 system NCP chose for NCP-VIII consists of three router frames in one package, and includes a UTAH-400 288×576 video frame configured for 256 SD inputs with 288 analog NTSC and 96 SD outputs; a second UTAH-400 video frame loaded as a 128×128 HD router; and a UTAH-400 288×288 audio frame configured for 208×192 AES audio and 48×64 analog stereo audio. The entire system is controlled as single system via Utah Scientific’s SC-4 control system.

The NCP-VIII rollout is slated for August 2006 and the truck will become the fourth HD-capable vehicle in NCP’s fleet. The UTAH-400 HD and SDI routers will be used to cover major sporting events throughout the country in the 1080i and 720p HD broadcast formats and numerous SD formats.
Utah Scientific’s UTAH-400 router series was developed to provide a single platform for all digital router applications, from very small to extremely large matrix configurations, and to handle all digital signal formats. It is readily scaleable from 8×8 to 1152×1152, using a single family of matrix building blocks. Its three-board architecture provides a tremendous reduction in its physical footprint.

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