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For-A demos new version of super signal processor

FOR-A Corporation of America will introduce the FA-9100 HD/SD, its newest FA Series Model of super signal processor, at NAB 2007.

FOR-A Corporation of America will introduce the FA-9100 HD/SD, its newest FA Series Model of super signal processor, at NAB 2007. The FA-9100 is a more advanced version of the FA-9000. Customers can now choose between the FA-9000 and the FA-9100 depending upon the type of processing required.

"The FA-9100 represents the culmination of FOR-A's 35 years of signal processing innovations. Like the FA-9000, the new FA-9100 is an affordable HD-based super signal processor with functionality that goes way beyond a typical frame synchroniser and converter. The FA-9100 offers several options, including HDV/DV stream conversion, Dolby E encoder/decoder, and HD/SD up/down and cross conversion. With the installation of an optional redundant power supply, the FA-9100's operation is improved due to failsafe redundancy," says Susumu Hotta, president, FOR-A Corporation of America. "With this expanded feature set, the FA-9100 is an all-in-one super signal processor suited to the challenges of today's multi-format DTV broadcast environment."

The new FA-9100 has optional cross conversion between 1080i and 720p HD formats as well as HD/SD up and down conversion, The FA-9100 also offers freely adjustable aspect ratio conversion and cross conversion between 1080i and 720p HD formats.

The FA-9100 has an optional Dolby E encoder/decoder. Only the Dolby E decoder option had been available on the model FA-9000. Dolby E, a surround sound distribution system developed by Dolby Laboratories, is becoming increasingly common in the broadcast production pipeline. The FA-9100 can decode Dolby E signals that were input from an external encoder or encode internal audio signals into Dolby E for output. Audio signal processing is based on a high-accuracy sampling rate converter, providing a full range of signal conversion functions, including channel swap, level adjustment, mux/demux, and delay. Other enhancements to the FA-9100 include a video delay circuit that can delay video by up to four frames.

This video delay can be useful in a variety of applications including the signal timing involved in FOR-A's virtual studio systems. This video delay is also useful for applications such as introducing delay to adjust for Dolby E signals.

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