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Ensemble Designs Honored With Two Prestigious NAB Awards

Ensemble Designs wins
TV Technology’s NAB Star Award and
Broadcast Engineering’s Pick Hit Award at NAB.

Grass Valley, California, 18 April 2011 – Ensemble Designs was honored with both the Broadcast Engineering and TV Technology awards at the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas last week. Both awards were presented for Ensemble’s new flexible matrix video router which is for use in broadcast television stations and high-end video facilities.

TV Technology announced that Ensemble Designs was a recipient of the coveted STAR Award, (Superior Technology Award Recipient), which celebrates the preeminent technological innovations in the media industry.

A judging panel of broadcast industry experts reviewed a variety of products and services, examined the technical applications and their overall contribution to the industry, and then submitted their award nominees. 

“The NAB show serves as the launching pad for thousands of new products and services for audio and video professionals,” said Tom Butts, TV Technology Editor-in-Chief. “Our panel of editors walked the show floor in search of the most innovative technologies. The products and services that we selected for the STAR Award made the cut—they demonstrated their ability to help advance the acquisition and distribution of entertainment and information across the media spectrum.” 

Broadcast Engineering announced that Ensemble Designs was a Pick Hits award winner. With a long history, Pick Hits are the most prestigious technical awards given at the NAB Show. A panel of independent judges toured the show floor for three days, looking for innovative products and technology. The judges then met to make their selections based on several criteria, including the technical and financial improvements the products can bring to a facility’s operation. Editors and publishers have no vote in the selection process.

“Our new router was a hit at the show,” said Mondae Hott, Director of Sales at Ensemble Designs. We has engineers from top TV stations all over the world in our booth for detailed, technical demos.”

Ensemble Designs new, flexible matrix router has an LCD display on the front of the panel that allows users to view the video signals inside the router before using them on-air. This exclusive thumbnail technology is useful to broadcasters who need a way to easily verify signals and metadata.

“I loved demoing the new thumbnail display to our customers,” said Cindy Zuelsdorf, Markteting Czar at Ensemble Designs. “It was exciting demoing this router because it has three special capabilities that no other router has. The live thumbnail display, the flexible configuration, and the clean switch were what brought in the awards.”

Most small routers have a fixed number of input and output ports. Often, they are not expandable, and if they are, a fixed block of inputs and outputs have to be added. This makes it very difficult to match the size of the router to the application at hand.

The 9430 router is part of Ensemble Designs’ Avenue signal processing family of equipment used in broadcast, production and post applications. The router occupies from one to three slots in the Avenue 3RU frame and is comprised of three different modules: the 9430 8×2 router module, the 9435 clean switch sub module, and the 9440 ten port expansion module.

Based in Grass Valley, California, and founded in 1989, Ensemble Designs is a leading provider of signal processing and infrastructure products to the professional broadcast industry, and other government and commercial applications. Customers include RAI, CBS News, NASA, Major League Baseball, Olympic Broadcast Organisation, Sky, ESPN, The Moving Picture Company and TVNZ.

Ensemble Designs PO Box 993, Grass Valley CA 95945 USA
Tel: +1 530.478.1830

Press Contact: Cindy Zuelsdorf
Tel: +1 530.478.8328