Ikegami has received 2014 Good Design Award

Ikegami Tsushinki has received 2014 Good Design Award for iHTR-100 series Optical fibre Transmission System.

iHTR-100 series
Uncompressed HD-SDI is the standard video signal of HDTV. HD-SDI is a high speed (approx. 1.5 Gbps) signal, and it can be transmitted only about 100 meters using standard coax cable. However, TV Stations and video producers can now use the HTR-100 to transmit 6 uncompressed HD-SDI signals up to 20 km (20,000 meters) on one optical fibre cable. Even without power available at one end, this product can transmit power and video with optical/copper multi-cable up to 1 km (1,000 meters) for outside broadcasting such as mobile unit production with various types of equipment in the field. In addition to video signals, LAN data signals can also be multiplexed and transmitted using the HTR-100. This simple product using only one optical fibre cable should be very suitable for the future style of broadcast production which will require data service together with the video.

Designer's comment
The base design is the tapered and rounded front edge panels, it makes sharper, lower, casual and compact images, which is not Ikegami's traditional style. Besides to identify each unit clearly, vivid-color was painted on top and bottom bars, it enhanced sharpness and its existence. Also "how to protect the delicate optical fibre cables on the units", was the largest subject for us. When this project was commenced, we did not have any plan of protect-suit, we have designed several types to protect the cables without protect-suit, but the cost issue always prevented from real production. Eventually a simple protection bar, attaching to the bottom plate, was accepted. However, the demand of mobile use and complete cable protection required a cover, which became the protect-suit. The first design of protect suit was just a simple box. Then sample prototype unit was developped, which was exhibited at InterBee2013 show. Gray color anodized aluminum body, clear plastic large front cover to view the unit status easily, aluminum polished foldable handle, etc. The unit was finished with integrated and advanced design. The entry model for the Good Design Award was a finalized type with additional improvements.

What is Good Design Award?
Good Design Award is a comprehensive and annual program for the evaluation and commendation of design, organized by Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP). Its origin was "Good Design Selection System" established in 1957 by Ministry of International Trade and Industry. Since then, it has been given to approximately 40,000 outstanding designs for more than 55 years.

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