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March 13, 2017

Posted in Press Release


Bittree to Showcase High-Density Fiber and Copper Keystone Data Patchbays at 2017 NAB Show

Bittree to Showcase High-Density Fiber and Copper Keystone Data Patchbays at 2017 NAB Show

Flush-mount, modular panels bring benefits of company’s highly-regarded video and audio patching solutions to data-centric applications

Patch Panel

Glendale, CA – March 13, 2017 – Supporting the accelerating adoption of data-based systems in broadcast and professional A/V environments, Bittree is bringing a versatile array of flush-mount, high-density, modular keystone panels to the upcoming 2017 NAB Show (April 24-27 in Las Vegas). Available in fiber, copper and mixed configurations with a flexible choice of connection types, the new data patch panels will be demonstrated alongside the company’s latest video and audio patchbay innovations in booth SU6221 at the show.

“From television broadcast facilities to audio recording studios and performing arts centers, today’s media environments are integrating data-centric workflows at a rapid pace, with an increasing need for fiber optic and copper data connectivity beyond their traditional BNC and XLR infrastructures,” said Bryan Carpenter, senior sales consultant at Bittree. “Our high-density, flush-mount data panels provide customers with the same robust build quality and engineering excellence they have come to expect from Bittree’s video and audio solutions, along with innovations such as our unique ground plane design.”

Accommodating inserts with up to a 17mm pitch, Bittree’s space-friendly 1RU data panels deliver the industry’s highest keystone density, offering 1x24 in a single, non-staggered row with plenty of room for the included bar-and-cap front designation strip. Keystone jacks mount flush with the surface of the panel, interfering less during patching than protruding alternatives.

Folded-steel front panel construction is complemented by removable, securely-attached rear lacing bars, while the units’ entire nickel-plated rear panel serves as a ground plane for shielded and bonded applications when used with corresponding modular jacks in copper configurations.

Bittree’s high-density keystone panels support a multitude of connectivity options including ST, LC and SC fiber, plus RJ45 CAT6 and CAT6A punchdown or feed-through, shielded or unshielded adapters. The panels are available in multiple pre-configured models, or can be fully customized with any combination of connectors. Custom configurations can even accommodate both fiber and copper connections in a single panel, ideal for maximizing space efficiency in small-scale deployments.

Fiber-equipped panel configurations support both multi-mode and single-mode fiber applications, and are fully compliant with ANSI/TIA-568-C and UL1863 communications standards. Zirconia (ceramic) alignment sleeves enable compatibility with angle polished cables. LC fiber modules are available in a choice of blue or green, supporting the telecommunications industry’s convention of color-coding connectors to indicate the type of polished fiber behind them.

Four copper connectivity options incorporate nickel-plated phosphor bronze contacts with gold over-plate, and exceed ANSI/TIA-568-C.2 requirements. RJ45-to-RJ45 feed-through and RJ45-to-110 IDC Punchdown interface modules are available in shielded or non-shielded variants.  Shielding provides additional protection from EMI, RFI, and alien crosstalk, which can be problematic in high-density usage situations where many copper lines are in immediate proximity to each other.

Shielded CAT6A punchdown modules are designed to suppress internal magnetic coupling up to a bandwidth of 500MHz and feature a 180-degree jack design that enables tool-less termination within 90 seconds. They incorporate die-cast, nickel-plated, zinc clamshell housings for transferring the shields to the backplane, while the shielded CAT6 feed-through modules use stainless-steel shells with spring clips that mate against RJ45 plugs. Using the modules’ shielding in conjunction with the panels’ advanced design minimizes EMI ingress and outgress while simultaneously increasing channel bandwidth capacity, allowing these products to meet the demanding grounding and bonding requirements of military applications.

Like Bittree’s renowned audio and video products, the high-density data panels leverage the company’s 39 years of proven engineering expertise, and are designed, manufactured, and tested to rigid quality standards in Bittree’s state-of-the-art California plant. To help maximize networking integrity, Bittree can also supply corresponding, high-quality connecting patch cables and termination tooling.

The high-density, flush-mount keystone modular panels are available immediately through the Bittree website and the company’s extensive network of authorized resellers and systems integrators. For more information, please visit www.bittree.com.

About Bittree:
Established in 1978, Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patchbays and patch panels that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability, especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, assembled, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, California. Bittree is an active member of industry trade organizations NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), and SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers). For more information, please visit www.bittree.com. 

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February 15, 2017

Posted in 12G+, 4K, 8K, Patchbay, Press Release


Bittree Launches High-Performance 12G+ Single-Link Patching Systems for 4K and 8K Applications

New solutions bring company’s renowned quality and dependability to broadcast and professional A/V infrastructures beyond HD while simplifying connectivity

Glendale, CA – February 15, 2017 – Bittree, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patchbays and patch panels, is extending its hallmarks of design excellence and trusted reliability to next-generation video infrastructures with the introduction of its new 12G+ BNC Coaxial Bulkhead Patch Panel series and 12G+ Mini-WECO (Midsize) Coaxial Patchbay family. 

12G Patchbay, 4K patchbay, 8k patchbay

Delivering high-bandwidth performance for SD-SDI, HD-SDI, UHD-SDI, HDR, 4K and 8K single-link video applications, the new 12G+ offerings will be showcased alongside other Bittree innovations in booth SU6221 at the upcoming 2017 NAB Show (April 24-27, Las Vegas).

While industry adoption of 4K workflows continues to accelerate, the most common mechanism for transporting 4K content in production and distribution environments has been quad-link connectivity, comprising four coaxial cables for each 4K feed. The exceptional performance and precision of Bittree’s 12G+ patching systems enables reliable handling of 4K over a single 12Gb/s link, dramatically simplifying cabling for studio, master control and mobile production deployments while quadrupling the number of 4K channels that can be routed through each unit.

Compliant with SMPTE 292M, 424M, ST2081-1 and ST2082-1 technical standards, Bittree’s 12G+ patch panels and patchbays offer 75-ohm impedance with low return loss and support data rates up to 48Gb/s. 

“The higher bit rates and frequencies needed for transporting 4K and greater signals on a single link require customers to very carefully select their cables, connectors and connectivity equipment,” said Bryan Carpenter, senior sales consultant at Bittree. “Our 12G+ products are precision-engineered to exceed SMPTE specifications, with their performance – ringing out at 20GHz on our BNC patch panels and 24GHz on our mini-WECO patchbays – thus providing a tremendous amount of clean headroom not only for 4K, but also 8K, HDR and higher-bit rate applications moving forward. We are setting our clients up for the future.”

The 12G+ BNC patch panels feature strong, lightweight, folded-aluminum construction populated with gold-plated BNCs, and are available in a 1RU form factor with 1x16, 1x24 or high-density 1x32 jack configurations, or in 2x16 and 2x24 configurations in 2RU of rack space. Circuit numbers are silk-screened on the front and back of the units, with optional designation strips available as an alternative for the front. 

The new 12G+ mini-WECO patchbays are offered in 1x32, 2x32 and 3x32 configurations in a flexible array of rackmount form factors. Stylized, machined aluminum front panels enable easy identification, with distinctive green color-coding on the panels, patch cords and looping plugs conveying their 12Gb/s rating at a glance.

Like all Bittree products, the new 12G+ products are designed, built, and tested in the company’s state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, California, and backed by expert customer service from dedicated sales engineers.

“The world’s leading broadcasters, post production facilities, entertainment venues and A/V integrators have counted on Bittree for 39 years to deliver superior product quality, performance, and precise adherence to exacting standards,” said Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. “With the launch of our 12G+ series of patch panels and patchbays, we’re excited to offer such customers the same rich benefits as they move beyond HD into 4K Ultra HD and even higher resolutions. 

The new 12G+ products are available immediately through the Bittree website and the company’s extensive network of authorized resellers and systems integrators. For more information, please visit 12G+ Single-Link Patching Systems.

November 14, 2016

Posted in Press Release


PRO A/V AND BROADCAST LEADER BITTREE PROMOTES LONG-TIME INDUSTRY VETERAN BRYAN CARPENTER TO SENIOR SALES CONSULTANT

Glendale, CA – November 14, 2016 – Bittree, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patchbays and patch panels, has promoted long-time industry veteran and 20-year employee Bryan Carpenter to Senior Sales Consultant, it was announced today by Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. Previously, Carpenter as held posts at Bittree including Purchasing Agent, Sales Consultant, and also co-invented Bittree’s iconic Front Programmable patchbay, a technology that allows users to change the normals and grounding of individual circuits quickly and easily from the front of the patchbay. With over two decades of experience in the pro audio, broadcast, and the MI community, Carpenter’s responsibilities include providing direct sales and support into networks, system integrators, channels, resellers, post production, production and entertainment companies with domestic and international clientele. Carpenter is currently based in Bittree’s U.S. headquarters in Glendale, CA and can be reached at bryan@bittree.com and 800-500-8142.

“For 20 years Bryan has been a true asset to our team as a results driven consultative sales leader in many of our fields, from technical broadcast and entertainment to government and educational industries,” says Garrard. “We look forward to seeing him expand his role utilizing his vast cumulative experienced background of education, production, and technical systems solution consulting.”

In addition to being granted the inventor of patent number 6,535,367; Carpenter has been instrumental in many of the company’s milestones including a national purchasing agreement with FOX, Disney build out specifications, proprietary products manufactured for the US Military and AT&T, audio and video specifications for Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Apple, Verizon and Netflix. He has provided audio and video solutions for Technicolor and worldwide specifications for both the Marriott hotel and Sands gaming, as well as Cirque Du Soleil.


About Bittree:
Established in 1978, Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patchbays and patch panels that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability, especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, assembled, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, California. Bittree is an active member of industry trade organizations NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), and SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers). For more information, please visit www.bittree.com.

Bittree Patchbays and Patch Panels - Bryan Carpenter
October 25, 2016

Posted in Press Release


PRO A/V AND BROADCAST LEADER BITTREE LAUNCHES NEWLY REDESIGNED WEBSITE

NEW WEB PORTAL SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVES USER EXPERIENCE WITH ENHANCED TECHNICAL DATA AND REAL-TIME PRICE QUOTING

Glendale, CA – October 25, 2016 – Bittree, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patchbays and patching systems, announced today they have launched a newly redesigned website. The new web portal, Bittree.com, improves upon their already responsive and user-friendly experience with enhanced technical data on all their products and real-time price quoting. Customers can now visit Bittree.com to view the large number of available products ready for immediate shipping.

“The primary goal of our new website is to replicate the outstanding customer service experience our partners receive when communicating one-on-one with our sales representatives,” says Ari Baron, General Manager of Bittree. “We also wanted to create a unified multi-channel user interface that could benefit our growing international presence as well as serve as a one-stop-shop for any technical data our integrators and installers might need.”

New benefits of the updated website include a real-time price quoting tool that provides international partners with precise and up-to-the-minute shipping quotes, a dynamic interface that changes to reflect user input, and a simplified ordering process.  These features allow international purchasers in different time zones to bid more accurately without having to speak directly with a customer service representative.

Bittree.com also features enhanced search and download functions for obtaining technical product documentation like DWG’s, designation strip templates, circuit schematics, programming and cleaning instructions, technical and pinout drawings, and warranty information. 

Additionally, custom orders can be initiated directly through the website, and legacy products are still supported.

Bittree’s international programs are designed to give their global partners the tools, support, and incentives to grow their businesses and become more profitable through the sale and service of Bittree High-Performance Patching Systems.

About Bittree:
Established in 1978, Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability, especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, assembled, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, California. Bittree is an active member of industry trade organizations NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), and SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers).
October 25, 2016

Posted in Tradeshows


CAPER Trade-show 2016 - October 26 - October 28 Booth #C31 and C42

Please visit Bittree Patchbays at the 2016 CAPER trade-show in the OM Solutions booth

C31 and C42

Caper 2016 - Bittree Patchbays

The International Exhibition of Equipment and Services for Professional Audiovisual Industry: Broadcast, Cable, Cinema, TV, Lighting and Audio CAPER 2016 which will take place from Wednesday 26 to Friday 28 October at Centro Costa Salguero, will feature major brands international and domestic market and interesting Seminars and Workshops and Master Classes free, are offered by renowned professionals.

CAPER Show is an internationally recognized event that annually brings together more than 5,000 professionals of the audiovisual industry in Argentina and other South American countries such as Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, among others because it technologies and future trends are presented.

More than 400 leading international brands Audiovisual Industry will be presented at CAPER 2016 offering visitors the unique experience to see and test equipment in operation. In parallel, a program of lectures, seminars, debates and workshops tables Workshops by the most qualified and recognized national and international speakers who share their experiences and provide cutting edge solutions is performed.

 

For more information please visit:  CAPER

October 18, 2016

Posted in Press Release


Pro A/V and Broadcast Leader Bittree Taps Industry Veteran Ari Baron as New General Manager

Glendale, CA – October 18, 2016 – Bittree, a leading manufacturer of high-quality audio and video patching systems, has appointed long-time industry veteran Ari Baron as General Manager (GM), it was announced today by Glenn Garrard, CEO of Bittree. With over two decades of experience in the pro audio, broadcast, and MI community, Baron will be responsible for day-to-day operations at Bittree including future planning and growth, overseeing efficient manufacturing practices, introducing new products, and developing marketing and sales strategies, effective immediately. Baron is currently based in Bittree’s U.S. headquarters in Glendale, CA and will report directly to Garrard. He can be reached at ari@bittree.com and (818) 500-8142.

“Ari will be providing important leadership for the formative transformation of our company, throughout our immeasurable growth and expansion,” says Garrard. “ His sales and marketing acumen, combined with his lean manufacturing experience and great product knowledge, Ari truly understands the value of creating enthusiasm for the brand and product line throughout our network. I am confident that he will play a vital role in our company and our culture.”
 
Prior to his hire, Baron served as Eastman Music Company’s vice president of Marketing where he managed all Marketing, Content, Artist Relations and Creative Operations for Eastman’s global network of brands including Eastman Guitars & Mandolins, Eastman Strings, Andreas Eastman, Wm. S. Haynes Co. Flutes, S.E. Shires & Schertler Electronics. Baron also spent years with UCLA as their Creative Brand Manager under the Licensing and Trademarks apparel division. He has launched accessory lines for West Coast Choppers, Von Dutch and Ed Hardy as well as served as the Marketing Manager for STA Travel where he managed the annual marketing plans for over 60 retail outlets.

Baron is a voting member of the Grammys, a writer and publisher of ASCAP, a NAMM member, owner of a Hollywood recording studio, and holds a certification in Lean Six Sigma manufacturing and process improvement. He studied marketing at Bentley University in Waltham, MA and Recording/Engineering at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA.

About Bittree:
Established in 1978, Bittree is dedicated to offering state-of-the-art patching systems that streamline signal routing and troubleshooting in media and entertainment operations of all sizes. The company offers an innovative line of audio, video, and data patchbays for use in broadcasting, postproduction, and pro A/V operations. Tailored for use in the post-production, pro A/V, systems integration, and radio and television broadcasting fields, Bittree’s patching solutions are rigorously tested to ensure long-term functionality and dependability especially for mission-critical operations and live events. To ensure consistency, performance, and adherence to rigid quality standards, all of the company’s patching products are designed, assembled, and tested in its state-of-the-art facility in Glendale, California. Bittree is an active member of industry trade organizations NAB (National Association of Broadcasters), NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants), and SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers). For more information, please visit www.bittree.com.
April 25, 2016

Posted in Press Release


Bittree celebrates 15 years of the 969 Audio Patchbay with a limited edition model at the 2016 NAB Trade show

GLENDALE, CA (NAB, Booth SU9221) – April 18, 2016 – Bittree high-performance patching systems will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of their iconic 969A Series front programmable TT (Bantam) Audio Patchbay. To launch their 2016 celebration, Bittree will unveil a distinctive limited edition model during the 2016 NAB trade show in Las Vegas, NV: the Audio TT (Bantam) Front Programmable, 969-A Series, 2x48, 2 RU 15 Year Anniversary Limited Edition.

This special edition will be limited to 150 patchbays, a number that represents the 15-year anniversary of the approved patent US 6,535,367 B1 for this invention.  Designed, built, and tested in Glendale, California, this model features a custom front panel design with a high gloss metallic polyurethane paint combined with a metallic silk screen. 1-48 left-to-right numbering on front panel for easy circuit identification with a special green silkscreened “15” to honor this milestone.  

“For 15 years, our 969 series patchbays have been have been serving as the foundation for many studios around the globe and we are proud that they are still in service”, said Bryan Carpenter, Senior Sales Consultant at Bittree. “We wanted to create something special and unique to commemorate this milestone.”

Offering a high-density 2x48 jack configuration, the Bittree 969-A Anniversary Edition patchbays are fully programmable to allow users to change the normals and grounding of individual circuits quickly and easily. Normals can be changed to full-normal, half-normal, or non-normal, and grounding can be changed to bussed, isolated, or looped. The 48 circuits on the front panel are conveniently numbered from left to right, with rear-interface options including E3, E90, ID (punchdown), and D25. Mating connectors and contacts are included with E3 and E90 rear interfaces.

Details on the product to be featured are below and complete product specs can be found at:

https://www.bittree.com/collections/tt-bantam-front-programmable-969-a-series/products/limited-edition-audio-tt-bantam-front-programmable-969-a-series-2x48-2ru-e3

 

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