WEGENERÂ® Patented Method Reduces Product Costs and Extends Life
(February 19, 2009) – Duluth, Georgia â€“ Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), a leading provider of equipment for television, audio, and data distribution networks worldwide, today announced that WEGENER has been granted a U.S. patent for an innovative method that enables â€œRotational Use of Memory to Minimize Erase and Rewrite Cycles on Flash Memory Devices.â€?
This U.S. patent, awarded on January 20, 2009 as Patent No. 7,480,760, has already been implemented in several WEGENERÂ® products, including the DTV 720 and DTV 742 Digital TV Processors. Video headends use these DTV products to receive and repackage off-air 8VSB, local HD, and ASI signals into IP Multicasts, and the Flash memory retains the channel assignments and programming identification data that operators enter.
To gain efficiencies in size and cost, these products have a scaled down â€˜small footprintâ€™ operating system embedded in them, rather than a full version. With this architecture, such small operating systems tend to prematurely â€˜wear outâ€™ non-volatile memory components (such as Flash) by reading and writing to the same location repetitively whenever a critical parameter is changed. WEGENERâ€™s invention overcomes this drawback by performing â€˜load levelingâ€™ of the Flash memory. Load leveling minimizes the number of times data is erased or rewritten within a certain block of Flash memory by automatically redistributing this activity across the entire Flash memory.
â€œSince Flash memory has a limited number of times it can be erased or rewritten, our patented process for load leveling, greatly extends the productâ€™s useful life,â€? said Ned L. Mountain, president and chief operating officer of WEGENER. â€œWithout this method, products might reach end-of-life prematurely due to excessive erase/write activity on Flash memory. By making more efficient use of Flash memory, our process benefits customers with a lower product cost by using less overall memory while extending the productâ€™s useful life.â€?
WEGENERÂ® (Wegener Communications, Inc.), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wegener Corporation (Nasdaq: WGNR), is an international provider of digital video and audio solutions for broadcast television, radio, telco, private and cable networks. With over 30 years experience in optimizing point-to-multipoint multimedia distribution over satellite, fiber, and IP networks, WEGENER offers a comprehensive product line that handles the scheduling, management and delivery of media rich content to multiple devices, including video screens, computers and audio devices. WEGENER focuses on long- and short-term strategies for bandwidth savings, dynamic advertising, live events and affiliate management.
WEGENERâ€™s product line includes: iPumpÂ® media servers for file-based and live broadcasts; COMPELÂ® Network Control and COMPELÂ® Conditional Access for dynamic command, monitoring and addressing of multi-site video, audio, and data networks; and the UnityÂ® satellite media receivers for live radio and video broadcasts. Applications served include: digital signage, linear and file-based TV distribution, linear and file-based radio distribution, Nielsen rating information, broadcast news distribution, business music distribution, corporate communications, video and audio simulcasts.
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