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Inovonics Celebrates 40 Years
Las Vegas - Apr 15, 2012 - In May 1972, Inovonics was founded in Campbell, CA. At that time, research and development began on the company's first products: 355 Replacement Tape Electronics, 200 Limiter and 360 Tape Electronics.
Inovonics President Jim Wood commented on the milestone, "Inovonics began with a single product idea: a replacement tape recorder electronics for tired, old vacuum-tube machines. Inovonics has kept attuned to the wants and needs of broadcasters, evolving into an innovator and leader in the broadcast equipment field. We are proud of our 40 years under the same ownership and management, and proud to be associated with an industry dedicated to serving '...in the public interest, convenience and necessity.'"
Woods' last statement is from the Radio Act of 1927, which is still included in applicable laws and, in his opinion, the soul and spirit of radio and television broadcasting.
Here's a highlight of some Inovonics achievements.
|1972||Inovonics founded in Campbell, CA; R&D begins.|
|1973||First products released: 355 replacement tape electronics, 200 limiter, 360 tape electronics|
|1974||Patented: frequency-selective limiting means.|
OEM Development: Zi-Tech TB-100 precision DC voltage standard. 201 average/peak limiter, 210 frequency-selective Limiter, 220 ALO broadcast processor
|1975||375 tape electronics, 405 and 420 constant-tape-tension servos (under license from Studer)|
|1976||Headquarters moved to a new, larger building in Campbell, CA.|
OEM Development: Ampex Corp. TS-40 tension servo, 240 and 241 DYNEX adaptive noise suppressor, 376 magnetic reproduce electronics
|1978||221 ALO-II broadcast processor, 230 MAP multiband audio processor|
|1979||215 modular broadcast processor, 231 'MAP-II' multiband audio processor, 500 RTA real-time acoustic analyzer|
|1981||370 and 380 replacement tape electronics|
|1982||OEM Development: Westrex RA1125 mag-film insert recording electronics, 250 programmable multiband broadcast processor (pioneering the use of quasi-digital PWM technology in audio processing)|
|1984||387 magnetic reproduce electronics (used extensively in Omnimax theaters)|
|1985||Headquarters moved to Santa Cruz, CA.|
260 stereo-FM broadcast processor, TVU on-screen audio level display for teleproduction
|1986||710(TV) BTSC TV stereo generator, 310 high-speed audio tape duplicator electronics|
|1987||222 NRSC compliance processor (satisfied the FCC mandate for AM broadcasting), 255 triband-PWM stereo-FM broadcast processor|
|1988||Patented: filter overshoot control means. 705 FM stereo generator|
|1990||390 and 397 mag-film recording and playback electronics (the company's final analog magnetic recording products)|
|1991||706 FM stereo generator|
|1992||715 DAVID FM processor/stereo-generator, 550 The Sentinel diagnostic broadcast receiver|
|1995||530 FM modulation monitor, 708 FM stereo generator, 510 RDS/RBDS decoder/reader, 716 DAVID-II FM processor/stereo-generator|
|1996||710 RDS/RBDS encoder|
|1997||540 FM subcarrier monitor,701 RDS/RBDS mini-encoder, 630 FM rebroadcast receiver, PBX telephone switch (line multiplier)|
|1999||520 AM modulation monitor|
|2000||Webcaster streaming audio processor|
|2001||711 RDS/RDBS encoder|
|2002||Omega_FM all-digital multiband processor for FM and IBOC digital radio (its first digital audio processing product)|
|2003||Patented: polarity-independent limiting, 531 FM modulation monitor|
|2004||712 RDS/RBDS encoder, 718 DAVID-III FM processor/stereo-generator|
|2005||631 FM rebroadcast receiver,702 RDS/RBDS encoder|
|2006||264 quad audio leveler, 713 RDS/RBDS encoder|
|2008||261 digital utility audio processor, 525 AM modulation monitor, 720 RDS/RBDS encoder|
|2009||Headquarters moved to its own purchased building in Felton, CA.|
|703||RDS/RBDS Mini encoder|
|2010||730 RDS/RBDS encoder|
|2011||719 DAVID-IV digital FM/FM-HD broadcast processor/stereo-generator|
|2012||632 FM/FM-HD confidence monitor receiver|
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