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Nautel Names Schmid as CTO

Familiar face will have expanded role in many RF fields

Philipp Schmid, NautelA familiar face at many an NAB engineering session, Nautel’s Philipp Schmid will be taking on a new, expanded role at the transmitter maker.

As chief technology officer he’ll “lead research teams in the development of new technologies for broadcast, navigation, sonar and high-power RF applications,” an announcement says. In addition, “Schmid will remain active in select engineering projects and will also continue his industry role as a passionate voice for the advancement of digital transmission technologies.”

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Nautel CEO Kevin Rodgers said, “Philipp has been instrumental in the development of Nautel’s industry-leading HD and DRM+ technologies. … This new role both recognizes his contribution to Nautel and positions Nautel and Philipp to continue to lead the industry in digital radio technologies as they are adopted globally.”

He was recognized in 2017 by the National Association of Broadcasters for Best Paper” at the BEITC (Broadcast Engineering and Information Technology Conference). The award-winning presentation covered research on single-frequency networks for HD Radio.

Schmid has also garnered multiple industry awards for Nautel in digital broadcast technologies over the past 10 years. The announcement says that he was the first to investigate peak to average power reduction for hybrid HD Radio transmission which led to Nautel’s patented HD PowerBoost technology.  Some recent projects have included research and testing of all-digital AM (DRM & HD Radio); extended HD Radio FM service modes; Nautel HD Multiplex, with up to 15 HD channels on one transmitter; and the development of IP STL technologies for HD Radio.

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