Harris Corporation to Display NeuStar Product Line at NAB2006
NeuStar™ 4.0 hardware and software platforms, sold exclusively by Harris Corporation, to be demonstrated with Harris end-to-end transmission systems
LAS VEGAS, NAB 2006, April 24, 2006 — Harris Corporation’s (NYSE: HRS) Broadcast Communications Division comes to NAB2006 with a display of its NeuStar™ product line. Powered by Neural Audio Corporation, NeuStar products significantly improve the quality and efficiency of digital audio through codec pre-conditioning techniques and embedded surround sound technology (watermarking). Harris, the exclusive reseller of NeuStar audio products for radio and television, will highlight several new and established NeuStar platforms at its Central Hall location (Booth #C807) as part of its HD Radio™ demonstrations featuring Harris transmitters and the FLEXSTAR™ family of HD Radio products.
“NeuStar™ is an invaluable and integral part of Harris’ end-to-end transmission platform for HD Radio multicasting, especially as more radio broadcasters migrate to the Generation 3 Exgine architecture,” said Debra Huttenburg, vice president and general manager of the Harris Radio Broadcast Systems business unit. “Many of our customers have commented that NeuStar™ is essential for providing the audio clarity they require for supplementary channels in the multicasting stream. The introduction of these latest innovative NeuStar products, and their interoperability with Harris products, is a testament to our collective commitment to bring our customers the very latest, value-added solutions.”
NAB2006 will see the introduction of new Harris NeuStar 4.0 hardware, and for the first time, a software-based version of codec pre-conditioning called NeuStar SW4.0. On the hardware side, Harris will display its next-generation NeuStar 4.0 codec pre-conditioning audio system. Built from the ground up to meet the audio quality challenges of HD Radio multicasting, NeuStar™ 4.0 features more digital signal processing, a user-friendly front panel, and TCP/IP web control. The NeuStar 4.0 audio system is equally useful for Internet, ISDN/POTS, satellite, DRM, DAB, and compressed STL audio codec pre-conditioning, and it is fully field-upgradeable for future requirements.
Broadcasters looking for a software-based audio processing solution at a value price point will be able to see a working demonstration of the new Harris NeuStar SW4.0™. The new software features all the robust feature sets and processing algorithms of the NeuStar 4.0 hardware and Harris UltraLink hardware. This allows broadcasters to monitor and process multiple digital radio channels or Internet streams in the same “box” at a much lower cost per channel than stand-alone processing. The NeuStar SW4.0™ has been designed to run on any Windows® XP computer or server, including the Harris’ FLEXSTAR HDI-100 Importer, for which it is available as an embedded, pre-installed option.
In addition to the Harris demonstrations, Neural Audio will demonstrate codec performance on four multicast channel streams at bit-rates down to 16 kbps.
“The NeuStar product line is the only solution on the market today built from the ground up for codec pre-conditioning,” said Robert Reams, chief technology officer and co-founder of Neural Audio. “The importance of codec processing has grown as data rates continue to drop with the implementation of multiple audio channels within the HD Radio signal. NeuStar™ 4.0, in both its hardware and software versions, guarantees the highest quality audio by suppressing spectrum and image conditions that drive up coding load — even at the lowest available bit-rates.”
The following Harris NeuStar products will also be on display at the Harris Central Hall booth:
MultiMerge™ for DTV, an intelligent upmixing technology that combines stereo and 5.1 content into a seamless, uninterrupted 5.1 surround sound experience.
The Neural Surround DownMix and UpMix Appliances for television and radio. Content produced with this system enable the broadcaster to mix, edit, store and broadcast 5.1 content from a stereo infrastructure. The Neural DownMix and UpMix will be part of the Harris BMXdigital™ on-air console demonstration in the Harris Broadcast booth.
About Neural Audio
Neural Audio Corporation, headquartered in Kirkland, Washington, leads the market in the development of advanced audio and surround sound technology. Highly regarded by radio and television networks worldwide, Neural Audio provides a seamless solution to stereo-to-surround compatibility issues. Neural Audio’s innovative technology, Neural Surround™, gives consumers access to surround sound, as well. In partnership with the world’s leading home entertainment and auto electronics brands, Neural Audio’s technology allows listeners to easily experience the impact of surround performances without all the complications. A privately owned company, Neural Audio Corporation specializes in mix/edit broadcast tools, audio codec optimization and Neural Surround™. For more information, please visit www.neuralaudio.com.
About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. With headquarters in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual sales of over $3 billion and more than 13,000 employees — including 5,500 engineers and scientists — dedicated to the development of best-in-class assured communications™ products, systems, and services. The company’s operating divisions serve markets for government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and microwave communications. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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