Harris Corporation Captures Five Industry Awards for Radio Innovation at NAB2006, Most Awards of Any Provider
FlexStar™ HDX Exciter Wins Two; NetWave™ Console, NeuStar™ and MasterLink-IP™ Each Win One
CINCINNATI, May 9, 2006 — Harris Corporation’s (NYSE: HRS) Broadcast Communications Division Radio Business Unit won five prestigious awards from the industry’s top publications for technical achievement in radio during the NAB2006 convention. Harris took home more awards for top radio products than any other provider.
Harris’ new FlexStar™ HDX-FM/HD Radio™ exciter was honored twice, with a “Cool Stuff” Award from Radio World magazine and a “Pick Hit” award from Radio magazine. The Harris PR&E NetWave™ on-air console, NeuStar™ 4.0 codec preconditioner powered by Neural Audio, and MasterLink-IP™ IP-based audio transport platform were each awarded “Cool Stuff” awards from Radio World.
“Harris Radio Broadcast Systems is honored that two of the industry’s most important domestic publications have recognized us with the industry’s most prestigious awards,” said Debra Huttenburg, vice president and general manager of Harris Broadcast Communications Division’s Radio Broadcast Systems business unit. “This was the crowning achievement on a very exciting NAB for Harris Radio. We continue to enjoy numerous large-scale wins and highly successful relationships with our customers, thanks in large part to our commitment to digital radio. Harris Radio rolled out 10 exciting new products at NAB. The introductions this year of the FlexStar exciter, NetWave console, MasterLink-IP platform and NeuStar™ 4.0 are clear examples of the kind of innovation that’s made Harris a pioneering force in the radio industry.”
Harris also extends its congratulations to Day Sequerra, which received a Radio “Pick Hit” award for its Market Area Monitor and two “Cool Stuff” awards from Radio World for the HD Radio Monitor M2 and the Market Area Monitor. Harris is the exclusive U.S. re-seller for Day Sequerra HD Radio Monitors M2 and M4 models, designed to deliver the highest quality monitoring of HD Radio AM and FM signals as well as AM and FM analog broadcasts. The HD Radio Monitor M2 is designed as the benchmark receiver and modulation monitor for all new HD Radio broadcast sources. Its Market Area Monitor is a data collection system that offers radio broadcasters a unique set of resources for local, regional and national HD Radio™ confidence monitoring and competitive analysis.
The FlexStar HDX-FM exciter is part of the FlexStar family of HD Radio products which includes the FlexStar HDI-100 Importer and HDE-100 Exporter for multiplexing and preparing digital and analog audio, data and advanced application services for STL transport to the transmission site. The FlexStar HDX-FM exciter breaks new ground in radio transmission on multiple levels, including the most advanced real-time adaptive correction (RTAC™) technology in radio. RTAC™ is an essential technology for digital broadcast, reducing interference and offering transmission system linearity to send a clear, crisp signal to the end user’s receiver and to provide maximum HD Radio coverage due to reduced bit-error rates. It is the first HD Radio exciter on the market to operate the new “Exgine” iBiquity platform which simplifies STL transport issues and removes PC computers from the transmitter site through its DSP technology. The FlexStar HDX-FM/HD exciter also features several industry firsts and unique attributes in exciter technology, including adaptive non-linear memoryful precorrection for the HD signal providing best power output and mask compliance in the industry, adaptive group delay equalization; secondary auto-switching of AES3 and composite inputs; digital-only outputs for standard 10db high-level or separate antenna combining; and hybrid/straight FM outputs for Harris’ exclusive Split-Level™ Combining method. FlexStar™ HDX is two, independent exciters in one package, the same size as past Harris analog exciters, and fits in Harris transmitters without the use of a separate HD Radio rack. The dual RF outputs can be any combination of FM and Digital modulation for standard 10db high-level or separate antenna combining; and hybrid/straight FM outputs for Harris’ exclusive Split-Level™ Combining method.
NeuStar™ SW4.0 is the new software-based version of the codec pre-conditioning audio system, NeuStar™ 4.0. NeuStar pre-conditioners enhance codec performance and offer noticeably improved audio quality for digital radio, particularly in lower bit-rate environments such as supplemental audio channels. SW4.0 features all the robust feature sets and processing algorithms of the NeuStar 4.0 pre-conditioning hardware and Harris UltraLink hardware, allowing 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.
MasterLink-IP™ is an inexpensive alternative to costlier methods of point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications for professional radio broadcasting. The system offers enormous flexibility for program monitoring and sharing across multiple stations through simple Internet connections. It can also be used as an inexpensive remote pick up system (RPU) for simple remote broadcasts, and as a back-up to fixed studio-to-transmitter links (STL), among various other functions — all for as little as just under $1,000. Colorado Public Radio, a Harris technology customer, can accept streams from a station groups’ origination point and forward them to individual stations within the group. Harris and Colorado Public Radio engineers can train broadcasters who wish to house and maintain similar databases at their headquarters. Barix, a pioneer in IP-based audio, is assisting Harris in the customization of a feature set for the MasterLink-IP platform that appeals directly to radio broadcasters. Barix also won a “Pick Hit” from Radio magazine for its Instreamer, Exstreamer and Exstreamer Gold products.
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.
HD Radio™ is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation
- Contact Information
- Mary Beth Harnett
- Harris Broadcast Communications Division
- Harris Corporation
- Contact via E-mail
This news content was configured by WebWire editorial staff. Linking is permitted.
News Release Distribution and Press Release Distribution Services Provided by WebWire.