Harris Corporation Strengthens End-to-End Reputation at NAB Radio with New and Evolving Solutions for the Complete Professional Radio Facility
Technology pioneer brings transmission, studio and STL connectivity gear together to create its most powerful, complete platforms for digital and analog radio to date
CINCINNATI, September 6, 2005 – Building on its solid legacy as a radio technology pioneer, Harris Corporation’s (NYSE: HRS) Broadcast Communications Division (BCD) will come to NAB Radio 2005 with new products and evolving strategies for radio broadcasters seeking intelligent solutions for their analog and digital systems. From the studio to the transmitter, including all connectivity in between, Harris’ depth of products and experience building complete systems for radio continues to progress. Harris’ NAB Radio display will showcase its latest developments in transmission, studio and STL gear that are built on multiple generations of reliable and technically innovative platforms for end-to-end radio systems.
Harris continues to offer unrivaled complete systems for HD Radio™, further supported by recent industry data that reports Harris remains the most popular industry choice for HD Radio transmitters. At NAB Radio, Harris will formally introduce the FLEXSTAR™ HDX-FM exciter, the third component in the growing FLEXSTAR™ family of HD Radio products. The FLEXSTAR HDX-FM exciter breaks new ground by offering the most advanced real-time adaptive correction technology in radio. Real-time adaptive correction is an essential technology for digital broadcast, offering noise reduction and transmitter/antenna linearity to provide a clear, crisp signal to the end user’s receiver. Harris’ expertise with this advanced correction technology far exceeds the competition, with six years of implementation experience in digital television systems. Harris will show the new exciter with its FLEXSTAR™ HDI-100 importer, HDE-100 exporter, and Mini-HD™ Series transmitter as part of a continuous HD Radio multicasting demonstration.
While Harris continues to push HD Radio forward with powerful transmission advances, it also continues to innovate for analog broadcasting. Harris transmission, connectivity and studio platforms offer clear upgrade paths from analog to digital that allow broadcasters to protect their investments and incrementally transition to digital on their own timeframes. Two excellent examples of this customer-friendly strategy are the company’s new Intraplex® NetXpress™, which offers a managed audio over IP platform for studio-to-transmitter connectivity and is equally at home in analog and digital environments; and the Harris PR&E VistaMax™ networked audio platform, which allows radio stations of all sizes to gradually build a networked console system for sharing on-air and production resources amongst multiple studios.
“While HD Radio has arrived and is clearly the future of the industry, it’s important to remember that the large majority of listeners are still receiving analog radio,” said Debra Huttenburg, vice president and general manager of Harris BCD’s Radio Broadcast Systems business unit. “Harris’ focus will continue to be on the delivery of best-in-class HD Radio solutions for customers ranging from the nation’s largest station groups, to the smallest independent operations, while at the same time continuing to deliver improved performance for analog signals. We’ve made certain that our latest products for digital radio can work in the analog domain so our broadcast customers and their listeners can appreciate the difference in quality immediately.”
In addition to Harris’ FLEXSTAR family of HD Radio products and multicasting demonstration, visitors to the Harris booth can see the following new and established systems:
* The new Intraplex® NetXpress™ builds on 15 years of Harris leadership in STL connectivity from the Intraplex® brand, with a managed networking platform that can transport multiple services over a single bandwidth-efficient IP connection. Previous Intraplex® users can gradually transition to NetXpress™ and protect their investments by repurposing existing Intraplex T1 family channel modules.
* A vast range of Harris PR&E VistaMax networked products, including the RMXdigital™ on-air radio console. The VistaMax and RMXdigital combination makes efficient studio networking affordable for virtually all radio broadcasters.
* The StereoMixer® digital console, delivering digital capabilities to smaller market stations and production studios on an analog budget.
* A display of Harris’ exclusive NeuStar™ product line, which enables FM broadcasters to offer 5.1 surround sound over the HD Radio FM channel and significantly improves the quality and efficiency of both the AM and FM HD Radio signals. The NeuStar codec pre-conditioner can be seen as part of the continuous multicasting demonstration in the booth.
* Visitors can also see the Harris NeuStar™ 5225 Mix-Edit Transcoder for 5.1 at the Neural Audio demonstration within the Harris booth. Leading national broadcaster Radio-One will use the NeuStar 5225 system to broadcast two of its local Philadelphia FM stations in 5.1 at the show.
* The new QuickLine II furniture range, offering a similar look and feel of Harris’ popular Smoothline® furniture range but evolving to provide standard “quick-shift” configurations that allow smaller stations with limited budgets to take advantage of Harris’ most popular furniture designs.
* Day Sequerra HD Radio Monitors, designed to deliver the highest quality monitoring of HD Radio AM and FM signals as well as AM and FM analog broadcasts. Harris is the exclusive re-seller for Day Sequerra’s M2 and M4 models, both of which will demodulate HD Radio signals as part of Harris’ continuous multicasting demonstration at the booth.
About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris Broadcast Communications Division is one of four divisions within Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company focused on providing assured communications™ products, systems and services for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. One of the world’s leading suppliers of broadcast technology, Harris Broadcast Communications Division offers a full range of solutions that support the digital delivery, automation and management of audio, video and data. For more information, visit www.broadcast.harris.com.
HD Radio™ is a trademark of iBiquity Digital Corporation
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