Harris Corporation Will Demonstrate Integrated Technology Solutions to Address Broadcasters’ Key Challenges at IBC2008
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands/WINNERSH, England, August 8, 2008 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will show the latest developments in the Harris ONE™ approach at the 2008 International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) taking place September 12-16 in Amsterdam. (Stand 7.G20, RAI Centre). At IBC2008, Harris will address the industry’s most pressing challenges — including file-based workflows, 3 Gb/s infrastructure and multiplatform delivery — by demonstrating integrated technology solutions that enable broadcasters to move content and information seamlessly among products, systems and facilities. This creates efficiencies that allow broadcasters to stay competitive.
Streamlined, file-based workflows have become essential to broadcasters looking to efficiently manage resources, assets and revenues and stay competitive. Harris is the one company capable of integrating core services and business operations into a unified system of interoperable broadcast and media applications — providing software-based infrastructure that facilitates rich media delivery across multiple networks, channels, formats and devices.
IBC2008 marks the European debut of the new ADC-1000™ and D-Series DSX™ automation systems — next-generation products that feature tools for advanced digital file sharing and multiplatform support. Using standards such as BXF, both ADC-1000™ and D-Series DSX™ enable broadcasters to streamline workflows and increase profitability through integration with Comperio™ and Invenio® digital asset management systems, Enterprise Management and Harris business systems.
Harris also will demonstrate new media and VOD sales tool prototypes for its Landmark™ air-time sales system, enabling the system to handle multimode, nonlinear ad sales, as well as nonlinear inventory with Vision scheduling.
Sneak Preview: Visitors to the Harris stand will also see a new version of the Broadcast Master™ scheduling and sales suite, offering major advances that enable its Sales Master™ application to better support sales bookings for growing television markets. More detail to follow.
Harris will introduce NEXIO AMP™ 2.0, the powerful new version of the award-winning advanced media platform, which pairs a high-performance, HD/SD server architecture with best-in-class content protection. NEXIO AMP™ 2.0 features the industry-leading ability to support four high-definition video channels, including two HD ingest channels; and host integrated, software-enabled media applications, which allows customers to reduce hardware expenditures and improve overall workflow efficiency. The first media applications to be introduced — and demonstrated at IBC — will focus on automation, channel branding, audio track manipulation and multiviewer I/O monitoring.
A number of file-based workflow enhancements for the NEXIO AMP advanced media platform will also be showcased. Enhancements include integrated codec support for the P2®AVC-Intra™ and XDCAM® HD 35/50 formats; native support for compressed Pinnacle Mediastream files; MXF file exchange improvements; and support for GXF file import.
Also introduced will be new options that dramatically improve scalability of the NEXIO™ storage area network (SAN). Shared storage capacity is tripling from 24 TB to 72 TB, and Harris NXIQ near-line storage is growing by 60 percent, from 1 PB to 1.6 PB. In addition, a new Media Host architecture option employs Gigabit Ethernet connectivity to extend the number of clients that can attach to the SAN by an order of magnitude.
Visitors to the Harris stand will see an end-to-end demonstration of the full NewsForce™ HD/SD news workflow, showcasing transparent HD/SD operations from ingest through editing to air. NewsForce™ features a comprehensive range of editors - the Velocity ESX™ on-SAN high-resolution editor, the Velocity XNG™ field editor and the Velocity PRX™ low-resolution proxy editor — all of which offer seamless integration with leading newsroom computer systems to streamline the newsroom workflow. NewsForce™ also features full integration of Apple® Final Cut Pro® onto the NEXIO SAN — including P2® and XDCAM® file support — allowing editing to begin during ingest and the sharing of media and timelines with other NewsForce™ and Final Cut Pro® editors.
Also on display will be a new suite of interoperable NEXIO browse products, allowing broadcasters to implement a complete low-resolution workflow. The family of NEXIO browse systems includes support for in-server, low-resolution proxy generation; the Velocity PRX proxy editor; and InstantOnline III™, an offline render farm for conforming low- and high-resolution EDLs (including Final Cut Pro®) into high-resolution clips, and third-party media files into NEXIO clips.
3 Gb/s Infrastructure
With 1080p the next major step in HDTV, implementing 3 Gb/s technology provides broadcasters with an insurance policy for their future. Harris has made it easy and affordable to migrate to 1080p; since most Harris 3 Gb/s products are software-keyed, customers don’t pay for 1080p support until they need it. From signal processing and routing to multiviewers and video servers, Harris offers the industry’s most comprehensive range of cost-effective 3 Gb/s-ready products.
Highlights in the Harris “3 Gb/s Zone” at IBC2008 include:
* Servers — NEXIO AMP™, the industry’s first video server to offer 1080p support
* Converters — NEO® XHD-3903, the industry’s first HDTV converter available with built-in 3 Gb/s 1080p 50/59.94 processing and conversion capabilities
* Processors — X85™ 1RU all-in-one converter/synchronizer with optional HD frame rate conversion
* Synchronizers — SFS6800+, industry’s first 3 Gb/s audio/video synchronizer
* Test and Measurement — a new 3 Gb/s dual-input module with built-in signal source for the Videotek® TVM/VTM series and AVM-717 self-contained test and measurement solution
* Routers — Platinum MX™, new 5RU version of the industry-proven 3 Gb/s Platinum™ router series, offering high-end options such as an integrated multiviewer and mux/demux
As consumers increasingly demand content on multiple devices in multiple formats — from HD and SD to IPTV, Internet TV and Mobile TV — today’s broadcasters are challenged with readying their content for multiple applications and channeling it through the right pipe, in the right format, at the right time. Whether the requirement is to move content within a facility or across the country, Harris provides broadcasters with the tools to streamline any delivery workflow.
At IBC2008, Harris will once again assert its leadership position in transmitter technology with the worldwide launch of the industry’s most power-dense, solid-state TV transmitter. With digital power levels up to 18.9 kW COFDM and analog levels up to 62.8 kW, the new Harris UHF liquid-cooled transmitter offers the best footprint-to-power ratio in the industry — allowing for simplified installation, easier maintenance and reduced total cost of ownership over the life of the transmitter. The new transmitter incorporates the Harris® Apex M2X™ multimedia exciter, providing multimedia broadcasters with one transmitter platform capable of multiple modulation schemes, including mobile standards. Harris will also launch an air-cooled series transmitter that leverages the liquid-cooled architecture and platform and provides a low-cost UHF transmission solution with power levels from 10 W to 2 kW.
For broadcasters seeking to deliver digital radio and mobile TV programming over the same transmitter to mobile, handheld consumer devices, Harris will introduce the European market to its expanded DMB 670 transmitter line — with power levels from 125 W to 8 kW. The DMB 670 transmitter series offers best-in-class power-density levels and enables support of DMB mobile TV and DAB digital radio programming over the same transmission channel. At IBC, Harris will be demonstrating the air-cooled 4 kW DMB 670-4000 model.
Networking / Media Transport
Harris is leveraging the value and versatility of its industry-leading 6800+™ core processing platform to offer a range of cost-effective, modular solutions that address IP traffic, satellite demodulation and advanced video decoding applications. At IBC2008, Harris will highlight the IPS6800+, a two-channel, bidirectional IP video gateway module that provides a cost-effective alternative to transporting uncompressed SDI video; and the MFD6800+ MPEG-2/H.264 multiformat decoder module, which provides the flexibility of ASI or IP-based MPEG-2 or H.264 SD or HD decoding.
Addressing broadcast transmitter site security, Harris will show a new video surveillance application for its Intraplex® NetXpress™ audio over IP platform. The AVC-1 uses low bit-rate MPEG-4/H.264 video compression and built-in video analytics to send multicast or unicast video, which can be viewed on one or more PCs anywhere on the IP network.
As media companies extend the services they provide to include digital signage, Harris has extended its capabilities to support the content delivery chain for out-of-home displays — addressing the entire workflow from production and scheduling through distribution and presentation. Harris will present an extensive digital signage demonstration featuring its InfoCaster™ product line at the IBC Digital Signage Zone and at its own booth, where it will used to convey the Harris brand and messaging.
Broadcast Graphics and Master Control
Harris will demonstrate a range of advanced graphics and master control solutions that enable today’s broadcast operation to differentiate its on-air look and protect its brand.
Harris is introducing its most advanced broadcast graphics system to the European market — Inscriber® G7™ — which runs the latest G-Scribe™ creation and playout software; delivers 2D and 3D real-time graphics in SD or HD over two channels; streamlines workflows by integrating DVE and Media Store for managing, retrieving and playing out stills, templates, clips and animations; and drives third-party specialized applications without needing a separate playout device.
Also new is Inscriber Network Manager, which centrally publishes media content to various Inscriber graphics systems from any system on a local network, a wide area network, or across the Internet, giving operators complete control over where resources are stored and how they are distributed.
Launching at IBC2008 is Inscriber RTX™ v2.0, providing more flexibility and power for developing custom broadcast graphics applications. RTX™ v2.0 runs on the new Altitude™ Express hardware platform, features a new interface as a native.NET API and includes support for Unicode. The new real-time 3D engine supports G-Scribe™ layouts that can also be created with the G7™, allowing users to import, design, create and control 3D scenes with advanced graphics treatments.
Harris also introduces version 3.0 of its IconMaster™ master control switcher, which provides flexible control in multichannel environments. IconMaster™ v 3.0 leverages the new IconMaster™ SCP, a touch panel-driven software control panel that connects multiple IconMaster module sets and controls multiple channels. Other features include CENTRIO™ multiviewer control and router control over Ethernet.
Advanced Audio Processing
At IBC2008, Harris will demonstrate a range of advanced audio solutions for TV that can reduce costs for broadcasters and improving the listening experience for consumers, including the Videotek® QuiC™ media analysis server, which now combines loudness monitoring technology with automated quality control and correction tools to form a unique market offering that eliminates unacceptable volume swells for the home viewer.
Harris will also introduce the world’s first embedded audio processing router, which combines Harris TDM MAX audio routing and wideband video within the Harris® Platinum™ routing platform — eliminating the need to use separate routers and external signal processing equipment to manipulate embedded solutions. IBC2008 also will see the introduction of Dolby® processing to the popular 6800+™ platform.
Visitors to the Harris stand will also see a compact loudness control solution that combines the Neural THX®-Surround Multimerge product, which provides a 5.1 mix no matter what audio signal is provided at the input, and Neural Loudness Control™, which enables broadcasters to manage perceived loudness levels within a specific desired volume range.
Multi-Source Display Processing
At IBC2008, Harris will showcase the industry’s broadest portfolio of multiviewers — including products from Zandar Technologies, which Harris acquired in November 2007. The Harris offer ranges from the award-winning CENTRIO™ multiviewer to the first-of-its-kind Zandar™ QS100HD Quad™ multiviewer in a card, which is specially designed for the Sony® LMD range of monitors.
At IBC, Harris will introduce a 1RU version (4, 8, 12 inputs) of its Zandar Predator II™ range, which offers highly scalable, auto-sensing solution for control rooms, production centers and monitoring facilities, and will showcase new integration between its multiviewer offering and its CCS Navigator™ monitoring and control software and NUCLEUS™ user-configurable network control panels.
Test & Measurement
Harris will showcase a full range of precision test and measurement solutions that enable broadcast and cable engineers to simplify and automate the quality control process.
With its Videotek® STAR range of handheld products, Harris will showcase a full range of portable test and measurement solutions for broadcast and cable engineers. New introductions include ASI-STAR™, a troubleshooting device for pinpointing failures and other problems in an ASI transport stream, offering ETR 290 priority 1 alarms and PSIP table information; and GEN-STAR™, which offers HD-SDI/SD-SDI generation, discrete AES audio output, and genlock capabilities through a reference input. Harris will also add the TVM-4DG low-cost, HD signal monitor to its Videotek TVM series of test instruments.
Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire media delivery chain. The Harris ONE™ approach brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that are ideal for emerging media business models and for customers upgrading media operations to digital and high-definition services.
About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has annual revenue of more than $5 billion and 16,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications®; products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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