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Harris Corporation Introduces PowerSmart™ Technology for TV and Radio Broadcast Transmitters


New Design Architecture Enables Harris to Build the Most Compact, Power-Efficient Transmitters in the Broadcast Industry

AMSTERDAM, (IBC2008, Stand 7.G20) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, introduces PowerSmart™, a new, groundbreaking architecture for Harris digital and analog broadcast transmitters that creates an exciting value proposition for terrestrial broadcasters. Now available in Harris® Maxiva™ UHF television transmitters and the Harris DMB 670™ range of DAB/T-DMB transmitters, PowerSmart™ lowers the cost of ownership for television and radio broadcasters over the course of the transmitter life through a cost-effective, compact and “green” energy-efficient design. PowerSmart™ becomes the new standard for Harris solid-state transmitters with the introduction of the Maxiva range, ushering in a new era of improved transmitter reliability and value for local broadcasters.

PowerSmart technology includes a new 50-volt RF device at the power amplification level that vastly improves the power density in Harris transmitters, handling the majority of power amplification in a single device compared to other transmitters on the market that utilize a series of lower-power RF devices for “staged” amplification. The single stage amplifier power amplifier minimizes parts in the transmitter, drastically reducing the footprint to create the most compact transmitters in the broadcast industry. The use of fewer parts also simplifies the design for easier field serviceability, provides a more energy-efficient output, and ultimately improves reliability over the life of the transmitter.

“PowerSmart technology enables unsurpassed power density for terrestrial transmission, delivering more value for the cost than any broadcast transmitter on the market at virtually any power level,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications. “The PowerSmart design enables Harris to throw out the old playbook for a new architecture that significantly raises our transmitter value proposition, and delivers more tangible benefits to local broadcasters than what was previously possible.”

The new design also incorporates the new world-class Harris Apex™ M2X exciter in the Maxiva range of high-power UHF transmitters, incorporating the latest incarnation of Harris RTAC™ (real-time adaptive correction) technology to minimize signal distortions and maximize the coverage area of the transmitter. The efficiencies of the Apex M2X exciter further enhances the PowerSmart design when used in high-power UHF applications. The software-defined capability of the Apex M2X exciter also allows broadcasters to seamlessly transition from analog to digital in the field, and supports all leading digital TV standards for maximum flexibility.

All Harris transmitters featuring the PowerSmart design are RoHS compliant, removing all lead sources from the transmitters to ensure a truly green design.

Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire media delivery chain. The Harris ONE™ solution 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 almost $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


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