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Harris Corporation to Unveil the DL-860 High-Definition and Standard-Definition Serial Digital Legalizer at NAB2006


New, cost-effective solution eliminates the guesswork of signal legalization for both HD and SD

CINCINNATI, March 29, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced it will debut the DL-860 high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) serial digital legalizer in Harris booth #SU2929 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention being held April 24-27 in Las Vegas. The DL-860 serial digital legalizer is a powerful new tool that eliminates the guesswork of legalizing HD and SD signals.

Broadcast and production professionals use video legalizers to conform the incoming video signal to industry-defined “legal” limited ranges. This is particularly important when converting video between formats (such as HD and SD) that have differently defined “color spaces,” and when applying signal processing to modify the video, which could push it beyond “legal” limits.

“With the decreasing costs of HD-capable products to the consumer and the ever-present need for SD in today’s broadcast and post-production environments, we wanted to provide the best of both worlds,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president for Harris Broadcast Communications Division’s Leitch Business Unit. “The new DL-860 eliminates the added cost of buying two separate pieces of equipment, providing broadcasters and producers with an efficient and cost-effective solution for legalizing signals during the transition to HD.”

The DL-860 serial digital legalizer expands upon the features of the multiple-award-winning DL-850HD serial digital legalizer, providing support for standard-definition as well as high-definition input signals. The DL-860 accepts all popular HD and SD formats, with complete flexibility for legalizing HDI-SDI or SD-SDI signals. The DL-860 output format tracks the input format, and the signal can be legalized to HD, SD, RGB and/or Encoded color space. CRC values are monitored and recalculated to ensure proper output values. Input equalization added to the incoming video is displayed on the front panel. The DL-860 has a selection to pass or blank all ancillary data without any alteration except CRC correction. All limits are variable, allowing for many custom configurations to the HD Clips, SD Clips, Encoded gamut and RGB gamut limits. Direct access and operation of the DL-860 is straightforward — from the backlit, front-panel LCD display to the LED status indications, function selection buttons, and knob that allows easy menu navigation. All operational parameters, including the selectable bypass function, are also supported via Ethernet using the embedded Web server interface. The DL-860 also supports the Leitch CCS Navigator™ control and monitoring software and the NUCLEUS™ user-customizable control panel.

Backed by more than 30 years of test and measurement engineering excellence and more than a decade of experience addressing the complexity of serial digital video correction and legalization, the DL-860 is the newest addition to the Harris legalizer product line. The line also includes the original DL-810 for standard-definition input, which features a straightforward and versatile user interface that is emulated throughout the Harris line of serial digital legalizers.

About Harris Corporation
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


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