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Harris Corporation Demonstrates New Features for X75 Multiple-Path Converter/Synchronizer at NAB2006


All-in-one, space-saving HD/SD solution will offer broadcast industry even greater flexibility

CINCINNATI, April 5, 2006 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) today announced that it will demonstrate a range of new features for its award-winning Leitch X75™ M-PATH Multiple Path Up/Down/Cross Converter Synchronizer in Harris booth #SU2929 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention being held April 24-27 in Las Vegas. The X75™ — which combines SD to HD upgradeability with up/down/cross conversion, SD/HD frame sync and extensive video and audio processing capabilities in a space-saving 1RU package — allows broadcasters to do much more with less equipment and has been rapidly adopted by television stations, mobile production, production houses, and Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite television companies worldwide since its launch.

Adding to the inherent flexibility of the X75 multiple path converter/synchronizer, Harris will unveil four new features during NAB: MPEG-4 monitoring streaming, video to audio (V2A) timing measurement, eight AES I/O with a 32-channel audio option and an integrated Dolby® E encoder option.

“We listen to our customers and continue to improve upon the functionality and features of the X75™ based on their feedback,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president for Harris Broadcast Communications Division’s Leitch Business Unit. “With the X75™ achieving such rapid industry acceptance — over 200 customers in more than 40 countries since its debut in January 2005 — we are committed to maintaining that momentum by continuing to add features that meet broadcasters’ evolving requirements.”

The MPEG-4 monitoring streaming option makes the monitoring of remote signals easier by providing a Common Image Format (CIF) resolution, with AAC audio streaming to the Leitch CCS™ Navigator™ and CCS™ Pilot™ software, QuickTime 7.0 and NUCLEUS™ user customizable control panels.

Maintaining proper lip sync and the alignment of video and audio signals is a significant challenge, especially in SD/HD applications. To address this issue, the new V2A option supplies a point-to-point, out-of-service test for links, which provides a measurement with millisecond accuracy and corrects video-to-audio alignment. The V2A test signal is very robust and survives all processing for long-distance links, including analog and digital conversion, MPEG and Dolby® E/AC-3 coding and decoding, up/down/cross conversion and audio embedding and de-embedding.

The audio capability of the X75 multiple path converter/synchronizer has been increased to eight AES inputs and outputs with 32 channels of internal audio processing — currently unmatched in the industry. All 16 channels from HD and from SD and the discrete AES inputs can be selected into the 32-channel processing. The 32 processed channels can then be placed channel by channel in the HD and SD outputs and on the discrete AES outputs (48x32x48). Used with the M-PATH Multiple Path capability, the X75 converter/synchronizer can process 16 channels of audio for simultaneous up- and down-conversion in hybrid systems.

With manufacturers delivering more HD systems and more broadcasters adding HDTV to their operations, multichannel surround sound is becoming increasingly prevalent. The X75 multiple path converter/synchronizer now has the ability to process Dolby® compressed audio streams with gain, delay and channel swapping.

In addition, the new 32-channel audio option and Dolby® codec options are ideal for use with the Harris NeuStar™ MultiMerge Transcoder/Mixer for DTV.

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

Dolby® is a registered trademark of Dolby Laboratories.


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