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Harris Corporation Delivers 100th NEXIO AMP Advanced Media Platform Server for Broadcasters


Broadcasters Worldwide Choosing New Server; North American Debut at NAB2008

Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has delivered its 100th NEXIO AMP™ advanced media platform server during the first six weeks of the product’s availability. Recent new customers include broadcasters in Germany, Japan and Canada, as well as two major television networks in the United States.

“NEXIO AMP™ builds on the success of the Harris® NEXIO™ server line, which has increasingly become the server of choice for customers around the world — including five of the eight major U.S. networks,” said Tim Thorsteinson, president of Harris Broadcast Communications.

The Harris® NEXIO AMP™ advanced media platform pairs a high–performance, high-definition/standard-definition (HD/SD) server architecture with best–in–class content protection. The new system combines the highest levels of I/O, data pathway and storage redundancy with all the features broadcasters have come to expect in NEXIO servers — including integrated software codec support and automatic up/down/cross conversion. Recent new orders came from Germany’s Astra APS through Teracue AG; the American Forces Network through Snader & Associates; Toyama Cable TV in Japan; FOX Sports Houston in the United States; Canal 9 in Argentina; and ExpressVu in Canada.

“The NEXIO AMP™ platform leverages the power of software in a number of innovative ways that provide immediate and future benefits for our operation,” said Stefan Hennecke, vice president playout, APS Munich. “Today, we have a server that provides true format transparency with integrated software codec support and automatic up/down/cross conversion. In the near future, the platform will also have the ability to host software–enabled media applications, which will allow us to reduce our hardware expenditures, take the guesswork out of point–product compatibility and improve our overall workflow efficiency.”

The first products introduced in the NEXIO AMP™ family are the NX3601HDI media platform with integrated storage and the NX3601HDX media platform for the NEXIO™ storage area network (SAN). Both models excel at ingest, compression and playout, while allowing format-transparent operations. They feature two- and three-channel HD/SD mixed resolution modes, four– or six–channel SD modes, and support for a wide range of SD and HD codecs, including XDCAM HD and DVCPRO HD.

“NEXIO AMP™ establishes a solid foundation for a scalable, end-to-end HD/SD television solution,” Thorsteinson said. “It dramatically expands the functionality of the traditional video transmission server by providing a platform that customers can build their businesses around with confidence.”

NEXIO AMP™ is among the wide range of Harris solutions that optimize the newsroom and channel release workflows of today’s broadcast operations.

Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions that span the entire broadcast 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.


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