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Harris Corporation Showcases Latest Broadcast Workflow Solutions at BIRTV 2009
Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2009

BEIJING, August 26, 2009 (BIRTV, Hall 8 Stand No. 8A03) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, is showcasing an array of innovative broadcast technology solutions at BIRTV 2009 being held August 26-29 at the China International Exhibition Center in Beijing. Harris solutions enable any broadcast operation to cost-effectively implement an advanced media workflow that manages every stage of the content lifecycle and allow broadcasters to profit from new revenue streams in both traditional and emerging business models. Harris equipment also will be demonstrated on two Harris distributor stands (CSS, stand no. 8-A05 and Evertop, stand no. 8-B07).

Highlights from the show include the following:

TV Transmission
Harris will showcase its Maxiva™ range of compact, environmentally friendly, solid-state multimedia transmitters for UHF broadcasters at virtually every power level. Maxiva transmitters comprise two distinct families: the Maxiva ULX Series, a range of liquid-cooled transmitters for high-power UHF multimedia broadcasters; and the Maxiva UAX Series of air-cooled, solid-state transmitters for low-power UHF transmission. All Harris Maxiva transmitters feature Harris PowerSmart™ technology for best-in-class power density, efficiency and performance in a compact, environmentally friendly and RoHS-compliant design.

HD Radio Transmission
BIRTV visitors will see the Harris ZX5000 transmitter, the newest model in the company's popular range of ZX® radio broadcast transmitters. Now shipping, this transmitter is available in analogue FM-only, common-amplification (HD Radio + analogue) or HD-only, allowing broadcasters to launch HD Radio program streams when ready.

DAB Transmission
Addressing the growing international need for higher-power Digital Audio Broadcasting and Terrestrial-Digital Multimedia Broadcasting multimedia transmitters, Harris will showcase its DMB 670-4000 transmitter. Harris DMB 670 transmitters are the most compact DAB transmitters in the broadcast industry, and support the delivery of multiplexed Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) digital audio and T-DMB mobile TV channels to mobile, handheld consumer devices. With twice the power, the Harris DMB 670-4000 transmitter retains the same compact, lightweight footprint and energy-efficient, air-cooled design of its predecessor.

Fiber Optic Signal Processing
Visitors to BIRTV also will see Harris Corporation's next-generation range of OPTO+™ fiber optic solutions spanning its signal processing portfolio. The OPTO+ line includes transmission products in the 6800+ core processing platform, the X75 and X85 platforms, Platinum™ routing switchers and the CENTRIO™ multisource display processor, as well as optical fiber testing precision test and measurement devices.

The X85 multiple application video and audio processor incorporates a lot of features into its space-saving 1RU frame, including 3 Gb/s upgrade capability for a future-proofed infrastructure; optional linear frame rate conversion to convert 59.94 Hz and 50 Hz-based signals; and dual-channel processing for maximum efficiency. OPTO+ in the X85 allows a direct fiber input and/or output to a system to be converted into and out of any signal format.

The company's new OPTO+ in Platinum supports optical transport, allowing direct optical connectivity into and from the router. Featuring user-selectable optical wavelengths, OPTO+ supports all signals up to 1080p (SD-SDI, HDTV, ASI) to simplify baseband optical transmission and distribution.

Test and Measurement
At BIRTV, Harris will demonstrate the new Compact Monitor series (CMN-41 and CMN-91) for space-saving and efficient video/audio signal monitoring. Each model provides a compact half-rack footprint of less than 7 inches depth, two HD/SD-SDI inputs with optional 3 Gb/s (1080p) capability, one AES input and metering for 16 channels of embedded audio.

Also debuting for the first time in this region is the new Videotek® TVM-4MA metadata analyzer, designed for use at any media facility that needs to verify data presence and confirm detailed data content. The TVM-4MA discovers, reports, monitors and triggers alarms on the ancillary data present in an HD or SD-SDI signal. The TVM-4MA is the first analyzer on the market to provide a comprehensive list of the entire ancillary and vertical blanking interval (VBI) data present in an SDI video signal.

For advanced monitoring applications, Harris will showcase a 3 Gb/s video input module for its Videotek VTM and TVM series of test instruments, enabling monitoring of the new progressively scanned, high frame-rate HD formats, including 1080p. Also 3 Gb/s-capable, the new Videotek AVM-717-3GB is a versatile, space-efficient and self-contained test and measurement solution. Harris also will demonstrate the TVM9140PKG-EJ multiformat HD/SD-SDI video and audio signal analyzer and the TVM-4DG multiformat HD/SD-SDI waveform monitor/vectorscope.

For portable requirements, the award-winning Videotek STAR™ handheld test instruments include the HD-STAR® HD/SD-SDI monitor/generator, which is well suited to the demands of cable field technicians and now features auto-format detection of HD or SD inputs; the GEN-STAR®, which offers HD-SDI/SD-SDI generation, discrete AES audio output, and genlock capabilities through a reference input; and ASI-STAR®, which features transport stream monitoring of DVB-ASI or SMPTE-310M for compliance to ETR-290 priority 1 specifications with error counting.

Furthermore, Harris will showcase its fiber optic test devices — portable tools for field installations, routine inspection and maintenance of optical telecom and CATV systems, and for testing laboratories and research facilities. On display will be the OFI-20B optical fibre identifier, a handheld, optical test instrument that identifies optical undamaged fibres by detecting the optical signals being transmitted through the fibres; and OPM-15A&B optical power meters, which support accurate testing of single-mode and multi-mode optical fibre systems.

Harris also will demonstrate its Videotek QuiC™ media analysis server — a fully automated, file-based test and measurement tool that verifies the quality of compressed digital files before the content is distributed. The system's ability to process content automatically, and at speeds much faster than real time, results in a valuable, cost-effective tool that enables new and more efficient quality control workflows.

Server Portfolio and SAN Architecture
Visitors to BIRTV will see the latest enhancements to the Harris NEXIO® broadcast server portfolio and storage area network (SAN) architecture, addressing the growing demands of broadcasters to achieve greater operational efficiency without sacrificing functionality and flexibility. Highlighting its commitment to streamlining broadcast workflows, Harris will demonstrate its NEXIO mCAPTURE™ compressed media stream recorder. NEXIO mCAPTURE allows content from transport streams — including digital satellite feeds — to be brought into the NEXIO AMP™ advanced media platform without the need to decode the content to baseband.

Harris also showcases dramatically enhanced bandwidth capabilities for the NEXIO SAN. Broadcasters can now take advantage of custom-designed SANs with data throughput up to 16 Gb/s, nearly a two-fold gain over current capacity. The increased bandwidth enables the use of higher data rates for HD content, resulting in improved throughput, and the creation of larger SANs, when required.

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