CINCINNATI, March 21, 2005 – Harris Corporation's (NYSE: HRS) Broadcast Communications Division (BCD) will showcase its flexibility across the television industry's leading analog and digital transmission standards at NAB2005 with an expanded range of Atlas Analogue UHF solid-state transmitters. The Atlas Analogue range is generating global interest with its cost-effective upgrade path to such digital standards as ATSC and DVB-T. At NAB2005, Harris will showcase a two-cabinet Atlas Analogue for the first time. The two-cabinet, higher-power Atlas Analogue models are quickly gaining popularity with customers replacing tube transmitters with more efficient solid-state technology. Broadcasters in Russia, Brazil and the United States are currently on-air with Atlas Analogue, with more international shipments scheduled through the first half of 2005.
"Domestic and international broadcasters are finding that the Atlas Analogue range is an ideal stepping stone toward digital terrestrial television," said Dale Mowry, vice president and general manager of the Harris BCD's Television Broadcast Systems business unit. "Broadcasters can replace aging analog transmitters now with a high-performance Atlas Analogue transmitter and then simply and cost-effectively transition to digital when they are ready. Harris continues to be a global leader in terrestrial transmission, offering thoroughly tested, well-engineered solutions that allow us to retain and build on our loyal customer base throughout the world. The Atlas Analogue is representative of our commitment to delivering global transmission solutions that broadcasters can rely on now and well into the future."
Available in power levels ranging from 2.5kW to 30kW, the Atlas Analogue is an excellent choice for terrestrial broadcasters who plan to operate in the analog domain in the near term, but may want to convert to digital in the future. Broadcasters currently transmitting in PAL, NTSC and SECAM analog can rely on the transmitter's common amplification design for simple and cost-effective upgrades to various digital standards. The compact footprint of Atlas Analogue transmitters is appealing to domestic and international broadcasters faced with limited transmitter facility space.
Beyond its field-upgradeable digital path, U.S. broadcasters can take further advantage of the Atlas Analogue's broadband design. Low-power analog broadcasters forced to switch channel assignments to make way for full-power digital channels can do so by simply changing the filter, and U.S. stations can migrate to ATSC digital with the Atlas Analogue whether they are assigned to a new channel or instructed to remain on a current analog channel assignment.
All Atlas Analogue transmitters feature a fully broadband and frequency-agile solid-state architecture that minimizes maintenance procedures and allows the transmitters to work on any UHF channel. The Atlas Analogue also features Harris' industry leading DTV-660 analog/digital exciter for migration to digital and use in modern IT infrastructure. Also available as an option is Harris' eCDi-enhanced transmitter remote network monitoring and control system. The transmitter's IT-oriented design addresses emerging requirements in the modern broadcast facility and provides broadcasters with PC-based remote monitoring from anywhere. Furthermore, its liquid-cooled design is central to operational-efficient power density and a reduction in air-conditioning requirements.
About Harris Broadcast Communications Division
Harris Broadcast Communications Division is one of four divisions within Harris Corporation, an international communications equipment company focused on providing assured communications services for government and commercial customers in more than 150 countries. One of the world's leading suppliers of broadcast technology, Harris Broadcast Communications Division offers a full range of solutions that support the digital delivery, automation and management of audio, video and data. For more information, visit www.broadcast.harris.com.
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