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Harris Corporation Delivers Professional-Grade IP Audio for Radio Broadcasters at an Affordable Price

MELBOURNE, FL/DENVER, April 3, 2012 — The 2012 NAB Show marks a new era for Harris Corporation’s (NYSE:HRS) Intraplex® family of studio-to-transmitter link (STL) solutions for radio broadcasters as the company introduces the IP Link 100, the first in a new range of low-cost, high-performance audio codecs that help customers deliver program audio affordably and reliably. Harris will debut the IP Link 100 at NAB (April 16-19, Las Vegas convention Center, Booth N2502).

The IP Link 100 is a compact solution for reliable program audio transport between two or more points, whether in an STL configuration, from studio-to-studio, or from a remote broadcast location to a studio for sports and live events. The IP Link 100 brings “always on” Intraplex technology to a very affordable price level, and incorporates distinct high-end features that cost extra on competing devices — or do not exist at all.

“The reliability of sending program audio over IP networks continues to increase, giving broadcasters reasons to migrate beyond lower prices,” said Harris Morris, president, Harris Broadcast Communications. “The IP Link 100 translates the reliable professional-grade quality of top-shelf Intraplex IP solutions to a condensed design that gives our customers a lower price, along with confidence that their program audio will dependably arrive at its destination.”

Harris brings several innovations to the IP Link 100:
• Dynamic Stream Splicing, a redundant delivery platform that merges two audio streams over the same or separate networks — ensuring seamless, intact delivery of program audio.
• Multicoding, an industry first that enables simultaneous delivery of audio in two different formats — including uncompressed audio for premium quality, and compressed audio formats for lower-bandwidth backup links.
• Automatic Backup to a plug-in USB drive or a local audio source in the event of IP connectivity loss.

The IP Link 100 begins shipping in September, with related product introductions on the horizon.

In broadcast communications, Harris offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

About Harris Corporation
Harris is an international communications and information technology company serving government and commercial markets in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, the company has approximately $6 billion of annual revenue and about 17,000 employees — including nearly 7,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications® products, systems, and services. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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Harris Boosts Flexiva Transmitter Range, Demonstrates Power Efficiency at NAB

At the 2012 NAB Show, Harris Broadcast Communications will demonstrate how radio broadcasters can maximize transmission efficiency across all power levels — most notably for high-power HD Radio™, FM and AM broadcast operations.

Last year, Harris introduced its Flexiva™ range of quad-mode, solid-state transmitters in low-to-mid power models, boasting a single, highly power-efficient platform to support analog and global digital standards. This year, the company will introduce two new high-power models (30kW and 40kW) for broadcasters that need to minimize operating costs while covering large areas — including analog FM and high-power HD Radio via elevated sideband levels.

The Flexiva exciter will also debut at the 2012 NAB Show, featuring rock-solid digital, direct-to-channel modulation for maximum on-air stability. Web-based monitoring and control, a host of expansion options and upgrade paths to HD Radio and DRM+ make the Flexiva exciter a feature-rich yet simple and cost-effective alternative to the Harris FlexStar® HDx exciter. Both exciters are well-suited for Flexiva transmitters at any power level.

Harris will also demonstrate its high-power 3DX Destiny® AM transmitter range for Modulation Dependent Carrier Level (MDCL) applications, delivering exceptional power efficiency to high-power AM broadcasters via Harris Adaptive Carrier Control Plus (ACC+) systems. Harris ACC+ systems help AM broadcasters reduce average power consumption by approximately 35 percent — sharply reducing operating costs associated with high-power AM broadcasting.

All Harris Flexiva and 3DX transmitters leverage Harris® PowerSmart® technology to increase power density, reduce footprint, and improve reliability through simpler designs and better operational efficiency.

“Radio broadcasters continue to seek greater operational efficiency through compact and modular transmitter designs,” said Richard Redmond, vice president of product strategy and management for transmission systems, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Harris continues to develop new strategies and technologies that give our customers great performance with lower operating costs.”

Harris will also show its latest generation FlexStar importer and exporter models (HDI200 and HDE200) for more efficient management of HD Radio multicast signals comprising main and supplemental program audio channels. The NAB 2012 Show also marks the first spring show demonstration of IP backhaul capabilities within the Harris Intraplex® HD Link™ fixed microwave STL system. This upgrade enables tighter integration of RF and IP capabilities for single-channel or multicast program transport.

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Harris Boosts ACC+ Efficiency for AM Broadcasters

Harris is helping AM broadcasters significantly reduce average power consumption and operating costs with its next-generation Adaptive Carrier Control Plus (ACC+) systems. 3DX Front Panel

Harris has been providing ACC systems to international customers since the launch of the Super Power DX AM transmitter in 1993, with subsequent updates for ACC+ systems. Harris engaged with the FCC to authorize use of ACC/ACC+ technology in the U.S. earlier this year following a successful trial with Alaska Public Broadcasting. Harris also did extensive testing to validate ACC and ACC+ viability for HD Radio broadcasting on the AM dial.

Harris is now leveraging its PowerSmart® technology, first deployed in its latest DTV UHF/VHF and FM transmitters, for its next-generation ACC+ systems — producing up to a 35-percent reduction in energy use for AM broadcasters. Harris PowerSmart technology leverages green technology to increase power density, reduce footprint, and improve reliability through simpler designs and better operational efficiency. more

Harris Corporation Tightly Integrates RF and IP Transport within Intraplex HD Link STL System for Radio Broadcasters

MELBOURNE, FL/DENVER, September 6, 2011 (Radio Show – Booth 201) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, introduces more IP networking capabilities to its Intraplex® HD Link™ studio-to-transmitter link (STL) system heading into the 2011 Radio Show (Hyatt Regency Chicago, September 14-16).intraplex_stl_receiver_front_press.jpg

Harris introduced HD Link in 2009 to support 950 MHz microwave STL applications for the transport of analog AM/FM and digital program services, including HD Radio™ broadcasting and multicasting. Harris will show HD Link at the 2011 Radio Show, along with a 10kW model from its recently-introduced Flexiva™ air-cooled, solid-state transmitter family, and a range of PR&E® studio systems and consoles for standalone and networked studio environments. more

Harris Corporation Meets Global Transmission and Compact Studio Needs for Radio Broadcasters at IBC

MELBOURNE, FL/WINNERSH, UK, August 25, 2011 (IBC2011, Booth 7.G20) — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will introduce a range of radio broadcast transmitters to IBC audiences (RAI Convention Center, Amsterdam, September 9-13) that address global transmission standards and improve efficiencies in the air chain and transmission infrastructure.flexiva-20kw-angle-black-press.jpg

Alongside the Harris® Flexiva™ range of air-cooled solid-state transmitters is the IBC debut of the Harris® PR&E® Oasis™, a standalone on-air and production console that enables radio broadcasters to easily and affordably convert to digital at their convenience. more

Harris Supports ACC Tests at Alaska Public Broadcasting

Harris announces that it is supporting Alaska Public Broadcasting tests for improving AM transmitter efficiency through Adaptive Carrier Control, a technique used to reduce power consumption. The company has also engaged with the FCC to open the possibility that more U.S. broadcasters can evaluate this green technology moving forward.

The Harris Adaptive Carrier Control (ACC) system is capable of several power reduction algorithm operations. These include Dynamic Carrier Control (DCC), which employs many power saving curves; and Amplitude Modulation Companding (AMC), which also yields energy savings. Together, DCC and AMC efficiencies within the Harris ACC system can potentially reduce operating costs by up to 35 percent. more

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Barix Audio over IP Solution Simplifies Radio Broadcast Distribution, Lowers Costs for Total Star Network

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, April 4, 2011 — Barix announces that Total Star Network, a radio broadcast network comprising eight stations in England and Spain, has switched from leased line and ISDN transport to a more cost-efficient Barix Audio over IP distribution network. The broadcaster estimates it will save nearly $10,000 (6,000 British Pounds) annually on program distribution costs and in some cases improve the audio quality.

Total Star Network chose the Barix Reflector Service to simplify Audio over IP distribution from the network’s headquarters in Cheltenham, England, to seven regional transmitter sites. Barix Exstreamer 500 professional IP Audio hardware codecs provide the encode/decode points from headquarters to the local studios; and onward to the transmission sites. The network also uses the Barix Audio over IP solution to deliver OneGold Radio brand programming to an FM station on the Costa Blanca, a stretch of the Mediterranean coast in the Alicante Province of Spain. more

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Harris Corporation Boosts Transmission Portfolio to Support Diverse Radio Broadcast Strategies

MELBOURNE, FL/DENVER, March 22, 2011 — Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS), an international communications and information technology company, will introduce new HD Radio™ and HD/FM transmission products to support radio broadcasters as they launch over-the-air services and improve overall efficiency in the air chain and transmission infrastructure. The new products will be introduced at the 2011 NAB Show (April 11-14, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth N2502).The new Harris Multi-System Controller for Radio and TV Transmitters

“Radio broadcasters are interested in technology investments that create more efficiency for their operations,� said Richard Redmond, vice president of product strategy and management for transmission systems, Harris Broadcast Communications. “Harris is investing in new transmitters and HD Radio broadcast infrastructure to help broadcasters deliver content more efficiently.� more

Barix Extends Feature Set for Reflector Service

Barix comes to the 2011 NAB Show (April 11-14, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth C8316) with new updates to its Reflector Service for STL, Syndication and Remote Contribution aimed at simplifying integration within existing broadcast infrastructures. Barix Exstreamer 500

The Reflector Service simplifies the setup of audio transport connections by removing the need for specialist knowledge. Hosted by Barix partner StreamGuys, the application serves as an online center to configure and monitor the audio transport bridge while providing a straightforward relay of the audio feed. The Reflector Service is paired with Barix Audio over IP hardware at the send and receive points, creating a plug-and-play installation that can have broadcasters streaming audio over IP links within minutes. more

KAVX-FM Switches on New Harris Transmitter

KAVX-FM, serving the Lufkin/Nacogdoches region of eastern Texas and western Louisiana, has turned on a new Harris HPX20 tube transmitter capable of simultaneous HD Radio and FM transmission. KAVX Chief Engineer Tim Swanson in front of Harris HPX20 Transmitter

KAVX is a non-profit organization operating under the Lufkin Educational Broadcasting Foundation. The HPX20 is currently transmitting at 9.5kW TPO (FM-only), and operates at an efficient 23kW ERP from a height of 723 feet above ground level.
Though transmitting in FM only at this time, the station required a new transmitter with HD Radio-capability to replace an analog-only QEI model. Harris installed a FlexStar HDX-FM digital exciter in the transmitter, providing an easy upgrade path to HD Radio when the station is ready. more

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