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Harris Lays Out NAB Plans, Cites Escalation in Digital Radio Markets

Harris Broadcast has laid out its plans for NAB product introductions.

Harris Broadcast has laid out its plans for NAB product introductions.

The company said it will show a suite of transmission products and platform enhancements for three digital standards: HD Radio, DRM and DAB. The company commented on “the recent escalation of digital radio both domestically and in various international markets.”

Debra Huttenburg of Harris stated that radio is following a similar path to the digital TV conversion. “But while HD Radio has reached new heights domestically, it is crucial to remember that analog radio remains strong and vital.”

A technology display of the first Conditional Access system for HD Radio content protection on multicast channels will be featured by Harris. Also among new products at NAB will be the first public display of the ZX3500 transmitter, a 3.5 kW model in the line of ZXT low-power transmitters. Harris expects this to appeal to small-market analog FM broadcasters who plan to upgrade to HD Radio in the future, and larger station groups and independents seeking a compact backup.

NAB will also mark the first display of the Harris NeuStar SW4.0 pre-codec conditioning module embedded in the FlexStarR HDI-100 Importer. The company will promote its entry into the HD Radio datacasting market with the Harris DATAplus system, shown last year. It will debut the DMB 670 transmitter, designed for the T-DMB version of the DAB standard. And for Digital Radio Mondiale, it will exhibit a DRM On-Air Upgrade Kit, which can be added to Harris DXR, DAX or 3DX transmitters in the field.