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More Economical Exporter Said to Lower HD-R Conversion Costs

BE, Continental, Nautel and Harris have each developed the next-generation HD Radio exporter and are taking orders at the 2008 NAB Show.
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NAB has sunk over $1 million into a two-year effort to lower digital conversions costs for mid- and small-market stations.

The result is an “embedded exporter,” one that is DSP-based, rather than PC-based, resulting in a more reliable, smaller and less expensive unit, say the four manufacturers showing the unit on the show floor.

BE, Continental, Nautel and Harris have each developed the next-generation HD Radio exporter and are taking orders at this show. The representatives said the exporters, to be available later this year, would work with any manufacturer’s transmitter.

The “embedded” portion of the name refers to embedded Ibiquity IP in each unit. Each exporter can be upgraded via USB rather than a CD drive.

At a press conference here in Las Vegas, the manufacturers said the nearly two-year effort has resulted in a savings of some $10,000 off a digital system for a typical conversion package.

The newly formed NAB HD Radio Technology Task Force oversaw the effort. Steve Newberry, vice chair of the NAB Radio Board and president/CEO Commonwealth Broadcasting, said, the group decided to work with manufacturers and Ibiquity Digital to develop a more cost-effective exporter, the second-most expensive piece of equipment in the IBOC air chain after the exciter.

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