Harris Corporation Announces New H.264 Broadcast Encoding Capabilities for Satellite, Terrestrial and IPTV Delivery


Leverages advanced H.264 compression standard to enable new applications and services

LAS VEGAS, April 16 / -- Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has introduced new H.264 broadcast encoding capabilities that enable lower-bandwidth operation of video services over satellite, terrestrial and Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) delivery platforms.

Harris is launching NetVX(TM) ENC-A21 high-definition/standard-definition (HD/SD) and ENC-A11 standard-definition (SD) encoders, which bring the latest high-performance H.264 video encoding technology into its successful NetVX(TM) video networking system.

The NetVX(TM) ENC-A21 module is a third-generation compression system architecture tailored specifically to encoding of HD video under H.264 Main Profile Level 4.1. The module includes advanced preprocessing, integrated look-ahead technology, and multi-resolution processing to support picture in picture and other ancillary streaming applications in addition to the main HD channel. Supporting the video, audio and data features for contribution and distribution applications, along with low-bandwidth delivery applications such as IPTV, the NetVX ENC-A21 module saves network bandwidth and satellite transponder cost compared to MPEG-2 systems.

The NetVX(TM) ENC-A11 encoder module features H.264 (MPEG-4 part 10, Advanced Video Coding) compression technology, implementing the AVC Main Profile (Level 3.0), including Context Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding (CABAC). A wide range of compressed image resolutions is supported, including performance at full D1 (720x480x30i). The NetVX ENC-A11 encoder module also features a full complement of analog and digital video and audio interfaces.

In addition to video processing, the NetVX(TM) ENC-A11 and ENC-A21 modules support audio compression standards prevalent worldwide, including the new Advanced Audio Coding-High Efficiency (AAC-HE) compression. Captions and other ancillary signals are processed in accordance with ATSC, DVB, and other related standards to provide the highest possible interoperability. These new NetVX(TM) modules also provide a small form-factor solution for electronic or satellite newsgathering.

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 annual revenue of about $4 billion and more than 14,000 employees - including more than 6,000 engineers and scientists. Harris is dedicated to developing best-in-class assured communications(TM) products, systems, and services for global markets, including government communications, RF communications, broadcast communications, and wireless transmission network solutions. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com

FCMN Contact: kmctavish@harris.com

Source: Harris Corporation

CONTACT: Laura Whitaker, Vice President, Communications of Harris Broadcast Communications Division, +1-408-782-1201, laura.whitaker@harris.com

Web site: www.harris.com/

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