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Harris Extends Intraplex® IP Link Audio Codec Range for Radio Broadcasters

U.S. Debut Set for The Radio Show next month in Dallas
Denver, CO, September 04, 2012

Harris Broadcast Communications launched its new compact, low-cost Intraplex® IP Link audio codec family at the 2012 NAB Show to positive industry feedback — and will launch the second product in this growing range just five months later at The Radio Show (September 19-21, Hilton Anatole, Dallas, Booth 604). A demonstration at IBC in Amsterdam (September 7-11, RAI Exhibition Center, Amsterdam, Stand 7.G20) precedes the U.S. debut.

The new IP Link 200 retains all the features of its predecessor, the IP Link 100, and adds a second bidirectional stereo input for multi-channel capability. The IP Link 200 also offers an intelligent front panel user interface for customers that desire more flexibility in device configuration, offering simple steps to change audio settings and establish IP addresses for network transport. This gives engineers and technicians the freedom to use the IP Link 200 for multiple purposes, from remote broadcast contribution to studio-to-studio or studio-to-transmitter links.

The IP Link 200 otherwise offers entirely analogous audio and streaming capabilities to its predecessor, including support for multiple audio formats and its unique “multicoding” ability. This feature enables simultaneous delivery of audio in many formats, enabling the best possible efficiency for streaming bandwidth. For example, multicoding allows broadcasters to deliver uncompressed audio over a large IP pipe, and send AAC-HE (High Efficiency) or other compressed audio over a secondary DSL link.

Other parallel features between the IP Link 100 and 200 include Dynamic Stream Splicing, which sends multiple identical streams over the same network — or two different paths — and allows each stream to “borrow” data from others to avoid service interruptions from packet loss. This provides reliability associated with T1 and E1 networks versus less predictable IP connections.

Dual WAN ports and a separate IP management port boost network reliability further, offering assurance in audio delivery not seen in comparably priced codecs. Built-in silence sensors and alarms meanwhile enable automatic switching between streams, with failover to localized audio sources possible via direct playout from the receiving IP Link 200 device.

“The IP Link family brings professional features at low prices with the ‘always on’ reliability of Intraplex products that our customers expect,” said Richard Redmond, vice president of product management and strategy, transmission systems, Harris Broadcast Communications. “The IP Link 200 provides the flexibility that national radio networks require for audio contribution and distribution at a very competitive price, while giving more options to local radio stations and broadcasters streaming to web servers like SHOUTcast or simply in need of reliable point-to-point connections.”

About Harris Broadcast Communications
Harris Broadcast Communications 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. Additional information about Harris Broadcast Communications is available at www.broadcast.harris.com.

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