Monday, April 30, 2007

Ultra-portable SNG (satellite news gathering) terminals

Norsat Unveils Next Generation of Ultra-Portable SNG Terminals

Vancouver, BC, April 17, 2007--(T-Net)--Norsat International (Toronto:NII.TO) (OTC BB:NSATF.OB) announced today that it has unveiled its next-generation family of ultra-portable SNG (satellite news gathering) terminals -- the Norsat GLOBETrekker SNG Terminal -- at NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) 2007, the world's largest broadcast television exhibition.

"Satellite terminals are typically a trade off between portability and performance. For Norsat to provide both in the GLOBETrekker, is a testament to their engineering ability," said Tim Williams, managing director of UK-based SNG specialist, Sat-Comm Ltd.

The Norsat GLOBETrekker SNG Family(TM) is available as a highly integrated system which includes a carbon fiber antenna, motorized feed assembly, LNB, 40W SSPA, BUC, motorized azimuth/elevation superstructure, built-in inclinometer, compass, GPS; a baseband unit with a modulator, up-converter, spectrum analyzer, DVB-S receiver, Ethernet switch, DC-DC converter, shock protected chassis; a system controller including a wired display with software and a graphical user interface. Customers may elect to use a built-in MPEG-2 encoder or employ one of their own choosing.

Sleekly packaged in rugged, self-contained IATA-friendly wheelable cases, the system easily meets the new stringent checked baggage restrictions imposed by most of the world's leading airlines including British Airways, American, Delta, Lufthansa, KLM and others. The new weight and linear length restrictions are 23kg and 157cm (L+W+H), respectively.

The terminal is particularly well suited for "grab-and-go" applications and is well-suited for transport in small helicopters, planes and cars. It has also been designed to withstand harsh transport and operating conditions.

Options include a highly compact MPEG-2 reception and monitoring panel designed by UK-based SNG specialists, Sat-Comm Ltd ( The panel includes a built-in 4:2:2 IRD capable of monitoring true broadcast quality transmissions. The monitoring panel is packaged in a single Pelican case and is available with an auto power option. The auto power enables users the ability to power the system, including the 40W SSPA from a 90-260 V AC source or a 12V DC car battery source.

The new product is on display at the company's booth, # C8547, in the Satellite Technologies Hall, at NAB 2007 at the Las Vegas Convention Center until April 19th, 2007. It will also be on display at the Sat-Comm booth, # OE311, in the Outside Area.

Further information can be obtained by calling 1-410-703-1607.

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