SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

July 16, 2007 06:00 ET

Norsat Announces Issuance of U.S. Patent

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwire - July 16, 2007) - Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII) (OTCBB: NSATF) ("Norsat"), a leading provider of intelligent satellite solutions, today announced that the company has been granted a U.S. patent for the invention of its high-performance portable satellite communication unit, marketed as GLOBETrekker.

"This patent award further strengthens our product leadership role in the portable satellite marketplace," said Dr. Amiee Chan, president and CEO, Norsat International. "Growing demand for real-time information, immediate response and global connectivity is making portable satellite communication units increasingly important. However, most high-performance satellite news gathering systems are relatively large, making ease of mobility a challenge. The design of Norsat's GLOBETrekker provides our customers with the portability they require, without sacrificing reliability or functionality. We see the portable satellite industry as a significant area of growth for Norsat. We intend to continue innovating and in turn, file new patent applications to provide additional validation to our portable satellite communication unit designs."

Patent 7,218,289 entitled "Portable High-speed and Broadcast-quality Video Terminal for Terrestrial and Satellite Communications" covers the design of a high-performance portable microwave communication unit, consisting of a directional antenna, RF transceiver and high-speed data/video processing unit, for use in terrestrial point-to-point communications, or as a ground station in a satellite communication system. For transportation, the unit can be disassembled and stowed in two airline-checkable hard-shell cases, which can be carried as a backpack or equipped with a set of wheels so it can be rolled.

With the addition of this patent, Norsat has 2 issued patents and 4 patent applications that are currently pending.

About Norsat International Inc.

Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. Additional information is available at www.norsat.com. Further information is available through email at investor@norsat.com or by phone, 1-604-821-2808.

For further information, contact:

Kristen Dickson
The Equicom Group
Tel: 416-815-0700 x 273
Email: kdickson@equicomgroup.com
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This information should be read in conjunction with Norsat's audited consolidated financial statements and related notes included therein for the quarter ended March 31, 2007, and the Management Discussion and Analysis for quarter ended March 31, 2007. The company's results are consolidated with those of Norsat.

All of the company's financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in Canada (Canadian GAAP). Additional information may be found at www.norsat.com.

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:

    Kristen Dickson
    The Equicom Group
    Tel: 416-815-0700 x 273
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