SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

September 14, 2005 09:00 ET

Norsat Extends Leadership in Microwave Components With Expanded Product Portfolio

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 14, 2005 -- Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII) (OTC BB: NSATF) today announced that it has expanded its portfolio of microwave products to include Block Up-Converters (BUC) in the extended Ku-band, Ka and X-band external reference low noise block down-converters, and custom block down-converters.

"This latest product introduction is consistent with our long tradition of being first to commercialize microwave components," said Dr. Amiee Chan, VP Operations, Norsat International, Inc. "These latest additions further solidify our role in the market as a one-stop shop for microwave components."

Norsat's new extended Ku-band Block Up-Converters, or transmitters, satisfy a growing need, particularly among both commercial and military customers in Europe and Latin America, to operate in the 13.75 GHz - 14.5 GHz band, instead of the standard Ku band (14.0 GHz - 14.5 GHz). This trend is driven in part by congestion in the standard Ku-band. This product will initially be offered with a 4W BUC.

The development of the new Ka and X-band external reference low noise block down-converters should complement plans by the U.S. Department of Defense for a 2006 launch of high-powered Wideband Gapfiller Satellites, which are expected to provide more than 10 times the capacity of current satellites. The new Norsat Ka and X-band external reference low noise block down-converters (LNB) are particularly well suited to serve mission critical applications using WGF and other satellites when data integrity is particularly important. These LNBs offer greater stability and minimal drift. External reference eliminates the need to search for the satellite signal and enables a VSAT to establish an immediate lock. As such, they are ideally suited for service providers, military, and governments.

The block down-converters are highly configurable to serve highly specialized applications in the Ku and C bands. Customers may indicate their desired Output Interface, DC Power Interface, Dual power configuration available, RF Input, IF Output, Bandwidth, LO Frequency, LO Initial Offset, Minimum and Maximum Gain and Input VSWR.

All of these products are available immediately.

Forward-Looking Statements

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The information should be read in conjunction with the Company's unaudited interim consolidated financial statements and related notes includes therein for the three months ended June 30, 2005, and the audited consolidated financial statements, related notes included therein and Management Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2004 included in the Company's 2004 Annual Report. All the Company's financial statements are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in Canada (Canadian GAAP). Additional information from the year ended December 31, 2004, and other information related to the Company, may be found on the company's website at

About Norsat International, Inc.

Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. For more than 25 years, Norsat has built a strong reputation in the field of satellite technology by providing its customers with innovative products and has now sold over 2.5 million products in 87 countries around the world. Norsat's latest innovation is the Norsat OmniLink(tm) line of portable satellite terminal products that provide rapidly deployable broadband satellite data and video connectivity in areas where traditional communications infrastructure is insufficient, damaged, or non-existent. Norsat's sectors of concentration include Health Care, Military, Emergency Services and Media. Additional investor information is available through email at or by phone, 1-604-292-9000 or toll-free in Canada and the U.S., 1-888-667-7281.

Contact Information

  • Contact info:
    Dr. Amiee Chan
    Vice President, Operations
    Norsat International Inc.
    Toll-Free: 1-888-667-7281
    Tel: 604-292-9000
    Fax: 604-292-9011
    E-mail: Email Contact