Norsat International Inc.

Norsat International Inc.

March 21, 2005 09:00 ET

Norsat First to Commercialize Highly Stable Downconverters For X and Ka Frequency Bands


NEWS RELEASE TRANSMITTED BY CCNMatthews

FOR: NORSAT INTERNATIONAL INC.

TSX SYMBOL: NII
OTC Bulletin Board SYMBOL: NSATF

MARCH 21, 2005 - 09:00 ET

Norsat First to Commercialize Highly Stable
Downconverters For X and Ka Frequency Bands

VANCOUVER, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2005) - Norsat International
Inc.'s (TSX:NII) (OTCBB:NSATF) Microwave Business Unit announces the
availability of the industry's first commercially-produced phase-locked
loop low noise block downconverters (PLL LNBs) operating at X and Ka
frequency bands. Both products are currently available for field trial,
with full production expected to start in June.

Phase-locked loop technology is significantly more stable than
traditional dielectric resonator oscillator (DRO) technology. Such
stability is crucial in mission critical applications where latency or
even a small loss of data is intolerable.

"A significant segment of our customer base employs narrower space
segments and lower data transmission rates. This requires highly stable
LNBs. Norsat is pleased to be the first company in the industry to
commercially meet this need with our high performance X and Ka-band PLL
LNBs" explains Dr. Aimee Chan, Vice-President of Operations.

Norsat's new downconverters will be on display at booth #237 at the
Satellite 2005 Exhibition, March 23rd - 25th at the Washington
Convention Center, Washington, D.C.

About Norsat International Inc.

Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets satellite
products for high-speed data transmission. The company has built a
strong reputation in the satellite technology field by providing its
customers with innovative products, selling millions of products
worldwide. Norsat's latest innovation is the Norsat OmniLink™ 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 is located in British Columbia, Canada and can be
found on the Internet at www.norsat.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this release relating to matters that are not historical
fact are forward-looking statements based on current expectations,
forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that
could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially. Factors
that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not
limited to general economic conditions, changes in technology, reliance
on third party manufacturing, managing rapid growth, global sales risks,
limited intellectual property protection and other risks and
uncertainties described in Norsat's public filings with securities
regulatory authorities.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    Norsat International Inc.
    Dr. Aimee Chan
    Vice-President, Operations
    (604) 292-9000
    (604) 292-9009 (FAX)
    Email: achan@norsat.com
    or
    Norsat International Inc.
    300 - 4401 Still Creek Drive
    Burnaby, British Columbia
    Canada V5C 6G9
    Website: www.norsat.com