SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

March 21, 2005 09:00 ET

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

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 21, 2005 -- Norsat International Inc.'s (OTC BB: NSATF) (TSX: NII) 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

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Contact Information

  • For More Information Contact:
    Dr. Aimee Chan
    Vice-President, Operations
    Phone: 604.292.9000
    Fax: 604.292.9009
    Email: achan@norsat.com
    Norsat International Inc.
    300 - 4401 Still Creek Drive
    Burnaby, British Columbia
    Canada V5C 6G9
    www.norsat.com