Harmonic Unveils Transmitter

Harmonic introduces MAXLink, the cable industry's highest performing broadcast transmission system

December 4, 2002

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq:HLIT - News) today introduced MAXLink(TM) Plus, its third generation 1550 nm broadcast transmitter, which delivers breakthrough RF transport performance. The MAXLink Plus system utilizes new Harmonic-patented technology to transmit high quality signals over much longer distances and increase the channel carrying capacity of cable and other broadcast networks. As a result, operators can implement a more cost-effective and flexible broadcast network infrastructure without purchasing multiple racks of proprietary baseband digital transmission equipment. The MAXLink Plus product line includes a 1550 nm broadcast transmitter and an optional receiver that is fully optimized for its companion Harmonic transmitter. The new Harmonic-patented technology increases the CNR (Carrier to Noise Ratio) up to 6 dB, giving MAXLink Plus the best 1550 nm performance in the industry. This improvement in CNR either extends the network reach while maintaining existing performance levels or increases the performance of an existing network link. This is extremely important to operators as they constantly seek ways to scale their network to support more subscribers as well as reduce capital equipment and operating costs. Both the transmitter and receiver have a new compact standalone one-rack unit (1RU) form factor that further reduces space requirements. "MAXLink Plus brings together Harmonic's deep expertise and technical leadership in optical transmitters and broadcast network architectures to deliver the best 1550 nm performance in the market," said Patrick Harshman, president of Harmonic's Broadband Access Networks Division. "The MAXLink Plus exemplifies Harmonic's long-time commitment to lowering the cost of implementing, managing and maintaining large-scale cable networks without compromising quality. MAXLink Plus provides all the benefits and quality of digital transport but with superior economics." Harmonic Inc.

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