Harmonic Unveils New Gateway

Harmonic scales on-demand and IP-based service delivery with new high density narrowcast services gateway

June 22, 2006

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DENVER, Colo. -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today introduced the fourth generation of its multi-award winning Narrowcast Services Gateway™ (NSG) IP-enabled edgeQAM devices for on-demand service delivery. The new NSG 9000, which hosts up to 72 QAM channels in a sleek two rack-unit (RU) chassis, offers unparalleled efficiency and scalability to support the ever-increasing volumes of digital video, voice and data being delivered into the home. Ideal for applications such as video-on-demand (VOD), switched digital broadcast and network personal video recording (nPVR), a fully configured NSG 9000 delivers approximately twice as many simultaneous streams as any other product in its class. With DOCSIS 3.0 modular CMTS (M-CMTS) support and redundancy options, the new system also streamlines the provisioning of IP-based services including voice-over-IP (VOIP) and broadband Internet access. Cable operators have been at the forefront of the transition to an on-demand experience, implementing successful VOD, high-speed Internet and VOIP services. To maintain and extend leadership in delivering a range of compelling services, it is necessary to continuously scale and expand the on-demand infrastructure in step with the new interactive paradigm. The market-leading NSG edgeQAM is currently in use by nearly all of the largest cable operators in the United States, and the new NSG 9000 builds upon Harmonic's tradition of pioneering scalable edge processing systems. This high capacity solution optimizes narrowcast service delivery by performing a variety of essential functions at the edge including multiplexing, encryption, QAM modulation and RF upconversion. "A critical component of the 'just for me TV' future is the ability to offer the viewer more flexibility and control with enhanced services such as VOD and nPVR," said Guy de Beer, NSG Product Marketing Manager for Harmonic Inc. "The NSG 9000 provides a new level of density and performance for on-demand delivery that bridges the IP narrowcast backbone and traditional HFC network. Well over 1,000 concurrent narrowcast streams can be delivered by one system, depending on the bit-rates of the video, giving cable operators unprecedented levels of scalability and value. The NSG, in conjunction with the industry-leading DiviCom® standard and high definition encoders and the newly released ProStream™1000 with Mentor™ re-encoding technology, enables operators to efficiently implement a switched broadcast service, allowing almost an infinite channel line-up and permitting multiple subscribers in the same service group to simultaneously view a channel without affecting the reliability or security of other on-demand services." Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT)

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