Harmonic transforms video delivery, bringing Ultra HD and Intelligent Function Integration to New Electra™ X Advanced Media Processor family.

February 3, 2015

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today launched the latest generation of its market-leading Electra™ product line, the Electra X family of advanced media processors for broadcast and multiscreen content delivery. As the world's first encoder family to support graphics, branding and playout functionalities, as well as industry-leading video quality and full-frame Ultra HD (UHD) live encoding, Electra X revolutionizes video delivery.

Powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™, Electra X appliance-based media processors boost video compression efficiency across an extensive range of formats and codecs — including MPEG-2, AVC, and HEVC codecs — over CBR, VBR, and ABR encoding schemes to support a broad array of devices from handhelds to UHD TV. Already deployed by Harmonic customers, the multicodec and multiformat nature of Electra X makes it well suited to solve the video processing challenges of broadcast, cable, satellite, and telco operators today and in the future.

Integrating real-time SD and HD encoding, high-quality graphics, branding, and playout functionality, the Electra X2 media processor unifies market-leading video quality, unparalleled function integration, and increased operational flexibility in a single 1-RU appliance. Utilizing this next-generation media processing system, video content and service providers can dramatically simplify their infrastructures, reduce costs, and drive new revenue-generating services, while delivering superior video quality at the lowest possible bit rate.

For operators and service providers that want to deliver UHD video quality at the lowest bit rates, Harmonic also announced the Electra X3 advanced media processor. This media processor exploits the power of the Harmonic PURE compression engine to also deliver real-time, broadcast-ready content, supporting UHD formats up to 2160p60 (HEVC Main 10 profile). Unlike other UHD compression solutions on the market, which contain multiple logical encoders, the Electra X3 is the industry's first production-ready, full-frame UHD encoder in a single 2-RU appliance. Consequently, the Electra X3 integrates easily into existing workflows and boasts lower power consumption for additional TCO benefits.

Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT)

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