Harmonic Boosts Divicom

Video and audio decoding capabilities are easily integrated into Harmonic's DiviCom Electra and Ion encoders; reduces cost and complexity

April 9, 2008

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT - News) today introduced DiviCom® FLEX™ technology, a new universal video and audio decoding module that delivers on the promise of an all-IP headend by adding video decoding capabilities to Harmonic’s DiviCom Electra® and Ion™ encoders. The new module can be easily inserted into the existing Harmonic encoder chassis for a simple upgrade that enables full IP processing across all headend devices. The dense single platform solution provides operators with a new level of agility with real-time “any–to-any” video and audio format re-encoding. With FLEX technology, service providers can reduce capital expenses, power consumption, and overall system cost while maintaining the video quality excellence that is a hallmark of Harmonic’s compression solutions.

FLEX also offers IP input functionality that further enables deployment of geographically distributed headend architectures and allows operators to source content from IP networks or IP-ready RF demodulators/descramblers. The DiviCom FLEX solution supports MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) streams in both high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) formats, and supports reuse of incoming stream information.

“Our broadcast, cable, satellite and telco customers are embracing video over IP technology at a rapid pace, and they are looking to eliminate baseband audio and video wiring, switching, and routing in their operations,” said Elie Sader, Product Marketing Manager at Harmonic Inc. “We are transitioning to a model where content is acquired over IP networks or IP-enabled devices, and then translated into formats suitable for the operator’s delivery platform. Harmonic’s FLEX technology, combined with the Electra and Ion encoders, enables a fully IP-based infrastructure across the entire video processing chain from content acquisition to re-transmission. The integrated solution provides our customers a powerful tool that lowers the cost and complexity of headend operations.”

In a separate release:

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT - News) today announced a highly innovative approach to low resolution encoding for mobile video on its best-in-class DiviCom® Electra® MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) compression platform. By applying its expertise and best practices in broadcast encoding, Harmonic can provide superior video quality at ultra-low bit-rates in formats including QVGA and SIF with the Electra 5400 standard definition (SD) H.264 encoders. This solution is ideal for lower resolution applications such as video delivery to automobiles via satellite transmission or IP-based streaming to the PC and handheld devices. The expansion in functionality and feature set of Harmonic’s technically distinguished, market-leading Electra encoders enables Harmonic to provide its service provider customers in rapidly growing mobile markets with higher quality, lower bandwidth solutions.

“Support for additional resolutions brings Harmonic’s world-class encoding and statistical multiplexing expertise to the mobile video market,” said JC Morizur, Director of Digital Video Product Marketing at Harmonic Inc. “Harmonic introduced an innovative solution in 2005 with the Electra platform, the industry’s first multi-service encoder supporting up to four channels of full resolution video alongside four simultaneous low resolution outputs for applications such as picture-in-picture and multi-channel mosaics. Now, operators can utilize this proven platform to offer advanced, revenue generating services including the transmission of live, broadcast quality video via satellite to automobiles and video streaming over IP networks.”

Harmonic Inc. (Nasdaq: HLIT)

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