SOURCE: Harmonic Inc.

Harmonic Inc.

May 04, 2010 04:30 ET

Harmonic Introduces World's Smallest 4x4 Segmentable Optical Node for Cable Networks

New PWRBlazer™ 3142E Optical Node Enables Operators to Easily Scale Networks and Lower Costs

COLOGNE, GERMANY--(Marketwire - May 4, 2010) - ANGA Cable Stand #H39 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today introduced the PWRBlazer™ 3142E, a compact 4x4 scalable optical node that addresses the need for a dense, cost-effective node with forward and return path flexibility. Redundancy and four-way segmentation options, offered in both forward and return paths, enable the PWRBlazer 3142E to economically deliver today's broadcast services as well as support additional narrowcast services such as VOD, data or telephony. The PWRBlazer 3142E, like Harmonic's other scalable and environmentally hardened optical nodes, streamlines the process of segmenting the hub-to-home section of the cable network in order to increase the effective bandwidth to and from the subscriber.

"The new PWRBlazer 3142E provides operators with greater density and flexibility to facilitate a wide variety of configurations. Cable MSOs can more easily segment their networks without the significant capital expenditures associated with new plant constructions," said Harry Chou, Senior Director of HFC Product Marketing for Harmonic Inc.

Ideal for fiber-deep architectures and distribution applications, the PWRBlazer 3142E is easy to configure and includes an ergonomic, rugged, die-cast aluminum housing. The housing supports an easy-to-use fiber management system, dual AC input buses (for redundant network powering), optional backup power pack, RF output module and motherboard. The RF module supports four high-level outputs, power-passing capability, and four-way segmentation in both the forward and return paths. A return mute switch in each RF return path enables operators to individually isolate the source of ingress. An optional status-monitoring transponder allows remote monitoring to ensure network reliability.

Harmonic's award-winning video stream processing, edge and HFC access systems are deployed by cable operators around the world to power their TV services. The comprehensive portfolio of Harmonic cable solutions will be on display at ANGA Cable 2010, stand #H39, taking place in Cologne, Germany from May 4-6.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is redefining video delivery with the industry's most powerful solutions for delivering live and on-demand video to TVs, PCs and mobile devices. Harmonic's technical innovation and market leadership enable the company to offer a unique and comprehensive solution portfolio -- including encoding, transcoding, content preparation, stream processing, asset management, edge processing, and delivery. Broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom service providers around the world choose Harmonic's IP-based digital video, software, and broadband edge and access solutions. Using these award-winning and industry-leading solutions, operators can reduce costs and differentiate their services by offering consumers a higher quality, personalized multi-screen experience.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The company's customers, including many of the world's largest communications providers, deliver services in virtually every country. Visit www.harmonicinc.com for more information. 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27(A) of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements related to: facilitating a wide variety of configurations, and more easily segmenting networks without the significant capital expenditures associated with new plant constructions.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters and the benefits expected from the PWRBlazer 3142E may not materialize, and actual results could differ materially from those projected. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are also subject to other risks and uncertainties, including those more fully described in Harmonic's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its recent Reports filed on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Harmonic does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements.

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