Harmonic Introduces Universal Optical Transmitter to Economically Unlock HFC Network Bandwidth

Thursday, October 21, 2010

SUPRALink™ Universal DWDM Transmitter Supports Full Range of HFC Transmission Applications at Price Point of Conventional 1310 nm Transmitter Technology

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) today introduced the SUPRALink™ Universal Transmitter, a cost-effective and highly versatile 16-wavelength 1550 nm dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) solution that improves efficiency and lowers costs for the complete range of forward HFC transmission applications. This full-band solution is able to cover the entire RF spectrum, enabling cable operators to flexibly support virtually any forward transmission need. Service providers deploying the SUPRALink Universal Transmitter can avoid the need for new fiber installations to support additional segmentation and commercial services applications, a significant benefit that shortens time-to-market for new services in addition to reducing costs.

In a typical installation, SUPRALink can be as low as one tenth of the cost of alternative solutions that require new fiber. It is comparable in cost to 1310 nm systems thanks to its optimized direct-modulated DWDM technology, while its 1550 nm-based design extends fiber reach out to 70 km. This dense solution is used with Harmonic’s existing HFC platform and is compatible with existing deployed nodes.

“The new Harmonic SUPRALink Universal Transmitter is a ‘one stop shop’ transmitter for cable operators, a solution uniquely able to support virtually all HFC architectures,” said Gil Katz, Senior Director of Cable Solutions and Strategy at Harmonic Inc. “The SUPRALink Universal Transmitter can also be used in conjunction with an outdoor hub and is able to support a RFOG ecosystem at a lower cost than current transmission solutions. This latest innovation in Harmonic’s history of groundbreaking HFC leadership extends reach and frees up bandwidth for new revenue-generating services – all while reducing capital expenditures for operators.”

Harmonic’s SUPRALink Universal Transmitter and its full portfolio of HFC transport solutions will be on display at Harmonic’s booth #1251 during SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in New Orleans, October 20-22.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. offers a comprehensive, innovative and market-leading portfolio of video infrastructure solutions, spanning content production to multi-screen video delivery. Harmonic customers can efficiently create, prepare and deliver differentiated video services over broadcast, cable, Internet, mobile, satellite and telecom networks, while simplifying end-to-end asset management, reducing costs and streamlining workflows.

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is headquartered in San Jose, California with R&D, sales and system integration centers worldwide. The company’s customers—including each of the top 20 Fortune 2000 media companies—choose Harmonic to enable their high quality video services delivered to consumers in virtually every country. Visit www.harmonicinc.com for more information.

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This press release may contain 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: shortening time-to-market for new services in addition to reducing costs; freeing up bandwidth for new revenue-generating services and reducing capital expenditures for operators.

Our expectations and beliefs regarding the capabilities of Harmonic’s SUPRALink™ Universal Transmitter and the anticipated benefits for cable operators 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.