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March 27th, 2009

digiGO! — Video Decoding Dalliance For Harmonic

Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) has introduced DiviCom® FLEX™ technology, a new universal video and audio decoding module that adds video decoding capabilities to Harmonic's DiviCom Electra® and Ion™ encoders.

Harmonic DiviCom 8000
Harmonic DiviCom 8000 encoder
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. FLEX technology 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. FLEX allows operators to quickly and efficiently launch new services and re-balance current lineups by enabling access to IP and ASI-based content. This solution is ideally suited for telco, cable, broadcast and direct broadcast satellite operators looking for a high quality, multi-format, multi-resolution re-encoding solution. In a single rack-unit (1-RU) chassis, a fully optioned DiviCom Electra encoder with FLEX technology is capable of decoding and re-encoding up to four full resolution HD or SD channels while simultaneously generating up to four low resolution services for picture-in-picture or multi-channel mosaic applications. FLEX also supports pass through of up to eight audio services per video program.