Sunday, August 20, 2006

Harmonic Introduces Third generation MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) Encoder

Harmonic introduced the DiviCom Electra 5400, its third generation MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) standard definition (SD) encoder that delivers up to four full resolution SD channels in a one rack-unit package, as well as simultaneous low resolution content for picture-in-picture (PiP), mobile video services or other applications.

The Electra 5400 is aimed at large-scale deployments of telco/IPTV, satellite and DVB-T services. Harmonic said its new encoder sets a new standard for bandwidth efficiency in SD H.264 with bit-rates more than 30 percent lower than H.264 encoders currently deployed. The encoder leverages a new silicon architecture, unique video pre-processing and full multi-pass "LookAhead" compression techniques. In addition, the density of the Electra 5400 allows operators to minimize the number of systems required in the headend infrastructure, thereby reducing capital and operating expenditures.

Over the past two years, Harmonic's DiviCom Electra and Ion multi-channel platforms have been deployed by many of the world's leading operators to power nearly 8,000 channels.