Harmonic intros smallest 4x4 segmentable optical node for cable networks

May 4, 2010
MAY 4, 2010 -- Harmonic Inc. has introduced the PWRBlazer 3142E, a compact 4x4 scalable optical node designed to address the need for a dense, cost-effective node with forward and return path flexibility.

MAY 4, 2010 -- Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT) has introduced the PWRBlazer 3142E, a compact 4x4 scalable optical node designed to address 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 video on demand, data, or telephony, Harmonic asserts.

"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.

Harmonic says the optical node is 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 company adds. The housing supports a 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.

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