Ambarella, Inc., the leader in high definition (HD) video compression semiconductors, today announced that Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ: HLIT), a leading provider of digital video and broadband access solutions to cable, satellite, telecom and terrestrial operators worldwide, selected the Ambarella A2 Encoder platform for its DiviCom® Electra™ MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) HD and SD  encoders. The Ambarella A2 processor can encode full 1080ix1920 resolution HD in a single chip and enables the design of broadcast encoders with increased picture quality while the low power and high integration allows a reduced form factor and power consumption.

“Ambarella and Harmonic have a close working relationship with a proven track record of excellence. Harmonic has leveraged this unique joint expertise to offer a H.264 video compression architecture that dramatically reduces bit-rates while delivering superior picture quality. The Ambarella A2 processor replaces previous core silicon allowing greater programming flexibility, higher power efficiency and unmatched channel density.  As a result, Harmonic’s new DiviCom Electra H.264 encoders enable our customers to deliver best-in-class services and enhanced viewing experiences,” said David Price, Vice President of Product Marketing and Communications for Harmonic Inc. 

“We have known and worked with Harmonic, a market leader in video compression, for more than ten years and are pleased to again supply enabling technology for their superior encoding solutions,” said Dr. Fermi Wang, CEO of Ambarella. “Harmonic’s selection of the A2 platform confirms that Ambarella’s single chip H.264 HD processor is the highest quality real time platform available, and that its flexibility enables differentiation by partners who need to deliver the best video quality.”

Ambarella’s A-2 platform provides a family of solutions covering the full range of H.264 AVC encoding requirements for Satellite Cable and IP Network broadcasting both at standard and high definition. Ambarella’s solution delivers the promise of H.264 AVC as the broadcast format that will replace MPEG-2 with greater than twofold increase in compression efficiency. For more information on the Ambarella A2 platform please visit www.ambarella.com.

About Harmonic Inc.
Harmonic Inc. is a leading provider of versatile and high performance video solutions that enable service providers to efficiently deliver the next generation of broadcast and on-demand services including high definition, video-on-demand, network personal video recording and time-shifted TV. Cable, satellite, broadcast and telecom service providers can increase revenues and lower operational expenditures by using Harmonic’s digital video, broadband optical access and software solutions to offer consumers the compelling and personalized viewing experience that is driving the business models of the future.

Harmonic 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.