Harmonic is revealing its SupraLink Universal Transmitter at Cable-Tec Expo this week in New Orleans. It's a versatile 16-wavelength 1550 nm DWDM platform that improves efficiency and lowers costs for the complete range of forward HFC transmission applications.

It's a full-band solution, and it is able to cover the entire RF spectrum, enabling cable operators to 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, shortening the time to market for new services and reducing costs.

Harmonic HLP4800 - SupraLink

In a typical installation, Harmonic says, 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 due to its optimized direct-modulated DWDM technology, while its 1550 nm-based design extends fiber reach out to 70 km.

The new platform is used with Harmonic's existing HFC platform and is compatible with existing deployed nodes.

"The SupraLink Universal Transmitter can also be used in conjunction with an outdoor hub and is able to support an RFoG ecosystem at a lower cost than current transmission solutions," says Gil Katz, senior director of cable solutions and strategy at Harmonic. "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."

The SupraLink is on display, along with Harmonic's full portfolio of HFC transport solutions.