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June 16, 2008

Octasic Announces Video Software Enhancement to Vocallo Media Gateway Chip

By Tim Gray, TMCnet Web Editor


Media processing solutions player Octasic (News - Alert) today announced its first significant enhancement to the Vocallo product family for designers of enterprise IP communication servers and media gateways.
The Montreal-base company designed the upgrades to help enhance enterprises ability to combine voice and video on the same platform while still benefiting from Octasic’s algorithms, according to Frédéric Bourget, Octasic’s director of product management.
“For both enterprise communication server manufacturers and core gateway manufacturers, video is a fast growing application,” said Frédéric Bourget, Octasic’s director of product management.
Vocallo was the industry’s first digital signal processor (DSP) based on an asynchronousarchitecture that delivers high performance-to-power ratio. This level of performance has been attained without the need for hardware acceleration allowing a completely soft implementation of simultaneous voice and video applications on a general purpose DSP core.
“In today’s market, no other media gateway DSP provider can offer integrated voice and video on a single chip without expensive, third party software,” said Bourget. “Because the fully integrated Vocallo platform offers a complete software solution, our customers can quickly develop leading edge video capabilities without adding significant cost.
As a result, media gateway providers and enterprise communication equipment manufacturers can now offer to their customers – at an affordable cost – a complete solution based on a single platform, he added.
The video software enhancement is expected to offers the same benefits as Vocallo already provides voice quality. Vocallo can trans-code large numbers of video streams, while maintaining video quality on error-prone and bandwidth-constrained wireless networks.
All Vocallo video codecs include error resilience and concealment, minimizing the effects of packet loss. Vocallo’s new video enhancement software includes support for industry standards, including H.263, MPEG-4 and H.264. In addition, Vocallo’s unique, proprietary bit rate controller provides superior video quality on low bandwidth connections – such as those found in mobile networks.
"Octasic is in the right place at the right time with Vocallo," said Nick Lippis, founder and president of Lippis Enterprises. “As IP video is being massively consumed on the internet and within corporations, IT managers are struggling to bulk up their infrastructure to follow. Octasic may be the only fabless semiconductor vendor offering a product to communication server manufacturers that allows them to approach video from multiple platforms.”
The Vocallo video software enhancement is available immediately as part of the Vocallo media gateway product.
Octasic also announced it has begun sampling its Vocallo multi-core gateway DSP platform, which provides unparalleled value for voice and video over IP applications.
“We worked closely with our customers to design a platform on which they can develop the new generation of media gateway and enterprise IP communication servers,” said Bourget. “We are now seeing intense interest from developers who require a complete, cost-effective solution that meets their product design challenges.”
Sangoma Technologies (News - Alert) has chosen Vocallo to develop an accelerator card targeted at PC based telephony. “We are excited to use Vocallo in our next generation products” said David Mandelstam (News - Alert) of Sangoma Technologies Corporation. “Octasic has always delivered superior quality products, with unmatched performance and power. Vocallo will allow us to expand our business into new markets.”
Tim Gray is a Web Editor for TMCnet, covering news in the IP communications, call center and customer relationship management industries. To see more of his articles, please visit Tim Gray’s columnist page.

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