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Video Enhanced Telephony — Part II

In last months issue we explored video enhanced telephony and how new IMS services can be quickly delivered on standards such as 3GPP/3GPP2. Now let’s focus our attention on some specific examples of products that are taking a lead role in this market.

Recently Dialogic (News - Alert) ( introduced the latest technology in their growing line of multi-media product portfolio. The Dialogic® Multimedia Kit for PCIe (MMK) expands the scope of Dialogic’s multimedia product offerings into the PCIExpress (PCIe) form factor, enabling customers to build advanced video telephony solutions such as video portals, ring back tones, multimedia conferencing, and unified messaging over 3G wireless and IP networks using standard protocols for session and media control. The MMK can be the basis for advanced video telephony servers and gateways with features such as video transcoding, image manipulation, video conferencing and text overlay, taking advantage of the price/performance benefits offered by the Dialogic® Host Media Processing (HMP) Software technology. The MMK will support 120 ports per RMS and 250 ports of basic video without transcoding. The board has a range of network interfaces such as IP with SIP-based connection control, TDM using 1x, 2x, 4xE1, 8x PCIe HIBs, and 3G-324M over E1 or IP.

The product has a standard PCI-E interface and can easily be designed into a server to deliver a Media server (Converged, IP) or Video gateway with voice and video transcoding for connecting to IP endpoints and streaming servers. See:

Developer Final Score

MMK for PCIe supports the Media Server Markup Language (MSML) media control interface for building distributed solutions, allowing applications to run on the same server as MMK or on a separate application server. This allows a developer to rapidly create new services that run on remote application servers in a distributed environment. Developers will need to learn a new API and usage model, but the breadth of new features that the MMK brings will provide a foundation for application developers in the Video enhanced telephony space. IT


Jeff Hudgins is VP of Product Management at NEI, Inc. Visit the company online at

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