November 9, 2004
Freescale Semiconductor announced the availability of a new Video and Voice over-IP (V2IP) platform based on its i.MX21 processor optimized for WiFi and wired devices.
Freescale Semiconductor (NYSE:FSL) is delivering a new video and voice over-IP (V2IP) platform to enable rapid development of devices supporting emerging multimedia services over the Internet Protocol. Freescale, Trinity Convergence, RADVISION and Metrowerks have collaborated to design, port and optimize a complete V2IP solution for the Freescale i.MX21 multimedia applications processor using the Linux operating system.
This platform will, for example, allow a video phone call in progress over a WiFi over-IP handheld to be converted into a videoconference on demand, which can then be extended to a local television set for sharing with a wider audience.
Video and audio is processed, encoded, decoded and processed again based on the Freescale multimedia features portfolio. This includes H.263 and MPEG-4 video, JPEG imaging, audio codecs, mirroring, zooming, rotation and more. The VeriCall Edge modular framework from Trinity Convergence provides voice processing for G.711, G.729, G.723 and AMR codecs, voice and video synchronization, SIP call control, and integrates the latest RADVISION H.323 v.4 call control stack with a full suite of H.450 supplementary services that provides stable protocol management and efficient two-way communication over IP.
The Freescale platform incorporates video encode and decode hardware acceleration and low-power, high-quality, real-time videoconferencing. The i.MX21 30 frames-per-second CIF resolution has very few rivals in the low-power mobile market, according to the company.
Freescale believes its customers can create and launch a new V2IP wired or wireless device in just a few months. The beta release of the V2IP platform is available for lead customers and partners. Interoperability testing (IOT) is due to be completed before end of the year and the first customer device based on the V2IP platform is expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2005.
Freescale became a publicly traded company in July 2004 after more than 50 years as part of Motorola, Inc (NYSE:MOT). The company is based in Austin, Texas, and has design, research and development, manufacturing or sales operations in more than 30 countries. Freescale Semiconductor’s 2003 sales were $4.9 billion (US).