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Freescale Processor Enables V2IP — Video and Voice over IP

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).

PointOne Managed IP Readies VoIP

July 15, 2004

 

StarPoint IP™ Provides More Reliable Phone Service than Non-Facilities Based Alternatives; Cable Operators Provide Local Presence

AUSTIN, July 14, 2004 — PointOne today announced details of its StarPoint IP™ service, which is bringing superior residential and SOHO Internet Voice services over the largest managed Voice over IP network in North America. PointOne is teaming with regional cable operators to provide local facilities-based VoIP services to consumers accustomed to reliable and high-quality phone services.

The service, available as StarPoint IP™ Home and StarPoint IP™ Office, will be delivered through cable operators to ensure the highest Quality of Service (QoS) and provide consumers with a local presence.

PointOne has invested over $100 million in developing a facilities-based network that covers 75% of the U.S. population with a privately managed IP network, which ensures end-to-end network performance rivaling the public switched network. PointOne’s converged voice and data IP network will in most cases carry the entire phone call without touching the public Internet, ensuring that it can constantly maintain quality and performance.

“Broadband communications has evolved to the point where VoIP is ready for prime time, so long as service providers deliver the same quality and reliability that consumers have come to expect from the public phone system,” said Mike Holloway, president and CEO of PointOne. “With PointOne’s network behind it, StarPoint IP™ will become the platform for new voice and enhanced applications that are only possible over an IP-based network.”

The ubiquity of the Internet makes it possible for entrepreneurs to offer hosted VoIP services with no investment in networking and operations infrastructure. But such services, which are being announced on an almost weekly basis, do not have the ability to guarantee – or even monitor — consistent quality and reliability. Because local broadband suppliers are not involved in providing the service, such services likely dilute network performance in local areas as subscribers increase.

PointOne is teaming with cable operators throughout the U.S. to provide superior IP phone service to their customers, along with locally set rates, service and installation.“StarPoint IP provides a complete turnkey solution for cable providers,” said Sam Shiffman Executive Vice President of PointOne. “We provide a server at the cable head end that connects the cable provider’s network to the PointOne network to ensure a managed connection and assured bandwidth. This delivers the highest quality of service currently available in the industry.”

StarPoint IP™ will deliver a full range of robust features to residential and SOHO customers, including long distance; local service with e911, directory assistance and operator services; enhanced features including call waiting, call return, call forward, caller ID/ID block; voice mail; 3 – way calling, conferencing; and a service provider web portal.

In addition, StarPoint IP™ Office will include abbreviated dialing; call hunt; reservation-less and multi-way conferencing; an Auto Attendant to receive incoming calls via an automated voice response system that provides directory listing and automatic call forwarding based on user extension; and free fax line.