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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).

Motorola’s VIAMOTO to use Rhetorical Speech Syn. Tech.

December 17, 2003


Companies team up to deliver superior in-car navigation leveraging the power of GPS-enabled mobile phones.

Scotland – December 15th, 2003 – Rhetorical, a leading developer of text-to-speech technology, today announced an agreement with Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) to provide speech synthesis software for use with Motorola’s VIAMOTO products. Motorola’s VIAMOTO products and solutions allow consumers to easily access location-specific information and turn-by-turn directions on wireless devices.

Offering a wide range of voices in different languages, regional accents, and speaking styles, Rhetorical’s text-to-speech engine rVoice produces voice guidance instructions that are created and delivered to a GPS-enabled mobile phone with both speakerphone capability and VIAMOTO software. A desirable alternative to standard in-car navigation systems utilizing permanently installed CD-ROM software, customers rely on the VIAMOTO system with rVoice technology for concise, up-to-date voice guidance contributing to easy and confidant navigation both in and out of the vehicle.

VIAMOTO users select their destination in one of three ways; either by calling an operator, using the phone keypad, or through a web interface. The voice directions for a route are then determined by VIAMOTO servers, downloaded and stored in the phone. The directions from the current GPS location to the destination are then automatically read to the user along the route.

“This agreement reflects our growing reputation in the US and showcases Rhetorical as a key player in the text to speech market,” said Marc Moens, CEO of Rhetorical. “We have worked hard to make sure we have the best text-to-speech system and we are delighted that Motorola has chosen to work with Rhetorical.”

The VIAMOTO solution is currently launching nationwide in the United States with AVIS rent a car where users can experience state of the art voice navigation through the “Avis Assist” option when they hire a vehicle. The Avis Assist service is currently available for rent in more than 20 US cities including Dallas, Washington D.C., Boston, and Newark.