Video Communication Systems (VCS) Selects Equator’s BSP Family of Chips for Next-generation Digital CCTV Solutions

9/10/2002 - Equator Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip processors for video streaming and image processing applications, and Video Communication Systems AG, an industry leader in digital data transmission for security and safety applications, announced a complete portfolio of next generation digital CCTV solutions on Equator's BSPTM family of high-performance Broadband Signal Processor chips.

"We are particularly pleased to be working with VCS in view of the broad product range VCS supplies to the video surveillance market worldwide and, in particular, their leadership in video over IP technology," commented Dr. Avi Katz, CEO of Equator Technologies. "As the world rapidly changes from analog to digital video surveillance systems, VCS is ideally positioned to offer complete end-to-end solutions based around Equator's BSP-15 technology. This total system approach further illustrates Equator's mission to provide the highest performance video processing engines, platforms and solutions — from pixels to packets."

"The performance and flexibility provided through Equator's BSP-15 engine is of paramount importance to us. Our worldwide customers expect the best video quality at the lowest data rates. In order to cater to the market demand, we need the highest processing power available for full-frame rate MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 solutions," said chief executive officer Dr. Michael Gilge, VCS. "The flexibility of Equator's chip will allow us to always upgrade the technology by providing additional features to our customers, for example in the field of video analysis and biometry."

Based on Equator's BSP-15 chip, VCS will introduce a range of products for video transmission and recording. The first products are an MPEG-4 video server/recorder (DVR) for transmission and recording of four-simultaneous, non-multiplexed cameras over Ethernet, PSTN, ISDN and Wireless LAN and an MPEG-2/4 video server/recorder (DVR) for transmission and recording of eight simultaneous non-multiplexed video channels over Ethernet.

Both products will be showcased at the upcoming 'Security' show in Essen, Germany, from October 8-10, 2002. 'Security' is Europe's largest show for CCTV and security related products.

About Video Communication Systems AG (
VCS was founded in 1995 and has since then pioneered the field of remote video surveillance. Based on the latest compression technology, live video and associated audio data is transmitted efficiently over existing networks. Today, VCS is a leading provider of networked video solutions. VCS' mission is to revolutionize the field of CCTV (closed circuit television). Driven by the slogan 'The network is the multiplexer,' VCS pushes the envelope of technology and introduces digital networked product into a market still largely dominated by analog products and dedicated wiring. Well on the way to being a global player, the Nuremberg Company has distributors and OEM partners all over the world. VCS' product portfolio includes video alarm systems, video servers, IP cameras and software for playback, storage and management of video and audio sequences in networks. In addition the company offers customers OEM units and software development kits (SDKs) to expand their own product lines. All VCS solutions are compatible with current computer systems and data networks. With over 30,000 products installed on a world-wide basis, VCS is recognized for state-of-the-art technology and quality. VCS is a privately held company located in Nuremberg, Germany.

About Equator Technologies (
Equator Technologies is a leading provider of high-performance, programmable, power-efficient system-on-a-chip processors designed for video streaming and image processing applications across a wide range of consumer and enterprise end markets. Equator offers the BSP family of Broadband Signal Processor chips, the iMMediaTools® software development toolkit, media libraries, and reference platforms for development and deployment of video streaming and video processing systems. With more than 150 customers worldwide, Equator provides solutions to the digital media, digital video communications, video security and surveillance, digital imaging, and automotive video markets. Based on a high-performance VLIW core and optimized for video processing, the BSP-15 family of chips delivers up to 40 GOPS of video processing power. Utilizing Equator's optimizing compiler technology; BSP-15 chips are 100% programmable in C/C++, enabling rapid deployment and field upgradeability of new applications and devices. A software programmable BSP-15 chip can replace multiple fixed-function ASICs, thereby reducing both complexity and cost of system designs. Winner of the "2001 Fabless Semiconductor Association Best Financial Performer - Private Company" award and picked by Cahners Research as the top private company on the list of 30 best small electronics companies, Equator is a recognized leader in video processing solutions. Founded in 1996, Equator is a privately held company headquartered in Campbell, Calif., with additional offices worldwide.

The following are trademarks of Equator Technologies, Inc., and may be used to identify Equator products only: Equator, the Equator logo, Equator Around, the Equator Around logo, MAP, MAP1000, MAP1000A, MAP-CA, MAP Series, BSP, FIRtree, DataStreamer, DS, iMMediaC, iMMediaTools, iMMediaToolsLite, Media Intrinsics, VersaPort, SofTV, StingRay, Dolphin, and Tetra. The following are trademarks of VCS AG and may be used to identify VCS' products only: VCS, the VCS logo, VICO, VideoJet, PhoneJet, PROVI, PROVIDo, PROVILook, PROVIStore, PROVILite, VIDOS, and 'Communicate your Vision'

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