Polycom Selects Equator BSP-15 to Power VSX 7000 Video Conferencing

10/8/2003 - Equator Technologies, Inc., a leader in programmable system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for digital media, surveillance and video communication applications, announced its inclusion in the new VSX 7000 video-conferencing system from Polycom, Inc., the world's leader in video and voice conferencing, web collaboration and conferencing bridges. Based on the Equator BSP-15 processor, programmed for H.264 video compression and processing, the new Polycom VSX 7000 redefines the quality and performance standards of an entry-level video conferencing system and is designed to help drive wider adoption of video conferencing.

Key to driving wider adoption, the Polycom VSX 7000 delivers the benefit of the H.264 video compression algorithm, which delivers significantly enhanced video quality over lower bandwidth. By delivering higher quality with less bandwidth requirements, H.264 makes business-quality video conferencing more affordable and accessible to businesses. This technology is partly enabled by the programmability of the Equator processor, which also handles audio compression, system applications and manages communication resources.

"The programmability that Equator processors provide enabled us to quickly develop a new video conferencing system with top-quality features that customers are requesting," said Ed Ellett, senior vice president and general manager of video communications for Polycom. "The flexibility of the platform enabled us to streamline our design, using only one type of processor to handle all system, application and codec needs."

"The power and flexibility of our platform enables our customers to incorporate new standards and applications as they emerge," stated John O'Donnell, CTO of Equator. "We are proud to be a part of Polycom's VSX 7000 and assisting the company in getting to market fast with the most advanced H.264 technology available. We look forward to working with Polycom in the future to develop great new video and voice communications technologies."

About the Equator BSP-15 Processor
Equator's BSP-15 processor is a 100 percent C/C++ programmable, system-on-a-chip solution that is based on proprietary VLIW architecture. The BSP-15 processor is unmatched as a multi-format media-processing engine, with a list of supported codecs that includes Windows Media 9 Series (in standard definition and 720p high definition), H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, RealVideo, DivX, H.263, H.263+, and VP6. The BSP-15 processor unifies host processor functionalities with media processing capabilities, SDRAM and PCI interfaces, a DES engine, and a rich multimedia. I/O system to meet all of the system needs of high performance digital media applications. With this flexible platform, Consumer Electronics OEMs can choose use the BSP-15 processor as either the industry's most powerful media accelerator in a co-processor environment or in single-chip designs to reduce system cost.

About Equator Technologies, Inc.
Equator Technologies is a provider of high-performance, programmable and power-efficient system-on-a-chip (SoC) processors for video streaming and image processing applications. Equator offers its proprietary BSP family of chips, iMMediaTools(r) software development toolkit, media libraries and reference platforms to more than 180 customers worldwide. Equator's video-centric SoC solutions are available for digital media, digital video communications and video security and surveillance applications. Founded in 1996, Equator is a privately held company headquartered in Campbell, California, with additional offices worldwide. More information about Equator is available online at www.equator.com.

About Polycom
Polycom, Inc. is the world's technology leader of high-quality, easy-to-use video, voice, data and web conferencing and collaboration solutions. The Polycom Office(tm) is our continued commitment to make distance communications as natural and interactive as being there by providing best-in-class conferencing solutions that are interoperable, integrated and intuitive to the user. The Polycom Office is based on industry standards and supported by an open architecture that promotes interoperability in multi-vendor environments and complements leading network infrastructure platforms. For additional information, call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom web site at www.polycom.com.

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. Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks and Polycom Office and Polycom VSX are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries.

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