Titanic Footage Surfaces with VBrick Streams and TI's High-Performance DSP

6/9/2004 - Demonstrating the full potential of streaming video technology, students and researchers around the world can now follow Dr. Bob Ballard's return expedition to the Titanic with VBrick Systems' technology, June 4-9, 2004. Using the power of the Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) (NYSE: TXN) high-performance TMS320C6203 digital signal processor, VBrick Systems enables live and on-demand MPEG-4 video footage to be compressed and streamed to the Internet in real-time on www.explorethesea.com.

"Through our involvement with The Immersion Project it is possible to bring new educational experiences to settings, such as camps and Boys and Girls Clubs,” said Rich Mavrogeanes, founder and chief technology officer, VBrick Systems. “It is a testimony to how innovations in technology are enriching educational opportunities for students around the world."

The RMS Titanic hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912, and sank 2-1/2 hours later, taking 1,523 passengers and crew with her to the bottom. On this voyage Ballard will be examining how the wreck has withstood both natural changes and human exploration since he first discovered and mapped it in 1985.

The EtherneTV Media Distribution System is the world's first complete system for the delivery of live and stored television over IP networks to both desktops and TVs. Based on ISO MPEG industry standards and comprised of integrated VBrick video components controlled by an intuitive user interface, EtherneTV makes it easy to manage and distribute live or recorded video to and from any classroom, boardroom or office.

EtherneTV is based on TI's TMS320C6203 digital signal processor, which delivers the cost-effective performance VBrick needs to achieve the real-time, MPEG-4 compression that is critical for streaming applications. By using TI’s programmable DSPs and Code Composer Studio™ Integrated Development Environment, new digital media codecs can be added to the system as they evolve without having to change the existing hardware, thus enabling VBrick Systems to upgrade its product without having to start from scratch. VBrick can also to migrate EtherneTV to TI’s highest performing digital media processor, the DM642. This is in stark contrast to using custom-designed voice and video chips which are not upgradeable but rather have hard-wired functionality embedded in silicon, requiring a new chipset to implement new technology requirements.

The Immersion Project is offering an array of entertaining and educational activities about the Titanic expedition. These include:

About Texas Instruments
Texas Instruments Incorporated provides innovative DSP and analog technologies to meet our customers’ real-world signal processing requirements. In addition to Semiconductors, the company’s businesses include Sensors & Controls, and Educational & Productivity Solutions. TI is headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and has manufacturing, design or sales operations in more than 25 countries. Texas Instruments is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol TXN. More information is located on the World Wide Web at www.ti.com.

About VBrick Systems, Inc.
VBrick Systems, Inc. manufactures simple, reliable video solutions that enhance communications and reduce costs for organizations large and small. VBrick enables enterprises to benefit from high quality visual communications through networked video appliances. VBrick MPEG video solutions provide the simplest and most dependable visual communications to businesses, educational institutions and government agencies ranging in use from distributing news and information and distance learning to training and surveillance. Based in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA, VBrick Systems’ products are distributed through industry-leading value-added resellers, system integrators and distributors. Find out more at www.VBrick.com.

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