Kane Computing Offers New Videophone Development Platform

4/8/2005 - Kane Computing have recently been appointed the European distributor and support centre for Wintech, the company partnering with Texas Instruments in the recent Videophone Development Platform (VDP) launch.

The Video Development Platform (VDP) is a comprehensive development platform including the hardware and software needed to bring consumer broadband videophones to market faster with a complete development platform for designing point-to-point IP-based videophone systems.

Traditional barriers to adoption of videophones include jerky video quality and high unit cost. However, the introduction of new video codecs which require half the bandwidth for video transfers, the continuing penetration of IP broadband connectivity and the availability of single-chip encode and decode implementation has overcome these last-mile barriers.

"The VDP provides developers with the tools necessary to create viable and commercially ready IP-based video client devices," said David Dong, president, Wintech. "Instead of spending months integrating different software algorithms, developers begin the development process starting with high-quality video and tight audio/video sync, enabling them to focus on product differentiating features, such as the user interface and out-of-box experience."

The key to the flexibility of the VDP is the programmable foundation of the DM643 digital media processor, which enables OEMs to customise the entire design, from codec to user interface and to create different product families and price lines based on the same platform. The VDP incorporates industry protocol standards so products developed with the VDP are able to interoperate with other videophones and the existing IP infrastructure. Likewise, the VDP uses complementary TI analog technology, including the TVP5150 video decoder and AIC23 audio codec, to enable the highest video and audio quality possible.

The VDP includes all the software necessary to evaluate, design and test video telephony endpoints, including video and voice codecs, integrated reference frameworks, communications stack and network protocols.

The Video Development Platform (VDP) is the first to use the H.264 codec to encode/decode real time CIF video on a single DSP. The H.264 standard can achieve 50% coding gain over MPEG-2, 47% coding gain over H.263 baseline and 24% coding gain over H.263 high profile encoders.

Wintech Digital Systems Technology Corp. is an embedded video communication solution provider and DSP development tool provider. It has developed DSP development platforms, target boards, emulators and DSP application softwares. Wintech has also developed DM64xTM based video communication solutions. Wintech is a member of TI's (Texas Instruments) worldwide DSP third party program and a third party partner of Intel and Microsoft.

Kane Computing Ltd
7 Theatre Court, London Road,
Northwich, Cheshire, Cw9 5HB.
Web: www.kanecomputing.co.uk

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