SOURCE: Octasic inc.

June 16, 2008 08:30 ET

Octasic Announces Video Software Enhancement to Vocallo Media Gateway Chip

Simultaneous Voice and Video Support Provides Industry's Most Cost-Effective Solution

MONTREAL--(Marketwire - June 16, 2008) - Octasic Inc., a leading innovator of media processing solutions, today announced a significant enhancement to the Vocallo product family. Designers of enterprise IP communication servers and media gateways can now combine voice and video on the same platform -- while benefiting from Octasic's renowned high quality algorithms.

Vocallo is the industry's first digital signal processor (DSP) based on an asynchronous architecture that delivers the highest performance-to-power ratio available today. This level of performance has been attained without the need for hardware acceleration allowing a completely soft implementation of simultaneous voice and video applications on a general purpose DSP core. As a result, media gateway providers and enterprise communication equipment manufacturers can now offer to their customers -- at an affordable cost -- a complete solution based on a single platform. (See related release on Vocallo chip delivery.)

"For both enterprise communication server manufacturers and core gateway manufacturers, video is a fast growing application," said Frédéric Bourget, Octasic's director of product management. "In today's market, no other media gateway DSP provider can offer integrated voice and video on a single chip without expensive, third party software. Because the fully integrated Vocallo platform offers a complete software solution, our customers can quickly develop leading edge video capabilities without adding significant cost."

Much in the same way Vocallo already provides pristine voice quality, the video software enhancement offers the same benefits. Vocallo can trans-code large numbers of video streams, while maintaining video quality on error-prone and bandwidth-constrained wireless networks. All Vocallo video codecs include error resilience and concealment, minimizing the effects of packet loss. Vocallo's new video enhancement software includes support for industry standards, including H.263, MPEG-4 and H.264. In addition, Vocallo's unique, proprietary bit rate controller provides superior video quality on low bandwidth connections -- such as those found in mobile networks.

"Octasic is in the right place at the right time with Vocallo," said Nick Lippis, founder and president of Lippis Enterprises, Inc. "As IP video is being massively consumed on the internet and within corporations, IT managers are struggling to bulk up their infrastructure to follow. Octasic may be the only fabless semiconductor vendor offering a product to communication server manufacturers that allows them to approach video from multiple platforms."


The Vocallo video software enhancement is available immediately as part of the Vocallo media gateway product.

About Octasic

Octasic Inc. provides media processing silicon and software solutions for converged carrier, enterprise and terminal communication equipment manufacturers worldwide. The company's solutions are based on Opus, the industry's first commercial asynchronous DSP core with unmatched power and space savings that significantly reduces total system cost. Leveraging a unique combination of application expertise and silicon technology, Octasic is able to work closely with telecom equipment manufacturers to provide complete industry leading solutions. Founded in 1998, Octasic is a privately-held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada. For more information, please visit

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