SOURCE: Polycom, Inc.

January 21, 2008 08:30 ET

Polycom Expands Industry-Leading HD Video Portfolio

New HDX 7000 Series Expands Applications for UltimateHD Video Conferencing; Wainhouse Research Lauds Breakthrough Lost Packet Recovery Technology in New Whitepaper

PLEASANTON, CA and SAN DIEGO CA--(Marketwire - January 21, 2008) - Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today expanded its award-winning, high-definition (HD) Polycom HDX video collaboration solutions with the Polycom HDX 7000™ series for small and medium-sized conference rooms. The Polycom HDX 7000 series delivers HD video beyond traditional conference room settings via Polycom's unrivaled UltimateHD™ experience, combining HD video, HD voice and simultaneous HD multimedia content-sharing capabilities. Polycom will showcase the HDX 7000 at the Polycom Global Partner Conference taking place this week in San Diego, Calif.

Polycom also announced availability of a whitepaper produced by Wainhouse Research on the breakthrough Polycom Lost Packet Recovery™ (LPR™) technology, which helps protect IP video calls from the damaging impact of packet loss, providing a more consistent, high-quality experience in typical public and home broadband network environments, where moderate levels of packet loss are common. LPR is currently available on Polycom HDX HD video endpoints, Polycom RealPresence™ Experience (RPX™) and Polycom Telepresence Experience (TPX™) telepresence solutions, with extension to additional Polycom video endpoint and infrastructure solutions in the near future.

"After placing several hundred test calls between various systems, Wainhouse Research has concluded that LPR's ability to protect the video call experience from the effects of packet loss is exceptional," said Ira Weinstein, senior analyst and partner at Wainhouse Research.

The Wainhouse Research whitepaper noted several strengths of Polycom LPR technology including:

--  "LPR's performance is especially strong when tackling packet loss of
    five percent or less, making LPR well suited to address the vast majority
    of network situations."
--  "While most of the video systems on the market today include some form
    of packet loss / error concealment capability, Polycom LPR uses forward
    error correction (FEC) to recover lost data."
--  "One of LPR's differentiators and strengths is that it protects all
    parts of the video call, including the audio, video, and content / H.239
    channels, from packet loss."

"Polycom offers customers the best high definition video experience and the broadest portfolio of fully interoperable telepresence and HD visual communications solutions for different business, application, facility and budget requirements. These solutions work together to connect an organization's entire knowledge network, and they can integrate seamlessly into the communications networks customers already have," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions at Polycom.

Links to additional related information:

New Whitepaper: "Polycom's Lost Packet Recovery (LPR) Capability" (Wainhouse Research)

New Polycom HDX 7000 Series

Polycom UltimateHD

Whitepaper: HD Video Conferencing - Three Leading Contenders Face Off (Wainhouse Research)

Podcast: High Definition Video Collaboration

Polycom Telepresence Solutions

Pricing and Availability

The Polycom HDX 7000 series are now available for order worldwide through certified Polycom channel partners with availability planned for March. North America list price starts at US$7,999 for the HDX 7001 (SD version), US$9,499 for the HDX 7002 (HD version). HDX 7000 series pricing includes the Polycom EagleEye™ HD camera.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of high definition video, wired and wireless voice, and content solutions to deliver the ultimate collaborative experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony, workplace wireless telephony, and presence-based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage from on-demand communications and collaboration. For additional information, call 800-POLYCOM or visit the Polycom web site at

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks, and HDX 7000, UltimateHD, Lost Packet Recovery, LPR, RealPresence, RPX, TPX, and EagleEye are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2008, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

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