SOURCE: Polycom

December 10, 2007 08:30 ET

Polycom Ships New HD Video Collaboration Solutions for Conference Rooms and Executive Desktops

HDX 8000 and HDX 4000 Video Conferencing Systems Now Available Along With HDX 2.0 Software Featuring Breakthrough Technology for Dramatically Improving Video Quality Over IP Networks

PLEASANTON, CA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ: PLCM), the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced general availability of new Polycom HDX high definition (HD) video collaboration solutions, including the HDX 8000™ series for medium and small-sized meeting rooms, and the HDX 4000™ executive desktop system for the personal workspace. The new endpoints are best in class additions to the industry-leading HDX line and offer the only UltimateHD™ experience in their categories. Only solutions from Polycom deliver UltimateHD, the complete HD experience with HD video, HD voice and simultaneous HD content-sharing capabilities.

"The face-to-face experience using Polycom HDX video collaboration solutions is extremely effective and has brought our geographically dispersed teams closer and improved productivity," said Sergio Soto, video teleconferencing supervisor at CoStar, a leading commercial real estate information company. "Video communications has become a critical collaboration tool for CoStar in many areas, and played a key role in the successful expansion of our operations from the U.S. into Europe, by enabling our teams to work closely despite the distance between them. The new HDX 8000 and HDX 4000 solutions will help us further expand the use of video at CoStar into additional meeting rooms, locations and executive offices."

The HDX 8000 and HDX 4000 series complement the Polycom HDX 9000™ video conferencing solution for large meeting rooms, classrooms and integrated custom-room environments, and expand the industry's only integrated and complete HD video collaboration portfolio, including HD video endpoints and systems, HD telepresence and immersive HD telepresence solutions, HD conferencing bridges, HD recording, streaming and playback systems (for both video and content), HD video content management, and integrated Polycom HD Voice endpoints. To assist customers deploying HD video conferencing, Polycom Global Services offers a comprehensive suite of HD Readiness services through channel partners -- from planning and design to evaluating and optimizing HD video performance on existing networks to standard maintenance, training and service options.

Additionally, all Polycom HDX video collaboration solutions now ship with HDX Version 2.0 software that features patent-pending Lost Packet Recovery (LPR) technology with breakthrough QoS for IP networks. LPR maximizes the quality of video, voice and content under tough network conditions common to public IP networks where packet loss and congestion are common. HDX Version 2.0 makes video conferencing more viable for home office workers, remote offices and field applications by providing the most consistent, highest-quality experience over DSL connections, cable modems, and more.

"We are excited to deliver these highly anticipated new HDX video collaboration solutions to customers as part of the most integrated portfolio of high definition video conferencing, collaboration and content management solutions in the industry today," said Joe Sigrist, senior vice president and general manager of video solutions at Polycom. "With the addition of the HDX 8000 and HDX 4000 series, Polycom expands the benefits of UltimateHD into classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, executive desktops, and beyond. And with breakthrough advances like our Lost Packet Recovery technology, Polycom simultaneously improves the user's experience and enables high quality video conferencing to be reliably deployed and used over a broader range of IP network environments."

Links to additional related information:
Polycom UltimateHD

HDX 8000 series (conference rooms, class rooms, large and medium meeting

HDX 4000 series (executive desktops, offices, small meeting areas):

Podcast: High Definition Video Collaboration

Whitepaper - Wainhouse Research Evaluation of HD Video Conferencing
Solutions (free with registration):

Pricing and Availability

The Polycom HDX 4000 series and HDX 8000 series are now shipping worldwide through certified Polycom channel partners. North America list price starts at US$7,999 for the HDX 4001 (SD version), US$9,999 for the HDX 4002, and US$10,999 for the HDX 8002 and US$13,999 for the HDX 8004 (HDX 8000 series pricing includes 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 4000, HDX 8000, HDX 9000, UltimateHD, and EagleEye are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2007, Polycom, Inc. All rights reserved.

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