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ViXS processor brings broadcast quality video to wireless LANs

ViXS Systems Inc., developer of video-over-IP networking solutions, is beta testing what it calls the industry's fi...


September 24, 2002  


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ViXS Systems Inc., developer of video-over-IP networking solutions, is beta testing what it calls the industry’s first video networking processor that enables products to transmit broadcast quality video reliably across wireless LANs.

The ViXS XCode integrated circuit (IC) adjusts bit-rates, resolutions and formats of multiple MPEG video streams, in real time, adapting each stream to changing network bandwidth.

"The available bandwidth of wireless LANs is notoriously dynamic, a characteristic that has hampered the deployment of wireless video to date," the company said in a statement released yesterday. "The XCode video network processor manages video in this difficult wireless networking environment the first technology that guarantees 30 frames per second (FPS) of robust, high quality video over any type of internet protocol (IP) network, wired or wireless.

According to the company, the ViXS XCode video network processor has the ability to reduce bit rates from high-definition (HD) resolutions down to standard definition and QCIF resolutions, and format convert from MPEG1 to MPEG2 or MPEG2 to MPEG4 (ASP).

Because the XCode adjusts the bit-rate, resolution and format of the video, in real time, it overcomes the current obstacles to adoption faced by cable and satellite operators in delivering multiple unique channels of consistent, broadcast quality video over wireless networks in the home, the company said.

The XCode IC provides content security with DES, Triple DES or AES encryption technologies and supports standards-based low-cost networks such as WiFi (IEEE 802.11), Ethernet, HomePNA, and Powerline networking.


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