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Vidyo Intros Telepresence Room System Based on Intel Core i7 Processing Platform

January 25, 2010

Vidyo, a company delivering personal telepresence, has announced the availability of VidyoRoom HD-220, the first telepresence room system based upon the Intel Core i7 processing platform.

Elliot Garbus, vice president for Intel Software and Services Group, said that Vidyo has built its entire product line upon the Intel Architecture processors so they are able to take advantage of Intel’s intelligent multi-core technology to deliver “outstanding” video conferencing performance to their customers.
VidyoRoom HD-220 delivers support for two 1080p video streams at 30 frames per second for dual monitor support. And, like its predecessors - VidyoRoom HD-50 and HD-100 - HD-220 can also decode aggregated resolution of 1080p. Company officials said that to add 1080p encode capability to the VidyoRoom HD-220, users require only a free software upgrade.
Moreover, the patented VidyoRouter software architecture leverages off-the-shelf processing platforms. Company officials said that this enables HD-220 to advance the price to performance profile of its video conferencing solutions at the same pace as the PC world.
Powered by H.264 SVC technology, the recently patented VidyoRouter architecture enables VidyoRoom HD-220 to deliver consistent telepresence experiences with out-of-the-box dual screen 720p support at 60 frames per second over IP networks, including the Internet, said company officials.
Ofer Shapiro, CEO at Vidyo, said that Vidyo’s patented architecture eliminates the multipoint conferencing unit from the core of the system delivering on the promise of natural face-to-face communications. 
Vidyo’s software-based approach provides investment protection for its customers, said company officials. Additionally, through software upgrades, new features – requiring hardware replacement in proprietary DSP-based systems - can be added to Vidyo’s architecture.
“The HD-220, like our entire product line, delivers personal telepresence consistently over the Internet with less than half the end-to-end latency of MCU-based solutions to maximize real-time collaborative experiences,” said Shapiro.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of Anshu’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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