Vidyo showcases new technology at ITxpo

Vidyo has announced a new HD videoconferencing at a "significantly lower price point," demonstrating the $750 Executive Desktop System at the just-concluded Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012. Vidyo also demonstrated a scalable HEVC (H.265) codec for videoconferencing, along with a browser-based 1440 system that allows customers single-click connections to a videoconference.

Vidyo's $750 Executive Desktop System delivers up to 1080p30 encode and 1440p60 decode. The Executive Desktop offers a floating concurrent-use license that follows the user instead of being attached to a specific device. According to the company, the system delivers almost twice the resolution of traditional telepresence screens; it is scheduled for shipment beginning in December 2012.

MORE FROM THE ITXPO: Gartner: Top 10 strategic technology trends for 2013

The company also demonstrated a HEVC (H.265) codec for videoconferencing. The new codec is designed to achieve the same or better quality as a 1080p60 display, but at half the bit rate of existing H.264 SVC codecs. Vidyo, in cooperation with Samsung, has submitted the design to the ITU-T. Vidyo is committed to deliver support for H.265 via a software upgrade at no extra charge to customers who have a maintenance agreement.

Also at the conference, Vidyo showcased a browser-based 1440 system that allows customers to connect to a videoconference with a single click to anyone on Skype, Facebook, Google Talk and other business video applications. This browser-based system is, according to the company, designed to offer "better than telepresence-quality inside a Web browser without requiring special purpose hardware or soft client installation."

Vidyo also announced it is now shipping the company's multi-protocol media server, supporting H.264 AVC, H.264 SVC, H.263, H.323 and SIP. A virtualized version for VMware environments is scheduled to ship in Q1 2013.

Commenting in a statement, Ofer Shapiro, Vidyo's co-founder and CEO, said, "Vidyo is the only company in the market today shipping 3rd generation SVC-based products that already incorporate years of field experience, customer feedback and robust intellectual property."

Join the Network World communities on Facebook and LinkedIn to comment on topics that are top of mind.

Copyright © 2012 IDG Communications, Inc.

IT Salary Survey: The results are in