Sunday, April 2, 2006

Convedia Announces eXtended Media Processing (eXMP), Extends Media Server Line with New Platforms

Convedia has extended its line of media servers with two new products - the CMS-3000 and CMS-9000 Media Servers, both based on a new eXtended Media Processing (eXMP) technology, which is a modular, portable technology that represents the evolution of Convedia's carrier-class media processing expertise and is designed for a range of media processing needs.

Convedia said its eXMP media processing software architecture will provide a common foundation for a growing family of software media server, ATCA/blade server, and purpose-built hardware media server products. These could extend from small enterprise customer point solutions running on third-party platforms such as ATCA- and Linux-based servers, up to the largest carrier-class IMS multi-service deployments running on purpose built hardware. eXMP technology is hardware and processor independent, and is optimized to run on dual/multi-core general purpose CPU- or DSP-based platforms.

eXMP technology can be deployed as a Linux based software-only product running on general purpose computing platforms, on blade processor products based on ATCA or BladeCenter form-factors, integrated inside third party routers, switches and gateways or pre-integrated with Convedia purpose-built media server hardware with dedicated DSP resources.

Convedia' new CMS-9000, a carrier-class IP media server, incorporates a family of new modular media processing cards. The CMS-9000 media processing cards are backwards compatible with existing CMS-6000 deployments, allowing existing customers to benefit from Convedia's latest hardware advancements while fully protecting their investment in CMS-6000 systems.

The CMS-3000 Media Server, targeted at enterprise customers and smaller service providers, provides Convedia's media processing in a 1RU network appliance.

Both products are backward compatible with Convedia's management and control interfaces, and both meet or exceed RoHS environmental standards for telecommunication equipment. The new products are also designed to accommodate future expansion cards, allowing modular capacity upgrades based on application requirements.

Convedia said the convergence of the telecommunications industry around the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) architecture has dictated a new level of sophistication for IP media processing solutions. The processing of XML-based scripts for IVR applications, storing and retrieving multimedia files for messaging applications, the growing use of low bitrate audio codecs, high complexity video codecs, and sophisticated VoIP security, including media encryption, require increasingly powerful and flexible IP media processing platforms.

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