Wind River Powers Another Technology First
Motion Media Technology's mm745 videophone delivers TV-quality video calls with the same ease as a traditional telephone
ALAMEDA, Calif. Jan, 23, 2003 - Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:WIND), the worldwide market leader in embedded software and services, today announced that the world’s first Internet videophone developed by UK-based Motion Media Technology uses Wind River' real time operating system (RTOS), VxWorks®, to control the delivery of TV-quality video calls with the same ease of use as a standard telephone.
"Wind River's VxWorks RTOS has enabled our development teams to hit the ground running with high product differentiation to build the first-ever, true Internet videophone," said John Martin, Technical Director at Motion Media Technology. "Ensuring we had a reliable and robust real-time operating system inside the mm745 was a must so that the device could perform natural video calls with the lowest possible latency. We have been able to make the best use of our internal development resources by working with Wind River during the development process".
The IP-based mm745 has more processing power than a PC, and will initially support data rates of between 128kbps and 2Mbps, extending to 10Mbps in the future. Wind River’s VxWorks® RTOS controls a variety of mechanisms to manage the videophone’s bandwidth consumption in line with network availability and making deployment possible on any organisations' LAN, WAN or VPN.
The reliability of the VxWorks® RTOS enables mm745 to set-up video calls in only ten seconds, taking less time than making a 384K ISDN call where the typical call set-up time is around 30 seconds. The delays normally associated with compressing, transmitting and decompressing video and audio streams are reduced using VxWorks® real-time processing power. The mm745 has a delay lower than that of a mobile telephone so natural conversation flows.
The VxWorks® RTOS supports multiple networking protocols, applications and integration with standard web browsers. This has enabled Motion Media Technology to develop a device that allows users to simultaneously communicate face-to-face, access Web information and personalised software, and send and receive emails via internet-based accounts. It also supports an open development environment to allow Motion Media Technology to partner with application providers wanting to provide third party applications on the phone to further differentiate the product.
Steve Harris, regional director, Wind River, said "Through embracing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) network device software components from Wind River, Motion Media Technology has succeeded in coming to market with a complex networking device that boasts higher levels of performance and product differentiation than before".
About Wind River
Wind River is the worldwide leader in embedded software and services. It is the only company to provide market-specific embedded platforms that integrate real-time operating systems, development tools and technologies. Wind River’s products and professional services are used in multiple markets including aerospace and defense, automotive, digital consumer, industrial, and network infrastructure. Wind River provides high-integrity technology and expertise that enables its customers to create superior products more efficiently. Companies from around the world are standardizing on Wind River, creating the most reliable products while also accelerating their time to market.
Founded in 1981, Wind River is headquartered in Alameda, California, with operations worldwide. To learn more, visit Wind River at http://www.windriver.com or call Wind River at 1-800-872-4977.
About Motion Media
Motion Media PLC (London Stock Exchange - MMD), is a world leader in the design and development of visual communications technology and products, providing innovative and practical solutions for business, healthcare, security and the home. The company provides a full range of affordable, easy-to-use products with outstanding video and audio quality, including desktop videophones, remote surveillance systems, telecare solutions and videocommunications technology for OEMs.
Motion Media's products are used in more than 40 different countries by businesses, government agencies, healthcare providers, the Deaf community, educational establishments and security and surveillance organisations.
Motion Media’s mm745 is the first "internet videophone complete with full web browser" in the high growth IP (Internet Protocol) communications marketplace. The mm745, which is as easy-to-use as a standard telephone, comes with a 12" fold-away screen, a powerful dual processor system and a hands free full-duplex acoustic echo canceller. Although the product is advanced, it is simple to operate. Simply by touching or clicking on the phone book icon on the screen, users gain access to an unlimited phonebook stored on the system, online directories, such as those found on corporate intranets, and video and audio meeting services provided by third parties.
Motion Media, headquartered at Aust near Bristol, UK, was founded in 1993. The Company opened offices in Wilmington, North Carolina in early 2001 to serve the Americas markets. Major customers and development partners include BT, Orange, Vodafone, Ericsson, Cadbury-Schweppes, Sprint, Fox News Network, ALLTEL, ADI and the U.S. Veterans Administration, as well as other major organisations around the world.
Wind River Systems and the Wind River Systems logo are trademarks of Wind River Systems, Inc., and VxWorks is a registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. All other names mentioned are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of their respective companies.
Director, Global Communications