SPIRIT DSP, which provides embedded voice and video software engines, reportedly announced that its TeamSpirit Voice&Video Engine will provide real-time voice and video-over-IP functionality to IP-based residential Media Phones.
A Media Phone is a new type of device which combines the Internet with phone capabilities. It enables roll-out of optimized IP-based services in the telecom industry. It includes new features not usually found in regular phones such as making VoIP and video over IP calls besides including a touchscreen. This allows access to daily Internet services like weather forecast, ticket ordering and news feeds.
The device is conventional and has a convenient form-factor of a base station and a DECT (News - Alert) handset. It is expected that the global market for Media Phones will be 50 million units per year in 2013 including a large percentage of consumers.
TeamSpirit Voice&Video Engine Embedded powers the communication functionality of the Media Phone. It provides carrier-grade voice and video over IP for Reigncom (News - Alert) Wave Home product, which is an advanced touchscreen IP Media Phone. Reigncom Wave Home delivers multimedia, Web and phone capabilities. It is promoted by South Korean operator Korea Telecom (News - Alert) specializing in next-generation value-added IP-based services included in their SoIP (Services over IP) strategy.
Slava Borilinvice vice president of products at SPIRIT said that virtually every leading carrier has a plan to introduce similar devices in 2009. Korea Telecom has already launched its first commercial model, powered by SPIRIT, and Verizon (News - Alert) just announced this month its own “touch screen home phone system” named Verizon Hub, he said.
“But it still remains a tough technical task for OEMs to combine visual Internet experience and high audio and video call quality in the one device,” Borilinvice said. “The only way to pass demanding operators’ quality tests and secure positive user-experience with VoIP is to rely on ‘smart’ carrier-grade VoIP software solutions, able to fight echo, noise and last mile congestions. And that’s exactly what SPIRIT delivers.”
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Edited by Michael Dinan