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Optibase Ships Eval Units of MPEG-4 Streaming Technology

MPEG-4 Allows for High Quality Video at Reduced Bit Rates (July 24, 2001)
Optibase has begun shipping the MGW 4000 Media Gateway for technical evaluation of MPEG-4 technology. Evaluators include network equipment vendors, telecom operators and service providers.

The MGW 4000 utilizes MPEG-4 algorithms developed by Optibase's Advanced Technology Group, based on state of the art DSP silicon provided by Optibase's partner. The MGW 4000 provides hardware implementation of real-time MPEG-4 (WMT) video and audio encoding as well as real-time upload to Microsoft's Windows Media Server. Multi channel support allows for real-time encoding and transmission of multiple live MPEG-4 streams, at bit rates ranging from 250Kbps-1.5Mbps. Designed to offer high density and scalability, the 2RU unit features swappable encoding modules. The current MGW 4000 version has the capability to stream, utilizing four modules with a capacity to utilize up to six modules in future versions.

"Optibase is committed to lead the industry in delivering innovative streaming technologies," said David Kahani, Vice President of Research and Development at Optibase. "Our MPEG-4 technologies aim to serve as the foundation for high quality, scalable and robust rich media transmission solutions."

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About MPEG-4

MPEG-4 is a set of compression/decompression formats and streaming technologies that address the need for distribution of rich media over narrow and broadband networks. MPEG-4 allows for high quality video at reduced bit rates. A significant benefit of the MPEG-4 standard is interactivity which is achieved by defining video, audio, text and data as individual building blocks with spatial and temporal attributes that govern their behavior and location in the scene.

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