Fremont, CA (November 4, 2004)–The MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF) has announced the launch of a new, sixth round of interoperability testing, in which 30 companies will test the latest MPEG-4 Audio and Visual codecs. The featured codecs will include Advanced Video Coding (AVC, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10 and H.264) and MPEG-4 High Efficiency AAC Audio.
These next generation codecs are being used in a wide range of new products including Standard Definition and High Definition video encoders and set-top boxes, portable digital broadcast receivers, video-equipped mobile phones as well as a number of other new consumer electronic devices.
Interoperability testing is of paramount importance and tremendous value in product development with open standards, such as MPEG-4, in the international marketplace. Companies come together to test their codec implementations in order to ensure that products will work together, and any interoperability problems are resolved in a collaborative way. The fact that 30 MPEGIF member companies have joined the current test round is clear evidence that products based on these new and efficient codecs are playing a major role in the next generation digital media industry, according to MPEGIF.
The new test round, now underway, will continue until December, culminating in a face-to-face interoperability event sponsored and hosted by the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) and held jointly with the International Multimedia Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) and MPEGIF. This historic event will be the first time all three organizations have met together for shared testing.
“MPEG-4 AVC and HE AAC are not a fantasy, real products have arrived,” commented Sebastian Moeritz, president of MPEGIF, “Many are available today, many more are being released shortly, and this new interoperability test round will demonstrate and confirm that the technology is ready for widespread adoption and deployment.”
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