W&W Communications Introduces a Multi-Channel H.264 Encoder for Video Surveillance Applications

The Multi Channel H.264 Encoder Simultaneously Encodes Up to 16 Channels

LAS VEGAS, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- At America's largest security event, ISC WEST, W&W Communications (WWComs) announced an H.264-based video surveillance encoding solution implemented in Altera FPGAs. WWComs developed the H.264ENC for the video surveillance market where multi-channel H.264 implementations can dramatically reduce storage costs and improve video quality. The H.264ENC is capable of switching from 16 CIF (352x288) channels to 4 simultaneous D1 (720x480) channels, or up to one high definition (1280x720) channel. This is a user-defined option of the H.264ENC available through WWComs innovative architectural design.

"By capturing the superior performance and flexibility of Altera's FPGA technology, WWComs has developed a video surveillance solution that delivers unmatched H.264 video encoding efficiency," said Dr. Farhad Mighani, VP of Hardware Engineering at WWComs.

The H.264ENC is the most efficient and flexible implementation for multi-channel H.264 encoding available today. WWComs has a critical match in a world-class hardware design team combined with H.264 algorithms that have been commercially tested and refined over the last three years in DSPs. "Perfecting the H.264ENC in software first allowed WWComs to develop the most efficient designs in critical modules such as the motion estimation and motion compensation before committing to Altera FPGA technology," added Mighani.

"WWComs' migration of their innovative baseline H.264 encoding technology from DSP supports the flexibility and performance demands of the video surveillance market. Leveraging Altera unique FPGA technology enabled WWComs to quickly and efficiently meet these demands," said Todd Scott, Sr. Director of the Broadcast and Consumer Business Unit at Altera Corporation.

The H.264ENC is demonstrable in a single Altera FPGA today. SystemC models are also available for evaluation. The H.264ENC provides customers with a PCI development platform and a fully supported Linux software developer kit. A real-time demonstration will be shown during the ISC WEST show at the Sand's Expo and convention center, booth number 13098.

For more information, contact Ronald Allard, Vice President of Business Development Email Contact.

About WWComs, Inc.

WWComs develops software and hardware solutions for video communications applications. Its flagship product line features highly optimized versions of the increasingly popular video coding standard H.264. WWComs products are found in a variety of end-user markets including video surveillance, streaming video, IP videophones, video conferencing, distance learning, video on demand, broadcasting and patient monitoring systems in health care. The company is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA with offices in Beijing, China and Madrid, Spain. For more information, visit WWComs' web site at www.wwcoms.com.

About Altera Corporation

Altera Corporation (NASDAQ: ALTR) is the world's pioneer in system-on-a-programmable-chip (SOPC) solutions. Combining programmable logic technology with software tools, intellectual property and technical services, Altera provides high-value programmable solutions to over 14,000 customers worldwide. More information is available at www.altera.com.

CONTACT: Ronald Allard of WWComs, Inc., +1-408-499-7549, or Email Contact

Web site: http://www.wwcoms.com/

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