Sigma Designs, TOLMA to Deploy Streaming Video Over ATM Networks

Sigma Designs and TOLMA SA revealed yesterday the deployment of real-time MPEG-2 video streaming at Haute Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, the leading business school in France.

The TV2PC integrated solution, based on
FORE Systems ATM adapters and REALmagic NetStream 2 digital video decoders,
will be presented at the FORE booth in Paris during the Fall Interop show.

“Today, HEC has deployed an end-to-end ATM network infrastructure that
supports specialized video, videoconferencing, multimedia training courses,
and distance learning. We have been pleased to partner with TOLMA in
deploying TV2PC to complement this strategy by enabling realtime streaming of
quality video for both educational and entertainment purposes,” said Jacques
Dang, technology director at HEC.

The streaming video solution will be available to the more than 2,000
students enrolled in the HEC MBA program.

Within the TV2PC integrated solution, realtime MPEG-2 encoders compress
“on-the-fly” video from analog sources, such as video cameras, as well as
analog or digital TV streams. A distributed management system enables every
client on the network to know in real time the list of available video

Every MBA student is able to view any broadcast-quality MPEG-2 video stream
from any desktop computer equipped with a NetStream 2 card. As TV2PC relies
on native ATM technology, the transport infrastructure provides the strong
quality of service (QoS) needed; due to the TV2PC distributed architecture,
deployment can scale to any number of encoders (channels) and clients.

“Today, the user’s reference in judging image quality is the experience he or
she has every day with television,” said Olivier Danthine, president of TOLMA. “The need for a robust MPEG-2 decoding
solution means that software decoding is not an option. Beyond the fact that
a hardware decoder is required, it also is key to find a product capable of
displaying a high-quality image free of artifacts on any PC monitor without
burdening the host CPU.”

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