COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Cisco Systems has selected Analog Devices Inc.'s Blackfin DSP for its Telepresence Meeting platform, which will use IP infrastructure for videoconferencing and two-way multimedia based on high-definition resolution.
Blackfin's programmability was a key aspect to choosing the architecture as an ASIC replacement for functions such as real-time call setup in a ultrahigh-definition environment. ADI's Blackfin handles 720 p and 1,080 p resolution natively. Cisco has added special video compression software to its Telepresence Meeting system to allow HD traffic to be transported over standard high-speed IP/Ethernet backbones.
The system uses an array of multiple ADSP-BF561 Blackfin processors. Two Cisco systems were introduced this week: the office-sized CTS1000, and the conference room "roll-around" CTS3000. The former includes a 65-inch plasma screen and an HD 1,080 p camera. The latter includes additional conferencing adjuncts such as specialized lighting, elliptical table, chairs, three plasma displays and three cameras.
AT&T Co. already has completed interoperability testing of the Telepresence system with its Multi-Protocol Label Switching global network. AT&T will begin offering Telepresence in its managed video communications portfolio.