LOS GATOS, CALIF. - Conferencer, touted as the first sub-$400 PC-based product to provide business-quality videoconferencing, has been launched by Array Microsystems. The product is said to have the same videoconferencing technology and quality as the Microsoft-recommended Array Communicator.
The unit accelerates Microsoft's NetMeeting video-conferencing and visual collaboration application software, raising the quality of NetMeeting videoconferences to that of room-based videoconferencing systems, according to Array. By off-loading the video and audio processing from the PC to Array's proprietary VideoFlow semiconductor hardware, the unit is said to improve not only the audio and video quality but also the performance and reliability of other applications, such as NetMeeting's T.120 visual collaboration tools, whiteboard and application-sharing capabilities.
The IP-based videoconferencing solution is said to integrate easily with current and future broadband networking architecture, including Ethernet, ATM, Token Ring, T1, FDDI, cable modem, DSL and other IP networks. It operates with Windows 95/98, Windows Me, Windows NT and Windows 2000.
Currently priced at $399, Conferencer is available now and comes with PCI card, Microsoft NetMeeting and Media Tools software, drivers and documentation.
A video camera with integrated microphone will be included with orders placed for delivery before midnight, Dec. 31, 2000. After Dec. 31, the price of the unit with a video camera with integrated microphone will be $499.
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