Applied Silicon is affiliated with COMVERSE Technology, Inc., Woodbury, NY, an $80M company which manufactures and markets a line of multi-media communications processing and recording products world-wide.
After several months of discussions, we have identified a number of areas where the research and development interests of ASI and the Telepresence Project overlap. One of these areas involve the application of some of the ideas pioneered in the "voice server" prototype to experimental video-acquisition systems being built by Applied Silicon. Another area we will explore together is novel applications of Applied Silicon's high-speed video CODECs in the Telepresence media space environment.
To facilitate our collaboration, Ross Jacobs and Dominic Richens will be working on-site at Applied Silicon for several weeks over the summer to transfer ideas and prototypes between us. For more information on Applied Silicon, contact Jean Caseault, VP. Engineering or Eli Fathi, President at (613) 738-2434.
In order to develop new products for the desk-top video marketplace Corel is conducting extensive in-house field trials. Corel intends to be the world's first company to implement video on every desk by the end of 1994.
Pat Beirne, Chief Engineer of Corel, has had comprehensive discussions with us over the last 4-months. We have developed a framework for collaboration which will see Corel engineers and designers work closely with us to exchange hardware/software and system design expertise in a program of prototyping and evaluation of systems to support group collaboration. Together, we will research several issues including the design and use real-time video conferencing systems and tools for asynchronous communication (such as video-mail).
For more information on Corel, click hereor contact Pat Beirne (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Although the Active Desk got broken during the event, it was well worth it...
Newbridge Networks will contribute ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) switching equipment and Bell Canada will contribute a dedicated telecommunications network. Richard Zwiep, Jamie Hutcheon, Ken Weinberg and Jim Mackie of Newbridge have arranged to loan the project 3 MainStreet 36150 ATM switches complete with data and video interface cards. Randy Sefton, Ken Schuyler and Michelle Valliere of Bell Canada have arranged to connect the two Telepresence Project sites to its internal ATM network (called "ORBIT") through a dedicated DS-3 service.
For logistics reaasons, the Ottawa end of the network will terminate at Carleton University. We will install a full Telepresence lab at the university laboratory and move some of the Ottawa Engineering Group staff to support the new installation.
Over the course of the next three months we will be studying the technical and usage issues arising from delivering high quality interactive desktop video applications over long distance between metropolitan centres. We will contrast this class of usage, in particular, with the dial-up 128 kb codecs that are currently the main approach to providing such services. By integrating this ATM service with the existing suite of Telepresence applications, we will have one of the most application "rich" ATM deployments in the world on which to base our studies.
Our thanks to Bell, Newbridge and the computing and communications folks at the University of Toronto and Carleton U. for their invaluable help in getting this installation off the ground.
With the combined addition of the miniature wireless PDAs and the ATM technology, Telepresence will - over the next three months - provide a unique test bed which integrates an ever greater range of technologies into a coherent suite of integrated applications.
As these technologies become deployed, we will discuss potential projects and trials with our partners.
NEW ORLEANS, LA, SUPERCOMM Show - May 3, 1994 - Corel Corporation and Newbridge Networks announced today their intention to work together on desktop applications of ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode). To facilitate this process, Corel has established a new division with a mandate to supply software to all ATM card manufacturers in the future.
Building on the success of the CorelSCSI(tm), this venture will be an extension of Corel's SCSI product line into the ATM connectivity market. Under the arrangement, Corel will develop multimedia and LAN software and Newbridge will develop the networking aspects.
"We are excited to work with Newbridge, a world leader in ATM switch technology," said Michael Cowpland, president and chief executive officer of Corel Corporation. "We feel the combination of the Newbridge VIVID(tm) ATM product line and our leadership in SCSI technology and the Windows applications will accelerate ATM technology on the desktop."
"It's great to be working with Mike again," commented Terry Matthews, Newbridge chairman. "We've been talking about working together in multimedia for some time because we both recognize that multimedia with ATM is the next big technology wave. This relationship paves the way for an exciting new era in communications."
In order to develop new products for the marketplace, Corel is conducting extensive in-house fieldtrials. Corel will be the world's first company to implement video on every desk by the end of 1994, and will research video-mail and the human factors of video conferencing.
Corel is also working with the Ontario Telepresence Project which examines the human factors of using desktop video. This relationship will allow Corel to explore the best way to use and implement desktop video.
Newbridge Networks Corporation is a public company whose common shares are quoted from trading on the NASDAQ National Market System (NNCXF) in the United States and listed for trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange (NNC) in Canada.
Corel Contact: Julie Galla (613) 728-0826 extension 1672
Newbridge Contacts: Jim Marshall or Sandra Plumley (613) 591-3600