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Polycom Intros RMX 2000 V4 with Double Capacity HD Hardware

February 27, 2009 | Chris Payatagool

The Wainhouse Research Bulletin - Vol 10 Issue #4

By Andrew W. Davis, [email protected]

polycom_rmx2000.jpgPolycom announced a new version of its video MCU, the RMX 2000, with new software and new hardware. The new system supports 1080p30 and broadcast-quality 720p60 high definition (HD) quality, a new fixed capacity operating mode, and increased capacity and scalability.

The new system is a combination of software enhancements and new, faster processing resources (MPM+ cards). The software introduces a feature dubbed Video Clarity by the company, an algorithm similar to one introduced a while back by Codian that can upscale and sharpen video images, providing dramatically enhanced video quality for lower-resolution video connections. According to Polycom, a low (CIF) resolution signal can be upscaled and sharpened to DVD-quality standard definition (4CIF, 480p) resolution and distributed to all capable devices without using additional processing resources.

Similarly, a standard definition video call can be upscaled to HD.

rmx_chart.jpgThe new RMX introduces a new twist on an old MCU puzzle: resource allocation. The system can be deployed in either a fixed or flexible resource (port) configuration. For customers placing video calls at different resolutions and call speeds, the RMX 2000 offers a "flexible" mode that dynamically allocates resources based on specific call requirements. This method provides greater capacity and is more cost-effective for non-HD resolution calls since they consume less processing resources. The "fixed" mode is ideal for those using scheduling / management systems that need to know EXACTLY how many ports are available - without regard for the call speed / resolution in use during other sessions. It's also important for maintaining capacity / port availability for ad-hoc environments.

Our Take: Polycom is back in the game with beefed up port density, enhanced HD support including 1080p and 720p60, and a solution that is right at home in a mixed HD-SD environment, a condition we expect to exist in the market for many more years.

{via The Wainhouse Research Bulletin]

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