Two of the best known Internet telephony and videoconferencing companies, Creative Technology and Netspeak, have announced plans to jointly develop videophone technology for the Internet.
The move follows a recent licensing and technology agreement with Netspeak, giving Creative the right to license Netspeak?s flagship product Webphone, an Internet telephone that works over the Internet and other TCP/IP-based networks. By integrating Netspeak?s Internet telephony software with Creative?s advanced videoconferencing and audio technology, Creative believes it now has the means to provide a high-performance videophone application for the home and commercial markets.
?Netspeak?s Internet telephony technology is vital in Creative?s strategy to introduce multimedia communications solutions to the Internet,? said Lung Yeh, vice president of communications and Internet division at Creative. ?By integrating technologies and leveraging each company?s widespread distribution channels, we expect to make significant inroads in the Internet videophone market and dramatically increase awareness and usage of these types of products.?
For the past two years, Creative?s Sharevision PC3000 has delivered live two-way colour video, voice and data communications over regular telephone lines. Additionally, Creative?s industry-standard flagship product, Sound Blaster, provides videophone applications with duplex and audio capabilities.
By bundling videophone technology with its popular sound card products, Creative claims it has the ablility to put advanced video and audio communications solutions in the hands of every new customer.
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