MPEG-4 Industry Forum -- M4IF -- Enlists 100th Member, Moves Ahead on MPEG-4 Interoperability.Business Editors/High-Tech Writers
SAN RAMON, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 29, 2001
The MPEG-4 Industry Forum (M4IF M4IF MPEG 4 Industry Forum
M4IF Mpeg4 Industry Forum , www.m4if.org) today announced that it recently signed up its 100th member, Amphion Semiconductor Ltd, of Belfast, Northern Ireland. M4IF was founded in May 2000, as a not-for-profit organization based in Switzerland, with as its goal "To further the adoption and widespread use of the MPEG-4 Standard, by establishing MPEG-4 as an accepted standard among application developers, service providers, content creators and end users." M4IF has steadily grown since its creation; without actively seeking new members, the membership has now passed 100 and keeps growing.
These members, which include many of the major technology providers in streaming, wireless and broadcast multimedia and representatives of the MPEG-4 user community, have all subscribed to making MPEG-4 a success. "MPEG-4 is the only open, comprehensive technology for a wide range of interactive multimedia applications," said Rob Koenen, president of M4IF.
The first achievement of M4IF was that to get MPEG-4 patent holders to discuss joint licensing schemes. Licensing of MPEG-4 -- to be dealt with outside of M4IF -- has been announced for coming January. M4IF is now concentrating on interoperability testing and marketing of the standard. "We have over 20 companies exchanging MPEG-4 streams and files, and these companies are committed to make their implementations compatible. MPEG-4 stands for true interoperability," said Koenen. "We are building an open infrastructure in which all parties can play. Technology providers, members of the content food chain and consumers all stand to benefit from this infrastructure."
"In common with all M4IF members, Amphion Semiconductor has a vested interest in the widespread proliferation of the MPEG-4 standard," commented J. G. Doherty, CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of Amphion, the leading provider of semiconductor intellectual-property cores for System-on-a-Chip silicon; Amphion provides ultra low power An ultra low power, or ULP device, is an electronic gadget that has milli- or micro-watt power consumption.
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M4IF works together with other organizations that build on the MPEG-4 standard, such as the Internet Streaming Media Alliance The Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) was Founded in December 2000, by Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, IBM, Kasenna, Philips, and Sun Microsystems. It is a non-profit corporation whose mission is to accelerate the market adoption of open standards for streaming and , which recently released its open specification for Internet streaming based on MPEG-4 (ISMA ISMA
See: International Security Market Association , www.isma.tv) and the Wireless Multimedia Forum (WMF, www.wmmforum.com). Joint efforts address interoperability testing and marketing of MPEG-4.
M4IF is open to all parties that support the goal of M4IF, the promotion of the MPEG-4 Standard, against a yearly fee of 3000 USD USD
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M4IF carries out activities that are beyond of the scope of the ISO/IEC ISO/IEC International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ITU-T M 3000) MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) An ISO/ITU standard for compressing digital video. Pronounced "em-peg," it is the universal standard for digital terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, DVDs and digital video recorders (DVRs). work group, which created the MPEG-4 standard. This includes:
-- Promoting the standard, and serving as a single point of information on MPEG-4 technology, products and services; -- Initiating discussions leading to the potential establishment of patent pools outside of M4IF, that should grant a license to an unlimited number of applicants throughout the world under reasonable terms and conditions that are demonstrably free of any unfair competition; -- Organization of MPEG-4 exhibitions and tutorials. -- Creating industrial focus around the standard -- which part of the MPEG-4 toolbox to use in which market?
M4IF currently has 103 full members. Recently, M4IF created the associate membership at the 300 USD annual level, open for not-for-profit organizations such as government organizations and universities, of which many participate in MPEG itself. M4IF has already signed up its first two associate members.
Amphion is the leading supplier of application-specific cores for IP-based System-on-a-Chip (SoC) integrated circuit designs for multimedia, wireless and broadband communications. Amphion delivers high-performance solutions for video and image compression, advanced encryption, and speech and channel coding with a comprehensive range of silicon-optimized products. Using proprietary techniques for the direct-mapping of processing functions and algorithms into hardware, Amphion develops and licenses semiconductor intellectual-property (SIP) cores that realize 10X to 1000X improvements in performance over conventional implementations using software-programmable DSP processors. Amphion is a privately held company privately held company
A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly. with corporate headquarters and engineering in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK and worldwide sales and marketing headquarters in San Jose, California San Jose (IPA: /ˌsænhoʊˈzeɪ/) is the third-largest city in California, and the tenth-largest in the United States. It is the county seat of Santa Clara County. . Amphion was formerly known as Integrated Silicon Systems Ltd, or ISS ISS
See Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). . For more information, visit http://www.amphion.com.