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DataBeam's H.323 Toolkits save steps for developers of LAN-based multimedia conferencing products.

LEXINGTON, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 1997--

Toolkits Speed Process of Embedding Intel's Video and Voice

Technology in Internet/Intranet Multimedia

Equipment and Applications

DataBeam Corp. announced today the immediate availability of its H.323 Toolkit Series, the most comprehensive set of tools for embedding real-time video and voice communication into multimedia products.

Built on Intel's H.323-based technology, DataBeam's toolkits will enable developers to bring to market LAN-based applications, gateways, PBXs and multipoint control units that interoperate with Intel and Microsoft's Internet voice and video applications.

The toolkits combine H.323 technology, used in Microsoft's NetMeeting and Intel's Internet Video Phone, with valuable, high-level programming abstractions and DataBeam's extensive expertise in providing standards-based building blocks to third parties. Intel and DataBeam are continuing development efforts to ensure the toolkits continue to support the H.323 standard as it evolves.

The toolkits include time-saving components for developing both client and server portions of third-party multimedia products on multiple operating systems. Unlike other H.323 toolkits, DataBeam's H.323 Toolkit Series includes Intel's MMX technology-compatible G.723 and H.263-compatible plug-in codecs and gatekeeper application support, a key component for network managers maintaining a corporate intranet.

"Vendors building multimedia products for the Internet want to provide interoperability with Intel and Microsoft technology," said Lee Todd, DataBeam's President and Chief Executive Officer. "To facilitate this, Intel and DataBeam have worked closely on the H.323 Toolkit Series to leverage Intel's big investment in H.323 technology and DataBeam's substantial experience with OEM toolkits."

The H.323 Toolkit Series is based on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) H.323 standard for audio and video exchange over IP networks such as LANs, intranets and the Internet. H.323 defines the management and transmission of multimedia data streams in a real-time, multipoint environment, thereby creating the foundation for compatibility between conferencing applications from different vendors.

"We chose DataBeam as a development and distribution partner because of its strong track record working with OEMs and its leadership role in the standards community," said Michael Glancy, General Manager of Intel's OEM Communications Products Operations, Intel Corp. "DataBeam's expertise and solid technical support programs will accelerate the worldwide availability of high-quality end-user products."

DataBeam has extensive experience creating and supporting development tools for OEMs. The company is the predominant supplier of developer toolkits based on the T.120 standards for multipoint data communications used in data conferencing and application sharing products and services. DataBeam's T.120 toolkits are being used by more than 50 vendors, including Intel, Microsoft, Cisco and PictureTel, to accelerate market delivery of their real-time data collaboration products.

DataBeam's H.323 Toolkit Series consists of four components: H.323 Core Toolkit, a pack of add-ons such as API abstractions, an optional codec pack, and a portable gatekeeper toolkit with network management capabilities. In addition to DataBeam's comprehensive customer support, developers have access to the DataBeam Developer's Forum, a web-based virtual support forum that also includes virtual training sessions.

The H.323 Core Toolkit provides the network management building blocks required to develop LAN-based applications, MCUs and gateways. Consisting of a Call Control Module and Streams Module, it provides a portable code base to manage call control and RTP/RTCP functionality.

The optional H.323 Gatekeeper Toolkit offers H.323 application bandwidth usage, application registration, and directory services components required for building gatekeeper applications that maintain network integrity for the end user. It provides zone management, zone-wide bandwidth control, external access restriction and automated handshaking between the gatekeeper and registering nodes in the zone. This Gatekeeper Toolkit and the Core Toolkit are available for Windows and Solaris platforms.

An add-on H.323 Value Pack offers abstractions of the session management functions common to all H.323 applications. It provides a set of architectures for tasks such as plugging codecs into the protocol stack and managing the stack's audio and video capture and display devices. The Value Pack components are optimized for the Win32 environment but can easily be ported to other platforms using DataBeam's porting kits.

An optional H.323 Codec Pack includes Intel's complete G.723 and H.263-compatible codecs for Windows platforms. The H.323 Codec Pack is optimized for Intel Pentium Processors with MMX technology.

The H.323 toolkits, available directly from DataBeam, can be licensed in object or source code, except for the Codec Pack, which is available in object code form only. Terms of licensing vary, depending on the specific needs of OEM customers.

DataBeam Corp. (, headquartered in Lexington, Ky., is the leading supplier of standards-based collaborative software and developers' tools for the Internet, corporate intranets, and telecommunications networks. The company's award-winning application software, FarSite and the neT.120 Conference Server, is used by Fortune 500 companies and major organizations worldwide. Its toolkits enable communications, networking, telephony, conferencing and gaming products with real-time collaboration capabilities. DataBeam was founded in 1983 and is privately held. -0-

FarSite and DataBeam are registered trademarks and neT.120 is a trademark of DataBeam Corporation. Other brands and product names are trademarks of their respective owners.

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Karla Young

DataBeam Corp.

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