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Polycom HDX Video Communications Solutions Deliver Unrivaled Performance and Flexibility for Executive Desktops, Conference Rooms, Vertical Applications.

Polycom HDX 9000 Series 'Delivers an Exceptional User Experience, Flexibility for Customizing Video for the Room and Application, and an Integrated, End-to-End Offering With All the Pieces for a Complete HD Solution'

PLEASANTON, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Polycom, Inc. , the world's leading provider of unified collaborative communications solutions, today announced the availability of the Polycom HDX(TM) 9000 series, a breakthrough platform with the broadest flexibility and highest levels of performance to support any video collaboration application, including high definition (HD). The Polycom HDX solutions deliver an experience like none other with the comprehensive benefits of HD Voice, HD video and HD content sharing, and feature many industry-first capabilities such as simultaneous HD dual streams for People and Content, Siren(TM)22 kHz StereoSurround(TM) audio and unmatched HD camera performance. The Polycom HDX series provides users with the greatest visual, audio and content detail in a multimedia collaborative meeting. The pure clarity, rich detail and extended fidelity improve productivity and efficiency on a scale never before available in conferences over distance, approaching the same value as face-to-face meetings.

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The Polycom HDX solutions are based on the Polycom UltimateHD(TM) architecture, the foundation for the industry's only integrated and complete HD video collaboration offering that includes video systems, video multipoint control units (MCU), HD recording, streaming and playback systems (for both video and content), related HD services, and integrated Polycom HD Voice endpoints. The Polycom UltimateHD architecture gives customers the quality, scalability, backwards compatibility and end-to-end integration they require. (For more information on the UltimateHD architecture, please refer to today's press release entitled, Polycom Announces UltimateHD-Collaboration Architecture for Virtual Meetings that Rival In-Person in Quality of Detail, and Resulting Efficiency & Productivity.)

"The Polycom HDX series delivers far more than a simple increase in video resolution, and significantly enhances the entire user experience - including voice quality, video quality and content sharing capabilities," said Ed Ellett, senior vice president and general manager of video communications at Polycom. "In many applications, sharing content over distance can be far more valuable than just seeing other people. It is often the exchange of content that allows critical ideas to be transferred, enabling organizations to move swiftly and make confident decisions."

Polycom is delivering HD video communications technology in solutions for the executive desktop, conference rooms, and vertical solutions for education, healthcare/telemedicine, and judicial environments. In addition, Polycom is working with its alliance partners including Avaya, Microsoft, Alcatel, and IBM to enable the UltimateHD experience in the leading unified communications environments. Today, Polycom is announcing the Polycom HDX 9000 series and the Polycom Practitioner Cart HD for healthcare and medical applications. Polycom HDX video solutions can be integrated in an evolutionary manner as organizational needs demand since they actually improve the performance of existing standards-based video communications systems (non HD) on a network by sending and receiving people and content in higher resolution during a call and leveraging the highest capabilities of those systems.

"The Polycom HDX delivered the best video call I have ever experienced," said Andrew Davis, managing partner of Wainhouse Research. "The HDX systems provide an exceptional user experience for voice, video and content, and offer a lot of flexibility for customizing its video capabilities for the room and the specific application need. Polycom is also delivering an integrated, end-to-end HD offering, which has all the pieces customers need for a complete HD solution. HD provides video conferencing the way customers always imagined it to be -- clear, crisp and seamless."

New Applications for HD Video Communications

High definition significantly improves the clarity of video communications, creating a more engaging, lifelike and seamless communication and collaboration experience over distances. HD video enables a new broad range of business applications that rely on small but critical details for a variety of industries, including merger and acquisition negotiations, outsource management, manufacturing processes, hiring procedures, customer and partner negotiations, and research and development design activities. The ability to simultaneously share content in high definition, such as architectural or CAD drawings, animation, movies, or images from HD document cameras such as detailed circuit boards, intricate fabrics, patient X-rays, etc., creates new opportunities to streamline and accelerate business processes in fields such as medicine and healthcare, education, manufacturing, filmmaking, fashion and design, advertising and more.

"Casting often comes down to subtle, but important, characteristics of the actors, which directors and advertising agencies need to experience in full detail," said Morgan Fischer, co-owner of Beth Melsky Satellite Casting, an offshoot of Beth Melsky Casting, one of the largest commercial casting agencies on the East Coast. "Typically, this is done by flying directors and their teams coast to coast for different casting sessions, which is time consuming and costly. The Polycom HDX systems provide an experience that is exceptionally true to life, and we are able to dramatically streamline the process, accelerate decision-making and significantly reduce costs for our customers. We can essentially accomplish in one day, what typically takes a week. Our customers can screen actors in multiple locations on the same day without getting on a plane, enabling them to spend their time more productively making critical casting decisions, instead of traveling back and forth."

Polycom HDX 9000 series -- the UltimateHD video communications system

The Polycom HDX 9000 series is comprised of standards-based, rack-mounted video conferencing systems designed for conference rooms, integrated custom- room environments and specialized applications. The systems feature flexible, standards-based input and output options for customizing the solution for specific needs. The Polycom HDX 9000 series features many industry-first capabilities such simultaneous HD dual streams for People and Content, Siren22 StereoSurround and unmatched HD camera performance. System capabilities include:
 -- True HD video resolution with unrivaled motion handling -- Polycom HDX
 systems deliver true, standards-based 720p HD video (1280 x 720 at 30
 fps) at speeds from 1 Mbps to 4+ Mbps. The Polycom EagleEye HD camera
 delivers unmatched performance at resolutions up to 720p at 60fps and
 the Polycom HDX platform is equipped to deliver 1080p video resolution.
 The systems support HD in both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios without image
 distortion, which enables customers to use existing 4:3 HD-capable
 monitors. The Polycom HDX systems deliver 4CIF (704 x 576) video
 resolution starting at 256 kbps providing extraordinary video even at
 low data rates.
 -- Only systems that deliver simultaneous HD multimedia content -- Polycom
 HDX systems are the only HD video conferencing solutions available that
 deliver full motion HD content for simultaneous HD people and content
 dual streams (standards based H.239), which can include all types of
 content from full-motion video, animation, and engineering schematics,
 to architectural drawings, and images from high definition document
 cameras.
 -- Crystal-clear Siren(TM)22 StereoSurround(TM) audio -- Polycom HDX
 systems feature new Siren 22 (22kHz) StereoSurround, super wideband
 technology that delivers crystal-clear stereo audio with minimal
 processing requirements. New Polycom HDX microphone arrays offer
 360-degree pick-up capabilities to deliver Polycom Siren 22
 StereoSurround, and feature advanced technology that captures and
 balances voice volume, while reducing background noise. The new
 microphone arrays enable people to be heard equally well whether they
 are two feet or twenty feet from the microphone itself. The microphone
 arrays are also immune to cell phone interference (GSM -- Global System
 for Mobile Communications).
 -- New advanced HD video conferencing camera -- The Polycom EagleEye HD
 camera is an motorized pan/tilt/zoon (PTZ) camera that offers high
 definition imaging up to 60 fps with unmatched 12x zoom capabilities, a
 270-degree total viewing angle and, through the Polycom HDX systems,
 offers up to 99 camera pre-set options.
 -- Unmatched flexibility for systems integrators -- The Polycom HDX series
 features unmatched flexibility for integrating HD video communications
 into custom rooms or for specific applications. The 2U rack-mounted
 codec features up to five video inputs (all HD capable), up to four
 video outputs, and up to three audio inputs and two audio outputs (all
 stereo). The system offers crossbar switching for maximum design
 flexibility.
 -- Conference phone integration for natural call progression -- The
 Polycom HDX 9000 series will feature integration with Polycom's next
 generation VoIP conference phone, scheduled for availability in the
 second quarter of 2007. This integration will enable natural call
 progression turning a voice call into a video call with the touch of a
 button. Users will also be able to use the familiar phone keypad to
 dial a video call.
 -- Provides integrated, standards-based HD platform -- The standards-based
 systems integrate with Polycom MGC(TM) video bridges, which are the
 only scalable systems delivering true HD multipoint capabilities, and
 the Polycom RSS(TM) 2000 recording, streaming and archiving server,
 which is the only solution on the market that can record and playback
 video and content in HD. The Polycom HDX systems are interoperable with
 other standards-based (H.264) HD video conferencing solutions and are
 backwards compatible with other standards-based video conferencing
 systems from Polycom and other manufacturers.




To assist customers deploying HD video conferencing, Polycom is offering a comprehensive suite of HD Readiness services through its channel partners -- from planning and design to evaluating and optimizing HD video performance on existing networks to standard maintenance and service options.

Pricing and Availability

The Polycom HDX Series features three systems which are all now available for order through qualified Polycom channel partners with pricing ranging from MSRP US$13,999 to US$19,999. The Polycom EagleEye HD Camera is now available for order for MSRP US$4,999. The Polycom Practitioner Cart HD will be available in December for a starting MSRP of US$39,999.

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence-based networks. With its market driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. For additional information call 800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or 408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom website at http://www.polycom.com/.

Polycom reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed, and will be delivered on a when and if available basis.

NOTE: Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks, and HDX, UltimateHD, MGC, EagleEye, Siren22, and RSS are trademarks of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Kevin Young of Polycom, Inc., +1-925-924-5706, or kyoung@polycom.com

Web site: http://www.polycom.com/
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