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Ligos Plans H.264-based Products

Ligos, a San Francisco-based manufacturer of software codecs, will work with Intel to develop products meeting the new H.264 compression standard. The goal is to incorporate Intel-optimized H.264 technology into future Ligos products for PCs, handheld computers and broadcast video applications.

Also known as MPEG-4 Part 10, H.264 can be used for delivery of high-definition television, video-on-demand, video-over-IP and video-over-WiFi networks. Ligos plans to release software products compatible with H.264 by the end of 2004.

"We intend our platforms to play a pivotal role in the creation and consumption of next-generation media, which will be aided by Ligos development and delivery of H.264 applications," said Shane Wall of Intel's Emerging Platform Lab. Work is already underway to extend the H.264 implementation with advanced features for optimized applications.