AVC Interoperability Testing Enters Round Six

Thirty companies will participate in the sixth round of interoperability tests of advanced video coding (AVC, also known as MPEG-4 Part 10 and H.264). The tests--launched by the MPEG Industry Forum (MPEGIF)--are designed to ensure that the latest consumer electronics devices will work together.

Products being tested include SD and HD video encoders, set-top boxes, portable digital broadcast receivers, video-enabled mobile phones and more.

The Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA) is hosting and sponsoring the latest round of tests with the International Media Telecommunications Consortium (IMTC) and MPEGIF.

"MPEG-4 AVC and HE AAC are not a fantasy, real products have arrived," said Sebastian Moeritz, president of MPEGIF.

Companies participating in round six of the testing may also participate in the MEPGIF Logo Qualification Program. Products that meet the program's qualifications would sport the "MP4" logo.