Spawn Labs Uses MAKO-HD™ H.264 Codec to Enable Real-Time, Remote Access to Game Console Dev Kits From Any Network-Connected Computer

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Equipped With MAKO-HD, New Game Developer Suite Gives Game Development Teams Convenient Access to Real-Time HD Game Play Over the LAN or Internet

Last Updated: March 25, 2009 11:12 pm GMT
(MONTREAL, CANADA--March 25, 2009) HaiVision Network Video, the world's leading vendor of high-definition (HD) H.264 TelePresence codecs, today announced that Spawn Labs, based in Austin, Texas, has integrated the MAKO-HD™ H.264 ultra-low-latency codec into the unique new Game Developer Suite place-shifting game server, the first appliance to enable remote HD console gaming from any network-connected computer. Targeted to game developers and publishers, the Spawn Labs appliance uses HaiVision's MAKO-HD codec to provide all team members with real-time access to an HD-quality gaming experience, regardless of their location.



As software engineers, game designers, and artists use game console development kits to build games for high-end consoles, such as the Sony® PlayStation®2 and PlayStation®3, Microsoft® Xbox 360™, and Nintendo Wii™, the Game Developer Suite connects to the development kit to provide secure, remote, real-time access for all the distributed members of the team - designers, artists, developers, producers, executives, and marketing personnel. With flexible remote access to realistic game play with high-quality video, the entire team can participate and collaborate more effectively throughout the product development lifecycle.

"HaiVision has a strong history in the development of advanced video networking technology, and the company clearly has succeeded in optimizing the performance and quality characteristics of its H.264 encoding product," said David Wilson, president and CEO of Spawn Labs. "Both HD quality and very low latency are key in the gaming environment, and HaiVision's MAKO-HD codec really delivers on this combination. The MAKO-HD codec enables realistic game play over the LAN or Internet, and this capability in turn helps game developers to wring more efficiency out of the production chain and thus bring better games to market faster and more cost-effectively."

The MAKO-HD supports up to 1080p HD video with as few as 70 milliseconds of end-to-end latency, providing truly interactive sessions between remote sites with performance that is five to 10 times faster than traditional conferencing codecs and "low-latency" broadcast encoders. The "zero latency" performance of the MAKO-HD codec ensures hand-eye coordination, which requires latency levels below 90 milliseconds, or operation within a blink of an eye, just 100 milliseconds. To achieve the highest quality video given any particular bandwidth constraints and content requirements, the MAKO-HD allows full control over the encoding parameters. As a result, Spawn Labs has been able to configure the codec to meet the specific demands of users within the game development community.

Spawn Labs recently demonstrated the Game Developer Suite at the SXSW Interactive Festival, March 13-17, in Austin, Texas, where the product was one of four finalists in the online video-related technology category of the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator event.

Complete information on HaiVision products, including recent case studies and application notes, is available at www.haivision.com.

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About Spawn Labs
Spawn Labs is a pioneer in the market for remote, real-time, interactive access to high-definition video products and content. The company's first set of hardware and software solutions provides remote access to game console development kits to all members of a team - designers, artists, producers, developers, and testers - from any network-connected computer. A consumer version of these products will enable users to play their console games and watch their TV and DVR programs from any networked computer. Spawn Labs is a private company headquartered in Austin, Texas.

About HaiVision Network Video
Based in Montreal, Quebec, and in Chicago, Ill., HaiVision Network Video is a private company and a world leader in delivering the most advanced video networking technology and IPTV solutions. HaiVision's products are deployed worldwide within the foremost Fortune 100 companies, in the most rigorous military and defense applications, in healthcare facilities for video collaboration and training, for education and remote learning, in interactive broadcast applications, IPTV, and within the world's leading TelePresence suites. HaiVision distributes its products through value-added resellers, system integrators, distributors, and OEMs worldwide.

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