WebRTC World Feature Article

January 16, 2015

Intel Enhances Focus on WebRTC

This week, Intel released the second version of the Intel Collaboration Suite for WebRTC (Intel CS for WebRTC). Intel CS for WebRTC, initially launched in June last year, offers software and service developers a kit with both server- and client-side tools for designing browser-based video conferencing capabilities. It provides optimizations developed by Intel Software which enable higher video quality by taking full advantage of Intel Architecture (IA), Intel Iris Pro and Intel HD graphics, and Intel-based hardware-accelerated with VP8 and H.264 encode/decode. The server tools include an IA-optimized multipoint control unit (MCU) which manages multiple simultaneous client streams, enabling high quality group video calls within a webpage.

This new release extends Intel CS for WebRTC with a new set of tools and SDKs for designing customized layouts for user interfaces – focused to non-peer-peer group calls. Intel created these tools by working closely with WebRTC developers such as FACEmeeting, a startup who is using the Intel tools to create a new multi-user video conferencing platform, pictured below. More information is in a blog post by Michael Greene is a Vice President and the General Manager of System Technologies and Optimization.

With the enhancement of the Intel WebRTC focus, combined with the release of RealSense, Intel’s platform for systems to analyze the physical environment around them using camera arrays and analysis algorithms, Intel is rapidly moving forward to have a leadership role in the core of next generation real time systems.  With Intel CS for WebRTC, Intel is showing that it intends to enable both the end point and core server processors with capabilities to accelerate real time media flows.

The investment in WebRTC and other technologies reflects a significant increase in Intel innovation leadership. The inclusion of WebRTC in those innovation strategies is a significant indicator that Intel views the webification of communications and real-time as significant potential drivers of CPU utilization and new processor capabilities. More information can be found on the Intel CS for WebRTC homepage.



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