In one of the first moves of its so-called Internet Building Block Initiative, Intel has licensed patented telephony software to Internet telephony exchange carrier ITXC, which will integrate the technology into its global services.
Intel's technology is a combination of acoustic echo cancelling and buffering that improves sound quality and reduces latency when making calls from a PC to a phone or to another PC, giving the end user more of a traditional circuit-switched phone experience.
"We have a patented technology that allows us to measure the latency introduced into the network, then modulate the size of the buffer to compensate for the network latency," said Rabi Bedanayagam, capabilities manager for Intel IT Telephony.
"We became interested [in the Intel technology] because of the software points and the ease of customisation," Mary Evslin, Vice President of Marketing at ITXC said "[The Intel technology] disappears into the site, taking on the look and feel of the interface."However, Ed Wadbrook, director of voice solutions for networking vendor 3Com feels the Intel technology is nothing new. "The issue about latency, buffering, and echo cancellation - those are practices that any software company developing (voice over-IP) would have to address, and there are continuing advancements coming for this almost daily to allow for richer communication structures to exist," Wadbrook said.
Internet Building Block Initiative software solutions that will follow this announcement will include 3D graphics and streaming media technology, according to Intel officials.