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Polycom Offers Royalty-Free Codec

Polycom has made its wideband Siren 7 codec for HD voice available without a licensing fee in an effort to accelerate HD voice adoption.

Polycom has made its wideband Siren 7 codec for HD voice available without a licensing fee in an effort to accelerate HD voice adoption and demonstrate the company's commitment to open standards.

The royalty-free licensing offer is an extension of the one Polycom offered for its Siren 14 code. The newer 7-kHz version helps improve comprehension, allowing businesses to communicate more effectively and efficiently, says the company.

"Our HD Voice enables companies large and small to improve their speed of business...and offers more than twice the clarity of regular telephone conversations," said Jeff Rodman, Polycom co-founder and CTO of the company's Voice Communications Solutions division, in a statement. "Whether we're working with colleagues overseas or down the street, this means much better intelligibility during those conversations."

According to Polycom, the Siren 7 wideband audio codec provides audio communications at the half-bit rate or less than traditional wideband codecs.



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