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NETPOWER HAS INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR VIDEO STREAMING

NeTPower Inc, the Windows NT server and workstation vendor, turned up at the Siggraph graphics show this week with what it calls the first integrated systems designed for video streaming to the internet or corporate intranets. The NeTStream video server and NeTproduce workstation are aimed at those companies wanting live video capture, creation and delivery, and use technology from VXtreme Inc. The NeTstream server is said to be capable of supporting up to 1,000 concurrent users, with the high volume of streams per server said to reduce the hardware costs usually associated with adding supplementary resources to support video streaming. It comes bundled with Microsoft Corp’s Internet Information Server, the VXtreme Server and the Magnifi Server media data management application from the Apple Computer Inc, MIT Media Lab and Lotus Development Corp spin-off Magnifi Inc. NeTstream has a Matrox graphics card, three ultra-wide SCSI 2 controllers, up to 512Mb memory and 10/100 Fast Ethernet for fast data transfer. The NeTproduce workstation, for viewing live events directly from the internet, also uses VXtreme’s video compression software, which can also be used off-line for video capture and conversion in conjunction with Adobe Systems Inc’s Premier and VXtreme’s VXproduce tools. NeTPower also loads on Adobe’s Photoshop and NetObjects Inc’s Fusion for the creation of web sites in which videos will be housed. Both systems run under Windows NT and use 300MHz Pentium II chips. Base models cost $6,600 for the server, $10,300 for the workstation. NeTPower abandoned its RISC-based systems in favor of Intel Corp last year (CI No 2,852),

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