VARIABLE RATE BLOCK ENCODING AND ADAPTIVE LATENCY CONTROL FOR PACKET VOICE COMMUNICATIONS
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-11
Widespread use of networked computers in the workplace creates economic incentives for integra- tion of voice and data communications, at least with respect to connectivity (which in our view includes wiring, maintenance and administration). Further- more, technology allows merging of voice and data messaging: digital processing of voice and video com- pression make stored video and audio (CD-ROM or server on the network) available, increasing com- puting power of the PCs, new bus architectures and new software ensure multimedia capabilities at the desktop. What remains is to reduce latencies and thus making communications real-time. Integration of the telephone and the PC becomes then next to trivial, with the computer subsuming the telephone hmction.