Skype Unveils Open Standardized Interface for Encoding Cameras at Computex

Skype Unveils Open Standardized Interface for Encoding Cameras at Computex

New standard makes it easier and more flexible to develop webcams for Skype video calling

SINGAPORE - Skype announced that it is providing silicon vendors with a new standard interface for communication to H.264 encoding cameras. The new Skype UVC 1.4 standard will become the de facto standard for video calling giving silicon vendors the opportunity to develop cameras for Skype applications built on SkypeKit. SkypeKit is a collection of software and APIs that allows any Internet connected device to offer Skype voice and video calls.

In order to make video calling available to more consumers, the new standard interface from Skype will enable a generic solution for real-time communication on consumer electronic devices, making it easier for partners to develop encoding cameras that can deliver high quality video conversations by eliminating the need for additional processing by the computer or television running Skype. Starting today, the Skype UVC 1.4 specification is available as a free download from, giving silicon vendors the freedom and flexibility to develop cameras for a wider-range of consumer electronics devices.

Skype is already working with a number of partners who are leveraging its UVC 1.4 specification standard to implement HD video calling on a variety of consumer electronics.

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