Howler Screamer Plus 300 Transcoding PCI Express Card Information:
The Screamer PCI Express card contains a software upgradable cell processor chip that can achieve up to 4 times the performance of standard DSP hardware in the same form factor. It's designed to offload packet processing tasks from the CPU and allow you to maximise the performance of your softswitch.
The Screamer Card is a half height, low profile PCI Express card that will allow your business to transcode 425 fully duplex G.729 calls. Future Screamer modules are under development including more transcoding codecs and other compute intense audio packet processing tasks.
The Screamer PCI Express card contains a high performance parallel processing chip. This is a revolutionary chip, called the Cell Processor, capable of an order of magnitude greater performance than current commodity CPUs from Intel or AMD. It achieves this by running software in parallel across several intercommunicating CPUs, all on the same chip.
Originally designed by Sony, Toshiba & IBM, several million Cell chips are in use worldwide, most notably at the heart of Sony's PlayStation 3 games console. Various manufacturers produce computers based on this chip, which has resulted in a readily-available, commodity-priced hardware platform. The beauty of the cell chip is that it is software upgradable - this means you can increase the capacity of your Screamer whenever you need to, or load new modules when they become available, without ever changing the card.
If you would like additional functionality on your Screamer card please let us know. Remember if your Screamer card installation is not running at full capacity than future Screamer modules can just be loaded onto the card without you having to buy any additional hardware - its a multi-functional PCI card that is future proof and upgradable.