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About

With the conversion of video distribution to digital formats, and the proliferation of video content to a wider range of devices, video compression system complexity is exploding. Requirements for video distribution systems are changing more rapidly than ever before.

Conventional solutions for video compression encoders and transcoders provide "one-size-fits-all" type designs. However, the expanding video application space; from HDTV to Smart Phones, requires a highly configurable compression system.

Our mission at igolgi Inc. is to provide innovative, flexible video compression solutions with state of the art video quality, outstanding price/performance, and offering the market a solution that can be tuned for individual installations. Our solutions are software based and optimized to run on a variety of multi-processor and hybrid CPU/Accelerator platforms. The flexibility of our solution enables our customers to tune the compression system for their specific application.

Our current products are video compression solutions targeted for the multi-core x86 architectures from Intel and AMD and the Cell Processor, enabling the best price/performance with the needed flexibility for the industry. In addition, we provide turn-key solutions with consulting and integration services, ensuring that installations achieve the maximum efficiency possible.

We are privately held and based near Princeton, NJ. Our senior management team has over 40 years of in-depth video compression R&D experience including contributions to MPEG2 and H.264. This team has designed a variety of successful products and integrated circuits utilizing these important standards.

Management

Jeff Cooper, Chairman and CEO

Jeff Cooper
Jeff Cooper
Jeff is a recognized video processing expert with over twenty years in the industry. He has made strong contributions to digital video product development and standardization activities including MPEG2, H.264, HD-DVD and BD. Prior to igolgi, Jeff was General Manager of a Corporate Research Laboratory for Thomson Inc in Princeton, NJ. He had additional responsibility as Worldwide Director of Compression activities in Thomson leading over a team of 80 researchers. Jeff was the lead contributor to the development of the industry’s first direct broadcast satellite video decoder for DirecTV. He also led several key developments for Thomson including the first HDTV decoder and DVD player. Jeff has six issued US patents and over 30 pending applications. He has a BSEE from Ohio University and an MS from Purdue University.




Dr. Kumar Ramaswamy, President

Dr. Kumar Ramaswamy
Dr. Kumar Ramaswamy
Kumar Ramaswamy is a senior technology executive with experience spanning telecom, broadcast and media industries with over seventeen years in the industry. Prior to igolgi, he held senior management positions at Thomson Inc., including Head of Research and CTO of the $4 Billion Systems Division which included head end products from Grass Valley and all home client solutions including settop boxes, modems and gateways. He holds 69 US patents and over 80 pending applications. He has been awarded the Outstanding Young Electrical Engineer Award by the HKN Society in 2000. He sits on the Advisory Boards of Novelsat, a satellite communications technology provider, Eyeugo, a startup developing products and services targeting senior citizens, VirtualWire Technologies, a wireless startup, and is Adjunct Faculty at Rutgers University. Kumar has a PhD from RPI in Electrical and Systems Engineering, MS(Math) from RPI, MS in Electrical Engineering from Vanderbilt and BE from NIT, Trichy, India.

Advisors

Susan Brazer, Advisor, Business Development

Susan Brazer
Susan Brazer
Susan is a global Business Development and Product Strategy executive, with expertise in developing and launching new wireless, broadband, broadcast and consumer electronics products/services. As a Managing Partner at Lionshare Strategies, Susan works with market leaders, start-up ventures and investors to accelerate commercial traction, market leadership and shareholder value. Previously, Susan was Vice President of Corporate Development and Product Strategy for Virgin Mobile USA. Prior to this, Susan was Executive Vice President of Kirch Media’s Prisma iVentures fund for wireless, TV and broadband start-ups for premier sports properties. Susan has also held management roles at Viacom, Compression Labs (DirecTV) and Apple Computer. Susan holds a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management and attended London School of Economics. She is currently a mentor at Princeton’s Keller School of Engineering on Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

News and Events Archive

Nov 10th 2009

igolgi Inc announces creation of role of President

igolgi, Inc., a provider of high quality video compression solutions based on multicore platforms, announced today that Dr. Kumar Ramaswamy will join as President of the Company. He will be working on a number of initiatives to accelerate the Company’s product plans and business activities. Dr. Ramaswamy is the ex-CTO of Thomson Inc.’s Systems Division and is a well respected senior executive in the media and entertainment industry.

“We are delighted to have Kumar join us in this newly created role ,” said Jeff Cooper, CEO of igolgi. “We hope to now accelerate our product introductions to the market with the momentum that we have been building and with his strong ties to the industry”.

“I believe that software based video processing is the future of the video industry. igolgi has built a remarkable base of quality software video processing components with which they can introduce very innovative new products fairly rapidly,” said Kumar.

March 10, 2009.

igolgi Inc announces new Chairman and CEO

igolgi, Inc., a provider of high quality video compression solutions based on multicore platforms, announced today that Jeff Cooper will take over as Chairman and CEO. John Stewart will remain active with the Company in a senior technical role. Jeff, a co-founder, was the CTO of igolgi.

“I am pleased to take on the mantle of this young startup. John will continue to play a very important technical role in the Company. As we mature towards building products, we will have to start focusing on the marketing and sales functions which I plan to handle initially in addition to my role as CEO,” said Jeff.


2008, November 9

IGOLGI ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF VIDEO COMPRESSION TRANSCODER SOLUTION FOR THE CELL BROADBAND ENGINE

Princeton, NJ – November 9, 2008

Igolgi, Inc., a provider of high quality video compression solutions based on multicore platforms, announced today the immediate availability of its video compression transcoder application solution for the Cell Broadband Engine™ (BE) processor.

The igolgi transcoder solution allows efficient conversion between MPEG2 and H.264 video compression formats for a variety of applications. The igolgi transcoder application utilizes the igolgi VELOCETM video codec software library for the Cell BE processor to provide a very flexible, high video quality transcoder application.

“With the increase of digital video formats, applications, and devices; there is a strong need for more flexible transcoding solutions that can be tuned to meet the specific requirements of video production and distribution companies”, said Jeff Cooper, CEO of Igolgi. “With a flexible software solution on a powerful multicore platform such as the Cell BE, Igolgi can provide the best transcoding solution for a variety of applications”.

The Igolgi transcoder utilizes advanced video compression algorithms in order to provide the optimum performance. The architecture of the transcoder allows a wide range of operating points from full decode/reencode all the way to simpler transrating functions, with a variety of operating points inbetween. In addition, the Igolgi transcoder can be easily adjusted to meet various video resolution and system density requirements from Mobile resolutions up to HD.

For further information on the transcoder application, visit the igolgi web site.

2008, June 12

IGOLGI ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF VELOCETM MPEG2 ENCODER/DECODER SOLUTION FOR THE CELL BROADBAND ENGINE

Indianapolis, IN – June 12, 2008

Igolgi, Inc., a provider of high quality video compression solutions based on multicore platforms, announced today the immediate availability of its MPEG2 encoder/decoder solution for the Cell Broadband Engine™ (BE) processor.

The MPEG2 codec is a complete Main Profile at High Level compliant encoder, and additionally supports 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 color representation, and resolutions up to 1080p60. The codec includes many new video compression algorithmic innovations including advancements in extensive preanalysis and rate control techniques. Igolgi developed the MPEG2 codec from the ground up with optimized parallel software architecture and high quality video compression algorithms tailored for multicore and hybrid computing platforms.

“As with all of our codec designs, we developed this MPEG2 codec with novel compression algorithms for optimum efficiency on multicore platforms, said John Stewart, CEO of Igolgi. “Igolgi continues to provide the industry with compression solutions that scale efficiently with the ever increasing density of multicore processors and hybrid computing platforms. By utilizing standard offtheplatforms such as the Cell BE, igolgi believes it can provide a breakthrough in price/performance for various applications that utilize video compression at its core.”

With the addition of the MPEG2 codec, the Igolgi video codec library for Cell BE now includes H.264, MPEG2, and DVCPRO series; all of which support up to HD resolutions. Further enhancements to the igolgi library will be available and announced in the near future.

2008, April 10

IGOLGI ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF VELOCETM H.264 HIGH PROFILE ENCODER SOLUTION FOR THE CELL BROADBAND ENGINE

Indianapolis, IN – April 10th, 2008

Igolgi, Inc., a provider of high quality video compression solutions based on multicore platforms, will be demonstrating the Igolgi VELOCETM H.264 HD High Profile encoder at the upcoming National Association of Broadcasters Convention (NAB Show) in Las Vegas, NV.

“We are very pleased to be demonstrating the performance of our H.264 real time HD encoder on the Cell Processor.” said John Stewart, CEO of Igolgi. “The demonstration will show a variety of HD content being encoded in real time. We will also demonstrate aspects of our advanced preanalysis techniques, an aspect of our encoder algorithms.”

The VELOCETM H.264 encoder provides real time multiple SD or single HD encoding at High Profile performance on the Cell processor, thus providing for an excellent price/performance ratio. The H.264 encoder is fully compliant with the H.264 standard, and includes the full feature set of H.264 such as 16x16 through 4x4 block sizes, progressive and interlace tools, and hierarchical B pictures. The igolgi encoder also includes several modes of CBR and VBR rate control, single and multipass modes, and a large set of optional preanalysis and preprocessing functions.

Demonstrations will be available by appointment only. Please contact igolgi at the information below to schedule an appointment.

2008, January 15

IGOLGI ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF VELOCETM H.264 HIGH PROFILE ENCODER SOLUTION FOR THE CELL BROADBAND ENGINE

Indianapolis, IN – January 15th, 2008

Igolgi, Inc., a provider of high quality video compression solutions based on multicore platforms, announced today the immediate availability of its VELOCETM H.264 encoder solution for the Cell Broadband Engine™ (BE) processor.

The VELOCETM H.264 encoder is a complete Baseline, Main, and High Profile compliant encoder supporting up to HD resolution. The encoder includes many new video compression algorithmic innovations including advancements in mode decision, preanalysis and rate control techniques. Igolgi developed the H.264 codec from the ground up with optimized parallel software architecture and high quality video compression algorithms tailored for multicore and hybrid computing platforms.

“This is the first of several codecs Igolgi is making available to the digital video market for the Cell BE processor.” said John Stewart, CEO of Igolgi. “Igolgi has developed a novel software architecture that scales very efficiently with multicore platforms such as the Cell. This architecture allows us to offer the industry a very flexible and dynamic solution that can be easily tuned for a wide variety of digital video encoding and transcoding applications.”

The VELOCETM H.264 encoder can provide real time multiple SD or single HD encoding at High Profile performance on the Cell processor, thus providing for an excellent price/performance ratio. The H.264 encoder is fully compliant with the H.264 standard, and includes the full feature set of H.264 such as 16x16 through 4x4 block sizes, progressive and interlace tools, and hierarchical B pictures. The igolgi encoder also includes several modes of CBR and VBR rate control, single and multipass modes, and a large set of optional preanalysis and preprocessing functions.

2007, September 7

IGOLGI ANNOUNCES COLLABORATION WITH MERCURY COMPUTER SYSTEMS IN DEVELOPMENT OF H.264/MPEG4AVC VIDEO CODEC SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR THE CELL BE PROCESSOR

Indianapolis, IN – Sept. 7, 2007

Igolgi, Inc., a provider of high quality H.264/MPEG4AVC software solutions, announced its collaboration with Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. on the development of a full Video Codec solution for the Cell Broadband Engine™ (BE) processor.

Mercury, a leading provider of specialized, highperformance computing solutions, has developed the Mercury Video Codec Library (MVCL) to take full advantage of the computational power provided by the Cell BE processor. The MVCL can be used to accelerate the most timecritical functions found in the video encoding and decoding process, while allowing the flexibility to create custom video codec solutions running on a variety of Cell BE processorbased hardware platforms.

Igolgi is utilizing the MVCL in the development of a highquality H.264 video encoder solution. The Igolgi Video Encoder solution is a complete High, Main, and Baseline Profile H.264 encoder supporting a wide range of resolutions and bit rates. Nextgeneration algorithms are a major component of the effort, tuned to the Cell BE processor’s vast compute capabilities, to provide a marketleading H.264 encoder solution in terms of compression efficiency, flexibility, and price/performance.

“We are pleased to work with Igolgi on their comprehensive encoder solution,” said Mark Skalabrin, Senior Vice President and General Manager for Advanced Computing Solutions at Mercury. “Combining the video compression expertise of Igolgi with Mercury’s Cellbased hardware and software design expertise enables a significant advancement in video encoding performance.”

“Mercury’s strong technical expertise with Cell BE hardware/software platforms has been instrumental in accelerating our development efforts,” said John Stewart, CEO of Igolgi, “Working with Mercury has allowed us to develop an H.264 encoder that takes full advantage of the processing power of the Cell while at the same time allowing us to concentrate on the development of advanced algorithms that result in superior quality video.”


About Igolgi, Inc.

Igolgi, Inc. is a provider of nextgeneration video compression products and services for digital television, internet hosting, and post production applications. Its products include video encoders and transcoders that provide significantly greater efficiency and advanced features. Igolgi is committed to bringing the market nextgeneration performance in video signal processing and compression solutions by leveraging the compute power of multicore and hybrid computer platforms.

Contacts:
Igolgi www.igolgi.com

Jeff Cooper
jeff.cooper@igolgi.com
+1-(609)-651-6141

Company Name

The root of the company name comes from parallel and multi-core structures found in microbiology.

"The primary function of the golgi apparatus is to process and package the macro-molecules such as proteins and lipids and that are synthesized by the cell. It is particularly important in the processing of proteins for secretion. The golgi apparatus forms a part of the endomembrane system of eukaryotic cells."

source: wikipedia.org http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/golgi_complex

igolgi is founded on the vision that media processing optimized for the future of multi-core and hybrid compute platforms will become the norm for many applications in the digital media world.