By Larry Hettick, Network World
Digium has introduced Asterisk 10, providing extensive updates to the open source communications platform that enhance its voice and video capabilities.
Digium touts the new wide-band media engine as the most important new feature in Asterisk 10, replacing Asterisk's telephony-grade media engine with support for studio-quality audio that includes high and ultra-high definition voice.
Digium also updated Asterisk's support in the latest release for several new codecs, including Skype's SILK codec, 32kHz Speex support and pass-through support for CELT (Constrained Energy Lapped Transform, a compression technique used for high quality audio).
Asterisk is a popular communications platform used to power telephone and other communications systems; according to Digium, it was downloaded 2 million times last year alone. Asterisk 10 news was featured late last month at AstriCon, the Asterisk User Conference & Expo, held in Denver.