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MPEG-4 Book, The by Touradj Ebrahimi, Fernando Pereira

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2.3. Terminal Architecture

The overall architecture of an MPEG-4 terminal is depicted in Figure 2.3. At the bottom of the figure is the storage or transmission medium; this refers to the lower layers of the delivery infrastructure. MPEG-4 data can be transported on a variety of delivery systems as described in Section 2.2. This includes MPEG-2 transport streams, RTP/UDP over IP, and MPEG-4 (MP4) files. MPEG-4 data can also be sent over other transport mechanisms, such as Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) or Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB), using one or a combination of the previous stacks of protocols.

Figure 2.3. MPEG-4 terminal architecture [MPEG4-1].

Most of the currently available transport layer systems provide native means for multiplexing ...

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