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July 5, 1993

FRANCE TELECOM, IBM HAVE VERSATILE DJINN COMMUNICATIONS ADAPTOR

By CBR Staff Writer

France Telecom SA and IBM France SA have joined forces for the first time to market Djinn, a jointly developed micro communicator that combines facsimile, Minitel viewdata and answering machine functions in a personal computer. Djinn, which was developed with the assistance of two French companies, Com 1 SA and Integro SA, is a pocket-sized box that connects the personal computer to the telephone network. The product is being sold in two versions. For personal computers configured for Windows – 20MHz 80386SX, 4Mb memory, a 60Mb disk, Video Graphics Adaptor, MS-DOS 5.0 and Windows 3.1 Djinn comprises a modem and software developed by Com 1 and Integro, and it sells for the equivalent of about $725. Djinn is also available in an IBM bumper bundle, where it comes packed into a PS/ValuePoint with 25MHz 386SLC processor for approximately $2,150. The two implementations are marketed by IBM and IBM distributors in France. The Djinn box itself will be sold by EGT, France Telecom’s equipment marketing subsidiary.

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