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December 5, 1993


By CBR Staff Writer

Comdex Fall, Las Vegas, saw V.32terbo extend its hold on the high-speed modem market, as several semiconductor and modem manufacturers announced support for the standard. On the semiconductor side, vendors Cirrus Logic Inc, Sierra Semiconductor Corp and Exar Inc joined AT&T Co and Phylon Inc already shipping chip sets – in announcing semiconductor support. The three aim to unveil their V.32terbo offerings by the second quarter of 1994. Other companies announcing support for V.32terbo included Toshiba Corp, which plans to unveil a V.32terbo modem for its notebook computer line early next year, and Xircom Inc, which intends to announce a pair of V.32terbo modems (known as Ethernet+ Modem) combining V.32terbo modem and Ethernet functions, within the next couple of months. In addition, a spate of new V.32terbo products issued from the show. CXR Telcom Inc released the Terbo family of 19.2Kbps modems, available in rack mount, stand-alone and PC Card configurations, and supporting either two-wire dial up or two/four leased-line synchronous-asynchronous operation. Data Race Inc led on what it claims is the first PCMCIA V.32terbo fax/modem, the RediCard 1914 fax/modem; and the RediModem AT bus modem, said to provide the functionality of the RediCard PCMCIA modem in a half-card AT bus format. Both modems feature 16.6Kbps and 19.2Kbps data transmission rates, with 14.4Kbps fax. Digicom Inc unveiled the ScoutPlus V.32terbo data/fax modem based on its own V.32terbo-compatible silicon, with claimed data throughputs of up to 115Kbps. In addition, Digicom is offering V.32terbo upgrades to its Connection Series V.32 internal data and fax modems, enabling them to operate at 19.2Kbps and 16.8Kbps, for $50. PerfectData Corp’s three new 19.2Kbps V.32terbo fax/modem offerings are all upgrades too, this time to the company’s existing V.32bis products. The three products include an external MS-DOS/Windows Fax/Modem, an external modem for the Macintosh, and a pocket modem.

Talk Anytime

The company says it plans to add voice messaging and Caller ID features early next year. Logicode Technology Inc also announced V.32terbo upgrades, in this case for its Quicktel family of fax/modems. The 19.2Kbps modems are available in both internal and external personal computer, as well as external Macintosh formats, and come bundled with voice, facsimile, and communications software. Multi-Tech Systems Inc’s MultiModemPCS 19.2Kbps V.32terbo modem comes bundled too, incorporating the company’s MultiExpressPCS data communications and MultiExpressFAX software and its Talk Anytime and MultiExpressPCS enhancements. Talk Anytime activates voice-over-data any time the hand-set is picked up, and MultiExpressPCS enables the modem to export .WAV files. Global Village Communications Inc went the same route, bundling its GlobalFAX and GlobalFAX OCR software – said to enable users to send faxes from within any application – with its new Mercury line of V.32terbo 19.2-Kbps fax/modems for Macintosh desktop (Teleport/Mercury) and PowerBook 1XX (PowerPort/Mercury) notebook computers. Floreat Inc is also aiming at the notebook/laptop market with it Model 100 V.32terbo external modem, a 5.5 x 3.5 x 7.5 package. The Model 100 features a 57.6Kbps full-duplex throughput, V.42bis and MNP Class 5 data compression, and V.42bis and MNP Class 2/3/4 error correction. Floreat is offering the modem to bulletin board operations for $100 Penril Datacommunications Network Inc revealed an external DX V.32terbo modem, said to attach to any Data Termination Equipment device including Windows personal computers, Unix systems, and minicomputers and support DTE data rates up to 115.2Kbps. The modem also supports V.42 and MNP data compression and error correction protocols. Zypcom Inc added to its V.32terbo product line with the ZI32t family of modems that work across MS-DOS and Window personal computer, Macintosh, Unix, and AS/400 environments. The modems are upgradable to 28.8Kbps speeds once the V.34 spec is finished, says the firm.

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