Ron Elkayam (relkay01@fiu.edu)
Sat, 14 Sep 1996 03:24:13 -0400 (EDT)

Well. 28.8K was the king for quite a while. But not for long.



Rockwell expands the applications for analog modems.
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (Sept. 10, 1996) -- Rockwell Semiconductor Systems
today announced a new modem technology enabling internet connections at
rates up to 56,000 bits per second across standard phone lines. Supported
by leading internet communication equipment providers, the technology
specifications will be submitted to appropriate standardization bodies in
an effort to make the technology a world wide standard.

"This new technology gives web surfers the capability to connect to the
Internet at almost double the average connection speed of today's fastest
analog modems," said Armando Geday, vice president and general manager,
Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, Multimedia Communications Division.

Bridging the gap between current analog transmission rates and fully
digital communication --such as Integrated Services Digital Network
(ISDN)-- this new technology offers substantially faster speeds without
requiring the added investment of installing digital, ISDN lines. To
achieve up to 56 Kbps internet access, both end users and internet service
providers must utilize modems that incorporate this technology. For
consumers, this transition will be as easy as migrating from 14.4 Kbps to
28.8 Kbps modems.

By leveraging its expertise in standard analog modem products and building
on existing industry technologies, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems is
devising techniques for overcoming the limitations of analog connections to
provide internet access at rates of up to 56 Kbps. Unlike traditional
modems, which assume an analog connection between the users, this new
technology takes advantage of the high-speed, digital connection to the
telephone network that internet service providers and corporations already
have. For example, when a home subscriber places a local telephone call to
an internet service provider, in many cases, the only analog portion of the
total connection is the short distance from the user's home to the local
telephone company central office.

Rockwell expects to demonstrate 56 Kbps transmission capabilities at the
November, 1996 Comdex show in Las Vegas. Rockwell intends to introduce a
family of modem chipsets implementing its new technology. For more
information on Rockwell products, contact the Rockwell Literature Line at
(800) 854-8099 inside the U.S., at (714) 221-6996 outside the U.S., or
visit the Semiconductor Systems website.

Rockwell Semiconductor Systems is the fastest growing business segment of
Rockwell. Based in Newport Beach, Calif., it comprises the Multimedia
Communications Division and the Wireless Communications Division. The
Multimedia Communications Division is the world leader in facsimile and PC
modem devices for personal communications electronics. The Wireless
Communications Division offers total system solutions for advanced cordless
telephony and global positioning system (GPS) receiver engines and is
developing products and technologies to address the Personal Communications
Services (PCS) and wireless packet data markets.

Rockwell's industrial automation, semiconductor systems, avionics and
communications systems and automotive component systems businesses are
leading providers of technology solutions to customers worldwide. The
company has annual revenues in excess of $10 billion and employs more than
56,000 people.