Norwood, MA--March 20, 1997--Microcom Inc. (Norwood, MA) announced that it will deliver 56-kbps technology for its own products and to OEM partners in the second quarter of 1997. Microcom will incorporate Rockwell's software-based K56Flex solution into the ISPorte central site modem rack, higher-end remote products, strategic partner offerings, and external modems including the OfficePorte Voice and the DeskPorte P external modems. Microcom's Access Integrator remote access switch is slated for a 56-kbps release in the second half of the year.
These products will support an enhanced K56Flex technology for central site and remote modem applications. Microcom's K56Flex solution combines MODEMWARE, the modem and network interface technology, with Rockwell and Lucent's new K56Flex DSP technology. Microcom, together with strategic partners, is engaged in field trials of the new K56Flex chip set and is on track to ensure the timely delivery of its own upgradeable products and OEM technology to customers such as Cisco for their AS5200.
To further support the induction of a 56-kbps standard, and to ensure widespread product interoperability, Microcom is an active participant in the Open 56K Forum. The 28 companies currently participating in the Open 56K Forum represent more than 70 percent of the modem communications industry, reaching more than 12 million Internet subscribers worldwide.
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