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ANALOG DEVICES MODEM CHIP SET HEART OF 9600 BPS MODEM OFFERED BY PRODIGY

ANALOG DEVICES MODEM CHIP SET HEART OF 9600 BPS MODEM OFFERED BY PRODIGY
 NORWOOD, Mass., Nov. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) today announced that its modem chip set forms the heart of a 9600-bits- per-second (bps) modem that Prodigy Services Company is making available for under $200 to its 800,000 on-line information subscribers. The new modem, called the Eagle, is being supplied by Digicom Systems, Inc. of Milpitas, Calif.
 By using the Eagle, subscribers can connect to Prodigy in most major metropolitan areas at 9,600 bps over standard dial-up telephone lines, providing data transfer up to four times faster than what can be achieved with the 2,400 bps modems in common use today. This results in much faster screen updates and minimizes the time the user must remain on line. Software supplied with the modem also allows users to connect to other services at up to 14,400 bps, and to send and receive faxes via their PCs.
 The modem is compatible with V.32bis, an international standard for modems operating over dial-up lines at up to 14,400 bps. It provides full-duplex data transfer capability at 9600 and 14,400 bps, plus data compression and error correction capabilities. It also includes Group 3 send/receive facsimile capability. The Eagle connects to IBM and compatible PCs via an external cable. Prodigy plans to offer a similar modem for use with the Apple Macintosh by mid-1993.
 The Analog Devices' modem chip set used in the Eagle includes a digital signal processor IC and a codec (coder/decoder) IC. Operating under the direction of modem firmware developed by Digicom Systems, the chip set provides virtually all of the modem's functionality.
 Fred Larson, senior vice president for Prodigy, commented, "With its Signal Computing architecture, the Eagle has the power and flexibility we need to expand the speed and scope of the service we bring to our members."
 "The availability of the Analog Devices chip set was the key factor in Digicom's ability to provide a breakthrough low-cost/full-featured 9600 bps modem to Prodigy that Prodigy could then offer to its subscribers for less than $200," said Ken Krechmer of Action Consulting in Palo Alto, Calif. "Furthermore, the Analog Devices signal computing architecture provides a bridge to the future by allowing firmware upgrades to support voice and other multimedia capabilities. Higher- speed access, lower cost and upgrade capability form a winning combination for Prodigy and its users."
 With fiscal 1991 revenues of $538 million, Analog Devices is a Fortune 500 manufacturer of precision, high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications.
 The company employs approximately 5,200 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.
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 /CONTACT: James O. Fishbeck, Analog Devices director of corporate communications, 617-461-3282/
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