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Compaq Unveils First Website for Indexing Spoken Streamed Media; SpeechBot Research and Development Site Furthers Innovation Leadership.

SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Drawing on its leadership in Internet services and solutions, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) today announced at Streaming Media West in San Jose (Compaq Booth #927), the availability of the first search site for spoken streamed media on the Internet. The site, (www.compaq.com/speechbot), contains one of the largest speech indexes available on the Internet.

Cited as one of the fastest growing segments of streaming media, spoken audio represents thousands of hours of content without transcripts to support conventional indexing and search engines. Users must listen to hours of content before they find what they need. With SpeechBot's speech recognition and indexing technology, users can quickly and easily find relevant content for such programs as Motley Fool, National Public Radio's Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation, Dreamland with Art Bell and others.

"Compaq's Corporate Research Laboratories have been pioneers in Internet research," said Bob Iannucci, vice president, Corporate Research, for Compaq. "With the invention of AltaVista, through to advanced search technologies such as SpeechBot, we continue to set the bar for Internet innovation."

SpeechBot brings the power of Web search to non-text media by building on Compaq's investments and innovation in human-centric computing. A pioneer in Web multimedia indexing, Compaq transferred the world's first multimedia Web search technology to AltaVista.

SpeechBot's system architecture is highly scalable, indexing more than 2,000 hours of audio available for searching on the site. The site uses Compaq Professional WorkStations running the Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R) operating system for the multimedia crawling, Compaq ProLiant servers running Linux for speech recognition, and Compaq Tru64 UNIX(R) running on AlphaServer DS20 systems for multimedia search and high performance Web serving.

About Compaq

Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is the second largest computer company in the world and the largest global supplier of computer systems. Compaq develops and markets hardware, software, solutions and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, enterprise and network storage solutions, commercial desktop and portable products and consumer PCs. The company is an industry leader in environmentally friendly programs and business practices.

Compaq products are sold and supported in more than 100 countries through a network of authorized Compaq marketing partners. Customer support and information about Compaq and its products are available at http://www.compaq.com.

Compaq and AlphaServer, registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Tru64 is a trademark of Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P. Microsoft and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. Other product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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