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Interphase Enters Voice and Fax Over IP Market; New Subsidiary Readies Voice and Fax Over IP Gateways for Enterprise Networks.



DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 18, 1999--Interphase Corporation (NASDAQ/NMS:INPH), an international supplier of enterprise networking technologies, today announced the formation of a wholly-owned subsidiary to specialize in the development of IP telephony networking technologies. The subsidiary, QuesCom Corporation, will concentrate its development efforts on solutions that will allow corporate networks to consolidate data and telecommunications network traffic for cost-effective transmission over IP-based networks.

Voice over IP (VoIP) is a technology that enables the transmission of voice calls over data networks, utilizing breakthrough developments in DSP (Digital Signal Processing See DSP.

Digital Signal Processing - (DSP) Computer manipulation of analog signals (commonly sound or image) which have been converted to digital form (sampled).
), Computer Telephony Integration Computer Telephony Integration - Computer Telephone Integration  (CTI) and their application to existing IP based networks. Corporations today typically operate two communications networks, one for voice and another for data. Quescom VoIP Gateway products offer substantial cost savings to companies that are already utilizing TCP/IP TCP/IP
 in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances.
 by routing traditional PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) The worldwide voice telephone network. Once only an analog system, the heart of most telephone networks today is all digital. In the U.S.  phone calls via their existing data network.

"Voice over IP is revolutionizing telecommunications through the convergence of voice, video, fax, and data," said Greg Kalush, Interphase president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. . "This exciting new technology drastically reduces long-distance costs for the enterprise, and some research indicates that as many as 50-percent of major corporations will be investigating or deploying some form of VoIP by the year 2000."

Research suggests that companies can cut intra-company phone/fax communication costs by 70 to 80 percent. In response, the demand for VoIP Gateways is expected to explode. Market research firm Frost & Sullivan is predicting that sales of IP gateways are expected to approach $1.81 billion by the end of 2001.

In addition to the VoIP capability, QuesCom differentiates its products from other vendors by enhancing the existing PBX with new features like RAS (1) See network access server.

(2) (Remote Access Service) A Windows NT/2000 Server feature that allows remote users access to the network from their Windows laptops or desktops via modem. See RRAS and network access server.
, Unified Messaging and Least Cost Routing A feature of a telephone system that automatically connects an outgoing telephone call with the telephone service that costs the least to that location at that time of day. Depending on how it is programmed, least cost routing will either drop down to the second most-efficient service if . QuesCom's IP telephony solutions can be deployed into the existing phone system architecture and are designed to be easily upgraded in the future to function as a full LAN-based PBX system using all the benefits of converged voice and data over IP.

"Based on their present data networks and intranets or Internet VPNs, companies can implement voice services easily, and gradually migrate to the use of total IP-based communications networks," said Philippe Oros, QuesCom president. "QuesCom is developing phone and fax IP gateway solutions to enable overlay voice/fax networks on top existing corporate enterprise IP networks. This will provide substantial savings by eliminating voice and fax pay-by-the-minute calling charges by using already-paid-for LAN/WAN LAN/WAN Local Area Network/Wide Area Network  connections, and gives a new level of economy to remote private networks."

About QuesCom

Quescom Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary Wholly Owned Subsidiary

A subsidiary whose parent company owns 100% of its common stock.

Notes:
In other words, the parent company owns the company outright and there are no minority owners.
 of Interphase Corporation, is a of developer open telecommunications servers and innovative IP telephony solutions for enterprises including Voice Over IP (VoIP) gateways and remote access servers. Additional information about Quescom and its products and services is available through the company's web site at http://www.quescom.com.

About Interphase Corporation

Since its beginnings in 1974, Interphase Corporation has designed and delivered high-performance server connectivity for enterprise network environments and demanding embedded systems applications. Over its quarter century of operations, the company has gained an industry-wide reputation for developing robust products which survive the rigors of mission critical applications with the features and reliability necessary to provide "must have" connectivity.

Today, the Internet and corporate global network infrastructures are changing the way companies do business. Corporations are now using their network, their applications and the Internet as key strategic weapons in global business warfare. Data networks and traditional voice networks are merging, with voice and video being common to enterprise IT applications. Interphase is well positioned for this new Internet economy and provides an exhaustive set of products to enable the multi-service network connectivity required for new world communications For the company controlled by Sun Myung Moon and his Unification Church which owns The Washington Times and United Press International, see .

New World Communications
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The company's primary product lines are based on established and emerging technologies for the high-speed transmission and storage of information in local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and remote access servers (RAS), and storage area networks (SANs). The LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used.  products are based upon FDDI (Fiber Distributed Data Interface) Often pronounced "fiddy," it was a LAN and MAN access method that had its heyday in the mid-1990s. FDDI was an ANSI standard token passing network that transmitted 100 Mbps over optical fiber up to 10 kilometers. , ATM, Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet technologies, and provide the network interface within server and desktop environments. The WAN and RAS products employ ISDN ISDN
 in full Integrated Services Digital Network

Digital telecommunications network that operates over standard copper telephone wires or other media.
, xDSL, X.25, Frame Relay, ATM and 56K digital modem technologies to provide connectivity solutions for remote sites in heterogeneous, multi-vendor networking environments. In addition, the company's SAN products, based upon SCSI SCSI
 in full Small Computer System Interface

Once common standard for connecting peripheral devices (disks, modems, printers, etc.) to small and medium-sized computers. SCSI has given way to faster standards, such as Firewire and USB.
 and Fibre Channel technologies, create high-bandwidth connectivity between networks and mass storage devices.

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Interphase markets its products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors, systems integrators, value-added resellers (VARs) and large end-users through a worldwide sales and service network. Additional information about Interphase and its products is available through the company's web site at http://www.iphase.com.

The Interphase (i) symbol is a registered trademark of Interphase Corporation.
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