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COMPANIES TO LICENSE AT&T TECHNOLOGY TO OFFER CUSTOMERS A NEW COMMUNICATIONS DIMENSION

 LARGO, Fla., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Paradyne announced today that Matsushita Electric Industrial, Canon and two divisions of AT&T plan to use its VoiceSpan(TM) technology in products such as telephones, fax machines and microchips, which will double the usefulness of existing telephone lines. The cross-company product compatibility will improve customers' productivity, as well as accelerate the trends toward telecommuting, distance learning and long distance video game participation with another player.
 VoiceSpan, a simultaneous voice and data technology developed by AT&T Paradyne and its AT&T Bell Laboratories group, increases the capacity of existing telephone lines by splitting a single line into two virtual channels. One channel transmits audio and music, while the second channel simultaneously sends high-speed data, including images. VoiceSpan also offers the potential for cellular and conferencing applications.
 The first product to use VoiceSpan was AT&T Paradyne's DataPort(R) 2001 modem, which was announced on November 1, 1993 and was recognized later in the month as the top new connectivity/hardware product at Comdex in Las Vegas. Modems with VoiceSpan technology will allow users to send text, slides, music or voice simultaneously over a single phone line for distance learning, meeting and sales presentations, as well as telecommuting applications. VoiceSpan modems will also allow users to collaborate via audio conferencing applications or play interactive games, while talking to their opponents in distant locations.
 The DataPort 2001 ships with FarSite(R) conferencing software from DataBeam Corporation, providing an integrated solution that allows collaborative computing via an electronic whiteboard.
 Canon and Matsushita Electric Industrial are expected to start developing, respectively, new fax products that will allow customers to speak simultaneously through a handset or speakerphone, while sending or receiving a fax transmission. This will enable customers to share information faster and more accurately, while leading to increased productivity, efficiency and improved security.
 AT&T Consumer Products will integrate the VoiceSpan technology into its industry-leading consumer phone product line for combined modem and phone functionality. Product details will be released later in the development process. AT&T Consumer Products will also use the VoiceSpan technology to complement its recently announced EDGE 16(TM) interactive game module for Sega, with simultaneous two-way voice transmission (full duplex) speakerphone capability.
 AT&T Microelectronics, a leading high-speed modem chipset manufacturer, will produce, in the second half of 1994, a new VoiceSpan chipset to be used in conjunction with the VoiceSpan brand.
 All products relating to this announcement will display the VoiceSpan logo to inform customers about product interoperability, voice quality and application flexibility. AT&T Paradyne intends to license the technology across additional market segments, such as personal computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs) and various telecommunications services.
 AT&T Paradyne, headquartered in Largo, Florida, licenses various global data communications and telecommunications technologies that it develops, manufactures and markets.
 Canon is a global company that originally started as a camera manufacturer. Today, Canon develops, produces, and sells various kinds of products such as printers, copying machines and facsimiles.
 DataBeam Corporation, headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky, develops and markets electronic meetings solutions, ranging from low-cost desktop software products to turn-key systems for high-end meeting rooms.
 Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., of Osaka, Japan, founded in 1918, is the world's leading manufacturer of consumer and industrial electronics products. More than 14,000 different electronic products are marked under the Panasonic, Technics, Quasar and National brand names.
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 /NOTE TO EDITOR: DataPort is a registered trademark of AT&T. VoiceSpan is a trademark of AT&T. FarSite is a registered trademark of DataBeam Corporation./
 /CONTACT: Junichi Tamano of Canon, 011-81-3-5482-8058; Dick Muldoon of AT&T Microelectronics, 908-771-2825; Mike Zeaman of AT&T Consumer Products, 201-581-3938; Becky Taylor of DataBeam, 606-245-3500; or Justin Camerlengo of Matsushita Electric Industrial, 201-392-4437/


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