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 WILMINGTON, N.C., Nov. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Twincom, a manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, has introduced the industry's premier PC-to-PC video phone system. "C-Phone" turns desktop PCs on networks into video phones featuring real-time, full-motion color video at 30 frames per second with synchronized audio. C-Phone is the first system that enables PC users to transmit audio and video from one PC to another, onsite and remotely, with television-quality images.
 "Existing teleconferencing systems are conference room-based, requiring users to leave their offices and PCs to make a video conference call, and they only transmit images over special telephone lines to remote sites," explained Twincom Chairman and CEO Daniel Flohr. "C-Phone's proprietary technology allows users to make live, television-quality video calls from their own desktop PCs to other people on the network, as well as over high-speed phone lines to remote sites."
 C-Phone operates on 386/486-based PCs running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 3.1 over either Novell Netware or Artisoft's Lantastic networks. The system will support up to 64 lines or 32 simultaneous two-way calls on each LAN workgroup. Special bridging hardware will allow for video calls between LANs and WANs.
 Twincom's C-Gate technology is an option that enables C-Phone to connect to other video systems or video conference rooms outside of the network. Using either V.35 or ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) high-speed phone lines, calls can be placed to other C-Phone networks or any video conferencing equipment using H.261/H.320 protocol. C-Phone may also be connected to a standard television cable or antenna for viewing television channels throughout the network.
 A Complete Package, A Very Personal System
 C-Phone is a complete hardware and software video system for only $1,995 per PC. Its camera/microphone/speaker unit sits on top of the monitor, positioned for optimum eye-to-eye contact. The user has the ability to select video windows ranging anywhere in size from a postage stamp to full-screen.
 "When we designed C-Phone, we paid a great deal of attention to the human issues as well as the technological ones," said Flohr. "The picture had to be great. We wanted natural sound -- not like typical speakerphones -- and for people to be able to use it as easily as they use their telephones."
 Twincom's proprietary C-Sound, a screen-reflected audio technique, creates the impression that the caller's voice is coming directly from the face on the screen. Special circuitry eliminates extraneous noise and echo. The system also includes audio and video scrambling for security, and a lens cover provides privacy by shutting off video capabilities.
 "C-Phone is ideal for any office on a network. Users can show co-workers something without leaving their offices. A company official can address a select group or the entire company at once without anyone leaving their desks," says Flohr.
 Functions Like A Phone -- Plus
 The C-Phone software provides many standard telephone features such as Caller ID, Call Waiting, Call Forwarding and hold capabilities. Callers may leave messages attached to their photo-icon on the recipient's screen. These messages may be played back, responded to, deleted or archived.
 In addition to two-way calls, C-Phone's Broadcast Mode allows one user to send a video message to multiple recipients. In Conference Mode, a number of people can participate in a single conversation, like a standard telephone conference call.
 The speed dialing equivalent for C-Phone is "C-Call," a patent- pending picture-based dialing directory. Users on the network are identified by their own photo-icons as well as by their names and titles or departments. The directory can be called up alphabetically, by department or by most frequently dialed. Making a call is as simple as pointing and clicking on the photo-icon of the desired party.
 "Adding video to our daily business communications will change the way we work," Flohr commented. "People will use C-Phone in ways we haven't even conceived of yet. It's going to be amazing to watch."
 C-Phone users will soon be able to make video calls within other applications as well.
 Twincom is offering a software developer's kit for writing routines in other programs to support C-Phone hardware and enable C-Phone to be integrated into other software packages.
 System Requirements
 System requirements include a 386 or higher personal computer, VGA card with VESA feature connector, VGA monitor, Windows 3.1 and Novell Netware or Lantastic network operating systems.
 C-Phone will be available in December through Twincom's world-wide network of distributors and manufacturer's representatives.
 NOTE: Products mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
 Twincom, 6714 Netherlands Drive, Wilmington, N.C., 28405; 919-395-6100; FAX 919-395-6108.
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 /CONTACT: For product information, 919-395-6100 and for press, Gibson Communications, 312-868-9400/

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