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MICROCOM ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY'S FIRST V.32BIS PORTABLE MODEM

 MICROCOM ANNOUNCES INDUSTRY'S FIRST V.32BIS PORTABLE MODEM
 NORWOOD, Mass., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Microcom(R), Inc. (NASDAQ: MNPI), developer of MNP(R) (Microcom Networking Protocol(tm)), today announced the MicroPorte 4232bis, the industry's first V.32bis portable modem. With V.32bis, the MicroPorte 4232bis yields high-speed throughputs up to 38,400 bps on land-based lines reducing modem connect time, resulting in substantial line cost savings. In keeping with the company's strategy, the MicroPorte 4232bis supports MNP 10 providing enhanced data transmission reliability over both dial-up and cellular connections.
 The MicroPorte 4232bis has a footprint about the size of an index card, weighs 10 ounces, and supports the advanced modem features users have come to expect from Microcom's premium desktop modems.
 "The MicroPorte 4232bis is the only high-speed portable modem that enables users to communicate virtually anywhere," said Stephen P. Mank, Microcom's vice president of marketing. "Supporting communication over cellular is particularly important to the increasing number of laptop, notebook, palmtop and pen computer users who require mobile communication capabilities. With MNP 10, their connect times are shorter and communication links more reliable."
 Microcom's MNP 10 gives the MicroPorte 4232bis user a better chance to get connected and stay connected over poor quality cellular and land- based links. MNP 10 incorporates four unique functions called Adverse Channel Enhancements(tm) (ACE(tm) that regulate modem speed and packet sizes, optimizing data transfer under virtually any conditions. MNP 10 initiates a call at 1200 bps, the most robust level, then upshifts to the highest possible line speed. Throughout the call, MNP 10 monitors various line parameters and aggressively adapts packet size and shifts modem speed, upward or downward, providing optimum data throughput.
 In addition to supporting CCITT V.32bis modulation standards and MNP 10, the MicroPorte 4232bis also supports MNP 2-4 error control, MNP 5 and V.42bis data compression, and other modulation standards, including V.32 (9600), V.22bis (2400), V.22 (1200 bps), Bell 212A (1200 bps) and Bell 103 (300 bps).
 The MicroPorte 4232bis includes an AC power pack and rechargeable batteries. Fully charged batteries provide 1.5 hours of connect time. Auto shut-off conserves battery life when the MicroPorte is not in use. For mobile computing, users can purchase an optional 12-volt DC adapter that plugs into a standard automobile cigarette lighter.
 Shipping to authorized Microcom resellers in February 1992, the MicroPorte 4232bis will have a list price of $899.
 Microcom is a PC connectivity company headquartered in Norwood, Mass., with offices in Danbury, Conn.; Wilmington, Del.; Durham, N.C.; Caguas, Puerto Rico; and international offices in France, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Kingdom.
 Microcom and MNP are registered trademarks of Microcom Systems, Inc. MicroPorte 542, MicroPorte 4232bis, MicroPorte 1042, Microcom Networking Protocol, MNP 10, Adverse Channel Enhancements, and ACE are trademarks of Microcom Systems, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Williams, 617-551-1681 or Adriano Rosa, 617-551-1669; both of Microcom; or Teri Bruno of White Cromer Bellack, 714-752-2216/
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