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NEW PRODUCT MELDS SIGHT, SOUND, DATA ON SINGLE PHONE LINE

 LARGO, Fla., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T Paradyne announced today the first cost-effective, non-proprietary multimedia modem that will allow users to send and receive still images, graphics or data while talking on the telephone.
 For example, an architect in New York can discuss a design with a client in Europe while the design unfolds on computer screens in both locations. Both parties will be able to discuss and change the plans while using a regular telephone line.
 The AT&T DataPort 2001 Multimedia Communicator is a small, modem- sized box, which allows standard telephone lines to support simultaneous conversation and data transfer.
 Making this possible is a new AT&T Paradyne technology -- VoiceSpan -- that increases the capacity of existing telephone lines, by splitting a single line into two virtual channels, one transmitting AT&T-quality audio and the other high-speed data, including images.
 With the new product, users can send text or slides, music or voice, all on one line, all at the same time. The DataPort 2001 will be ideal for distance learning, for meetings and sales presentations, and will also allow users to play interactive PC games and talk simultaneously with another player.
 AT&T Paradyne will license its new VoiceSpan technology in its commitment to establish a common link between multimedia applications and will announce on Nov. 15 at Comdex in Las Vegas, that major modem, chipset and other end-product companies will incorporate AT&T's VoiceSpan technology in their products. "A key benefit of VoiceSpan is the interoperability that it will provide," said Jean-Claude Vrignaud, AT&T Paradyne's vice president of Personal Communication Technologies. The VoiceSpan logo will ensure interoperability and AT&T voice quality for different multimedia products.
 "The DataPort 2001, using voice-grade lines, marks our entry into multimedia communications; however, full-motion video is where we are headed," said Vrignaud. The product, which also can serve as a regular 14,400 bps data or fax modem, will be available, for less than $600, to a limited market in the fourth quarter of 1993 and will be generally available in the first quarter of 1994.
 AT&T Paradyne, headquartered in Largo, Fla., develops, manufactures and markets global data communications products and services. The company also licenses its CAP (carrierless, amplitude and phase modulation) technology for high-bandwidth transmission products to telecommunications equipment suppliers.
 The company developed the first modem (COMSPHERE 3800 Series) that can be upgraded over the standard telephone line, the first high-speed PCMCIA data-fax modem (KeepInTouch Card) and the first 28,800 bps modem. The world's first modem was invented by AT&T Bell Laboratories in 1956.
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 /CONTACT: Garrick Case of AT&T Paradyne, 813-530-8221/


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