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PICTURETEL INTRODUCES TWO NEW GLOBAL VISUALCOMMUNICATIONS PRODUCT FAMILIES OFFERING COMPLETE,COMPATIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR COMPANIES

 DANVERS, Mass., July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- PictureTel Corporation (NASDAQ: PCTL), the global leader in dial-up videoconferencing, today introduced new desk-top and low-cost group conferencing families of standards-based products that provide complete, compatible videoconferencing solutions for all applications, including distance learning, telemedicine and telemarketing. Both product families are available in five languages, including English, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.
 The desk-top system, called the PictureTel LIVE(tm), PCS 100(tm), is a complete global standards-based, personal visual communications add-on solution priced at US $5,995 for personal computers running Microsoft Windows 3.1(R). PictureTel LIVE provides dial-up visual communications, screen sharing and collaborative computing overpublic switched digital networks.
 Priced from US $13,995, the System 1000(tm) is a full-featured, low- cost, standards-based group videoconferencing family which complements PictureTel's highperformance System 4000(tm) product family. It is a global product that is simple to order, install and use. The System 1000 provides Full CIF support for the TSS (formerly CCITT) H.320 videoconferencing standard.
 Both new product families feature PictureTel's innovative new PT 724(tm) audio algorithm and enhanced IDEC II(tm) echo cancellation with automatic gain control and noise suppression.
 Additionally, PictureTel announced low-cost upgrade paths to the Full CIF H.320 standard for all of PictureTel's installed base, and an across-the-board price cut of approximately 20 percent on the popular System 4000(tm) videoconferencing family of products.
 "The introduction of the System 1000 and PictureTel LIVE PCS 100 reconfirms PictureTel as the global videoconferencing leader," said Norman E. Gaut, president and CEO of PictureTel. "These systems will clearly redefine the way we meet by opening the interactive video market to include thousands of new users in applications from the desktop to the auditorium. And, by being compatible with our installed base, they also protect our existing customers' investments. This announcement should be a 'now is the time to buy' wake up call for those companies who have been waiting to experience the benefits of videoconferencing."
 PictureTel Introduces PictureTel LIVE Desktop Videoconferencing
 Priced at US $5,995, the PictureTel LIVE, PCS 100 personal visual communications system provides high-quality, high-performance Full CIF H.320 operation on any ISA bus PC running Microsoft Windows 3.1. The system's full-color, full-motion live video and industry-leading audio communications capabilities are fully integrated with its screen- sharing, collaborative computing environment. As with all PictureTel videoconferencing equipment, PictureTel LIVE is fully compatible with all PictureTel and competitive systems operating in the H.320 mode. It is available in either NTSC or PAL configurations.
 The PCS 100 consists of two ISA boards which provide video and audiocompression and switching, high resolution Super VGA accelerated graphics, videowindowing, and a BRI ISDN interface. The system supplies high resolution Full CIF video and 7Khz, full duplex audio for effective communications between desktops as well as with group systems. The PCS 100 also includes PictureTel's new FlipCam(tm), which can be quickly adjusted to most subjects and lighting conditions using manual zoom, focus and aperture controls, an innovative speaker phone/handset combination, and a full-featured, easy-to-use user interface software.
 "The PictureTel LIVE desktop system is a PC-based system that will provide new levels of quality for dial-up visual communications in conjunction with collaborative PAGE 3 computing capabilities," said Gaut. "With PictureTel's new desktop solution, customers will be able to gain access to thousands of people and organizations around the globe. With the touch of a button, you can initiate a video call to work one-on-one with otherdesktop video users or attend group meetings or classes remotely."
 PictureTel LIVE will be distributed through PictureTel direct sales representatives as well as selected dealers and distributors worldwide. The system will be available beginning in the fourth quarter.
 PictureTel Introduces System 1000, Low-Cost Group System
 The new System 1000 low-cost videoconferencing family offers standards-based functionality, including Full CIF H.320 operation, starting at $13,995. The system comes in two basic configurations -- the Model 30 and Model 50 -- both available in either NTSC or PAL for worldwide deployment. The Model 30 is equipped with a 20-inch monitor, FlipCam, picture-in-picture, multipoint, choice of five languages, and integrated BRI interface. The Model 50 has a 27-inch monitor, pan, tilt and zoom camera, camera presets, multipoint, picture-in-picture, a cart, and integrated ISDN BRI interface. Both systems can be configured with optional V.35/RS-366, dual CSUs or RS-449 interfaces.
 Additionally, customers can select a $5,000 optional feature package for either model which includes two times CIF graphics, far-end camera control, VCR audio, and 384Kbps operation.
 "The System 1000 opens the market to a whole new class of cost- sensitive buyers," said Gaut. "It fully complements the high- performance PictureTel System 4000(tm) family by providing a full- featured yet low-cost videoconferencing family that leverages PictureTel's video, audio and networking technologies."
 The System 1000 will be available beginning in September and will be distributed through existing PictureTel channels worldwide.
 PictureTel Announces Advanced Audio Capabilities
 PictureTel also announced today a new audio algorithm, PT 724(tm), that provides exceptional audio quality to both PictureTel LIVE and the System 1000 products. PT 724 offers high quality, full duplex 7KHz audio while consuming only 24Kbps of the transmission bandwidth. The new algorithm also increases video performance by freeing PAGE 4up approximately 30 percent more bandwidth for the video signal. Also included in thenew audio package is IDEC II(tm), an enhanced version of PictureTel's patented Integrated Dynamic Echo Cancellation technology with new noise suppression and automatic gain control features.
 System 4000(tm) Prices Reduced By 20 Percent;
 All New Systems To Ship With Both SG3(tm) and Link-64E(tm)
 PictureTel also announced price reductions of approximately 20 percent for its industry-leading family of System 4000 videoconferencing systems. And, the company said that effective immediately all new System 4000 systems would be shipped with both the PictureTel proprietary (SG3(tm)) and standard Full CIF H.320 (Link-64E(tm)) algorithms included in the new low base price.
 The price reductions were made possible through engineering and technology cost reductions as well as through manufacturing economies of scale made possible through volume shipment growth over the past year.
 Also, by including both the H.320 and SG3 algorithms in the base price of each new system, PictureTel is able to maintain system-wide compatibility with its System 1000 and PictureTel LIVE families. The company has been providing attractive upgrade paths to standards for all customers beginning with its VideoSlate(tm) annotation announcement in May.
 All PictureTel system families, including the System 1000 and PictureTel LIVE are compatible through PictureTel's industry-leading networking products such as the M-8000(tm) Multipoint Bridge. The M- 8000, which can run either H.320 or SG3, also has the ability to link on a single call, sites using a variety of carriers such as AT&T, Sprint, various PTTs, MCI or dedicated private circuits. The compatibility achieved through the bridge provides all PictureTel customers with unsurpassed connectivity worldwide.
 PictureTel Corporation (NASDAQ: PCTL) headquartered in Danvers, Mass., develops, manufactures and markets a full range of visual telecommunications solutions that are "Redefining the Way the World Meets.(tm)" PictureTel enables worldwide video communications through an easy to use, dial-up family of standards-based videoconferencing systems.
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 /CONTACT: Ron Taylor of PictureTel Corp., 508-762-5178; or Pam Austin of Rourke & Company, 617-267-0042, for PictureTel Corp./
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