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PictureTel Announces Availability of Its Analog Videoconferencing Software for Lucent and Rockwell Video-Ready Modems

 PictureTel's LivePhone software certified for use
 with industry-leading chipsets

ANDOVER, Mass., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- PictureTel Corporation (Nasdaq: PCTL), the world leader in videoconferencing technologies, today announced the availability of its PictureTel LivePhone(TM) analog videoconferencing technology for the newest video-ready modems manufactured by Lucent and Rockwell.

LivePhone is PictureTel's new standards-based, software-only product that turns any multimedia personal computer into a video phone that operates over traditional, analog -- or POTS -- telephone lines that are in every business and home. This new technology, which is based on the International Telecommunications Unions H.324 standard for videoconferencing over analog telephone lines, is targeted to the small business and consumer markets, where videoconferencing systems that operate over digital telephone lines are not widely used.

"Videoconferencing opens a new dimension to communication for the consumer and small business markets of multimedia personal computers", said Armando Geday, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems Multimedia Communications Division. "Rockwell is pleased to be working with PictureTel to bring this new technology to millions of home PC users. This software-based videoconferencing solution is a natural fit for Rockwell's ACF modems, as it will create demand for the new generation of synchronous, video- ready modems that will be powered by Rockwell chipsets."

Like PictureTel's suite of award-winning desktop videoconferencing systems, LivePhone provides outstanding video and audio quality to enable users to conduct meetings and conferences of all types easily and naturally. Any multimedia PC running the Windows 95(R) operating system with a 100 MHz or faster Pentium chip can use the LivePhone software.

"The advent of PC-based videoconferencing brings communication to an even higher level for the multimedia PC user," said Bob Rango, general manager, Multimedia Applications, Lucent Technologies' Microelectronics Group. "The Apollo chipset is an ideal complement to the PictureTel LivePhone application in bringing POTS-based videoconferencing to small businesses and consumers via the PC OEM."

David Andonian, vice president of PictureTel's Personal Systems Division, says that PictureTel's alliance with the industry's two leading modem chipset technology developers is a win for the customers of all three companies. "Videoconferencing technology that operates over regular telephone lines will open up whole new markets for PictureTel, Lucent and Rockwell. This marketing relationship enables three industry leaders to introduce the benefits of visual communications to businesses and consumers who have not previously deployed ISDN-based solutions, but who will embrace this standards-based analog software product."

About Lucent

Lucent Technologies designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, consumer and business telephone systems and microelectronics components. Bell Laboratories is the research and development arm for the company, which was formed as a result of AT&T's restructuring and became a fully independent company -- separate from AT&T -- on Sept. 30, 1996.

Lucent's Microelectronics Group designs and manufactures integrated circuits, optoelectronic components and power systems for the data networking and telecommunications industries.

About PictureTel

PictureTel Corporation is the world leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing a full range of videoconferencing solutions. The company's products serve videoconferencing needs from the desktop to the boardroom. PictureTel also markets network conferencing products and a comprehensive portfolio of enterprise-wide services. Additional PictureTel information is available on the Internet at PictureTel videoconferencing eliminates the barrier of distance, enabling people to be Anywhere Now(TM).

NOTE: PictureTel is a registered trademark of PictureTel Corporation. LivePhone and Anywhere Now are trademarks of PictureTel Corporation.

Windows 95 is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.

Recent PictureTel news releases are available on our Web site at or by calling 1-800-716-6000, extension 4 (U.S. and Canada only).

SOURCE PictureTel Corporation
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/CONTACT: Kevin Flanagan of PictureTel Corporation, 508-292-5178 or, or Diane Parazin of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-450-4300 or


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