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Radish VoiceView Adds DSVD Mode; VoiceView/DSVD Combines Complementary Integrated Voice/Data Technologies to Expand Options for Developers.

BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 2, 1995--Radish Communications Systems, Inc. today announced the availability of a DSVD (digital simultaneous voice/data) data mode under the VoiceView protocol. Radish's VoiceView protocol integrates voice and data communications using any telephone and a PC. The VoiceView protocol provides the unique ability to select from a variety of data modes during an ordinary phone call. With VoiceView/DSVD, Radish is adding access to simultaneous voice and data services as one of the selectable data modes.

"VoiceView/DSVD combines the strengths of both VoiceView and DSVD. It is a clear statement about the complementary nature of alternating and simultaneous voice/data technologies and focuses attention on the real issue -- integrated voice/data applications," said Dr. Guy Blair, Intel Architecture Lab's architecture marketing manager. "At Intel, we believe that integrating voice and data on the PC is an important step for the advancement of the personal computer, helping to fulfill its emerging role as a true communications device."

The new VoiceView/DSVD data mode supports the Digital Simultaneous Voice and Data Protocol Specification 1.2 developed by the following companies: Creative Labs, Hayes Microcomputer Products, Intel Corporation, Rockwell and U.S. Robotics. This expands the options available to developers of integrated voice/data applications by making the capabilities of both alternating and simultaneous voice and data available under the VoiceView standard.

"The DSVD specification was compiled by this industry group to facilitate the development of interactive applications which seamlessly integrate voice and data technologies," said Paul Davoust, vice president of marketing for Radish. "Together, the alternating and simultaneous voice/data technologies that comprise VoiceView/DSVD expand developer's options for creating applications that combine the information power of the PC with the ease of use of the telephone."

The VoiceView protocol has already been licensed by major chip makers, PC OEMs and modem vendors to bring the powerful capabilities of this full-featured, integrated voice/data technology to the consumer. Companies announcing support for VoiceView/DSVD include AT&T, Boca Research, Cardinal Technologies, Creative Labs, Hayes Microcomputer Products, Intel Corporation, Sierra Semiconductor and Texas Instruments.

VoiceView acts as a universal, automatic switch between voice and data modes in a broad range of modems. The VoiceView protocol offers the unique ability to automatically select from a variety of data modes during a single phone call. A key feature of VoiceView is its capabilities query function which can determine which data modes are available on each end of a telephone call, allowing the most appropriate method of delivering data to be selected based on the equipment available on both ends of the call.

VoiceView's existing data modes currently provide broad support and unique benefits, including support for very low-cost communications devices, digital phone-equipped call centers, interaction with visual voice response servers via interactive forms and a fast-train data mode optimized for electronic commerce transactions. Support of DSVD adds person-to-person application sharing, remote control, desktop conferencing and real-time games.

"Consumers now have the best of both worlds," said Larry Steffann, vice president of operations for Boca Research. "The marriage of these two technologies provides a wider range of interactive computing support for the end-user."

"The concurrent use of voice and data is an important trend that is changing our work style and the way we use computers," added Lisa Pelgrim, computer-telephony industry analyst with Dataquest. "The unification of VoiceView and DSVD under one protocol simplifies this evolution. The technologies will now be viewed as complimentary, not as competing protocols. Products with VoiceView/DSVD will be feature rich, providing end-users with the most options."

"VoiceView/DSVD delivers a whole new level of end-user applications, such as workgroup collaboration, over one standard phone line," cited Hayes Microcomputer Products Inc.'s vice president of engineering, Mikhail Drabkin. "This new combination is an important evolution in the migration of voice technology."

The ability to seamlessly add support for new data modes is an important part of the flexibility and growth of the VoiceView protocol. Adding VoiceView/DSVD models to existing VoiceView modem product lines provides compatibility and scalability to integrated voice/data applications. VoiceView/DSVD is a backward compatible enhancement to modems which implement VoiceView/AVD and DSVD technologies. Existing VoiceView and DSVD applications work unmodified.

Devices incorporating VoiceView/DSVD are anticipated in prototype form at Fall COMDEX in November.

Radish Communications Systems, Inc. of Boulder, Colo. is The VoiceView Company. VoiceView is the industry standard for integrated voice and data communications using any telephone and PC. Combining the instant response of a telephone conversation with the visual power of the PC, Radish's VoiceView protocol and TalkShop software are changing the way businesses and consumers communicate, improving customer service and creating new electronic commerce opportunities. Radish manufactures software and hardware to support the wide use of VoiceView-certified technology.

Radish Communications Systems, Inc. 5744 Central Avenue, Boulder, Colorado 80301. Phone: 303/443-2237. Fax: 303/443-1659. -0-

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