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Sagem Announces U.S. Version of ISDN GeoPort Adapter; Built-in NT1 Offers Users Easy Set-up.

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 1996--Sagem, a high technology group and a leading supplier of ISDN and videoconferencing products for Macintosh and PC environments, today announced the U.S. version of the Sagem Planet ISDN GeoPort Adapter, an ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) GeoPort telecommunications adapter for the Macintosh computer.

The U.S. version has been optimized for the U interface standard in the United States and Canada and includes a built-in NT1 (Network Terminator). Sagem recently announced the availability of the worldwide version of the GeoPort adapter which is based on the S interface which is a standard throughout the rest of the world.

Both the U.S. and worldwide versions of the Sagem Planet ISDN GeoPort adapter deliver 128-Kbps speeds for the Macintosh, allowing users to be the fastest Internet surfers, transfer data at the highest speeds, consult video databases and communicate via videoconferencing.

GeoPort Technology

The GeoPort telecommunication architecture technology was introduced with Apple Computer's audio visual Macintosh computers in 1993. The GeoPort serial port allows users to attain data transmission speeds of up to 2 Mbps.

The GeoPort technology allows the Sagem Planet ISDN GeoPort adapter to offer a level of performance identical to a NuBus or PCI ISDN card. The ISDN GeoPort adapter can make two simultaneous 64 Kbps ISDN connections or combine the two ISDN B channels at 128 Kbps for high speed file transfer. Other external terminal adapters that do not use GeoPort are limited to the asynchronous speed of a regular serial port, losing at least 30 percent of available bandwidth.

Availability and Compatibility

The U.S. version of the Sagem Planet-ISDN GeoPort Adapter is expected to be available in September 1996 and is priced at $395 (US). The worldwide version of the product is available immediately and is priced at $495 (US). Both products may be purchased through Apple Computer Inc., authorized resellers as well as Sagem sales channels.

Both the U.S. and worldwide versions of the external ISDN adapter will work with 68020-based Macintosh computers through Power Macintosh" computers. The external ISDN adapter is plugged into one of the computers' serial ports and is compatible with standard protocols including Transparent, HDLC, PPP, MLPPP, LAPB (X.75), X.25 EuroFile, X.25 64K or X.25-MLP 128K, enabling it to exchange data with other types of ISDN cards.

Sagem ISDN products include the Planet-ISDN NuBus and PCI cards and both U.S. and worldwide versions of the GeoPort adapter.

About Groupe Sagem

GROUPE SAGEM is a French high technology group specializing in the telecommunications, defense, automotive and cable industries. GROUPE SAGEM has sales of 15 billion (French francs) or approximately $3 billion (US dollars). The group employs 14,700 people and has an international presence in 95 countries on all five continents.

GROUPE SAGEM is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange and headquartered in Paris, France. Sagem is established in the U.S. market, with branch offices in several locations including Cupertino, Calif. and a factory in Greenville, South Carolina. -0-

Note to Editors: Planet ISDN and SAGEM are trademarks of GROUPE SAGEM. GeoPort, Macintosh and Power Macintosh are registered trademarks of Apple Computer Inc. All other products are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders and are hereby acknowledged.

CONTACT: Grapevine Communication

Natalie Barreiro, 415/595-8793


SAGEM, Cupertino

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