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U.S. ROBOTICS ANNOUNCES V.32 BIS PCMCIA FAX/DATA MODEM

 V.32 bis PCMCIA Modem to Ship in June;
 Dual Standard PCMCIA Modems With Cellular Capabilities to Follow
 SKOKIE, Ill., May 10 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: USRX) today announced two PCMCIA products scheduled to ship in June -- a V.32 bis/14,400 bps PCMCIA fax/data modem and a V.22 bis/2400 bps PCMCIA fax/data modem. The company also announced a Dual Standard PCMCIA modem to ship in late July, which includes V.32 bis, cellular capabilities and HST, U.S. Robotics' proprietary 16.8 Kbps asymmetrical data transmissions protocol. All products include both fax and data capabilities, and are designed for "credit card"-sized laptop and palmtop PCMCIA 2.0 slots.
 "PCMCIA further broadens our comprehensive WorldPort line of portable modems, providing new portable fax/data communications options for our customers," said Jonathan Zakin, U.S Robotics executive vice president of sales and marketing. "The new products also allow U.S. Robotics to tap into the high-growth PCMCIA market. An increasing number of laptop and palmtop manufacturers are annoucing support for the PCMCIA standard, signifying strong continued prospects for PCMCIA technology."
 The market for PCMCIA products is rapidly expanding; sales of PCMCIA fax/data modems are expected to grow to nearly 3.4 million units in 1995, a growth of almost 200 percent over estimated 1993 PCMCIA fax/data modem shipments (Source: AP Research).
 "In addition to our PCMCIA development, we plan to continue to support and develop our other WorldPort portable products," added Zakin. "Although PCMCIA technology is the new frontier, not every portable computer supports it at this point, nor do all laptop users want to use their PCMCIA slot for a modem. We believe it's vital to provide a range of portable communications options tailored to laptop and palmtop users' different needs."
 The WorldPort 14,000 Fax/Data PCMCIA 2.0 ($649) and WorldPort 2496 Fax/Data PCMCIA 2.0 ($349) will ship in June. The WorldPort 14,000 product includes CCITT V.17/14,400 bps fax and CCITT V.32 bis/14,400 bps data capability; the WorldPort 2496 product includes 9600 bps Group III fax and CCITT V.22 bis/2400 bps data capability.
 PCMCIA PRODUCTS RESULT OF P.N.B. ACQUISITION
 These new PCMCIA modems are a result of U.S. Robotics' recent acquisition of Suresnes, France-based P.N.B., s.a., which began shipping its PCMCIA products in 1992. P.N.B. is the largest supplier of PCMCIA products, having developed modems for sale by some of the largest OEM customers in the world including IBM, Dell, AST and ZDS. P.N.B. has broad experience in developing PCMCIA products for OEM customers, working with the international data communications channel and meeting strict international requirements to gain approvals for their PCMCIA products, giving WorldPort-branded PCMCIA products a decided market edge.
 "The P.N.B. products provide us the advantage of bringing PCMCIA products to market earlier than originally planned," said Jonathan Zakin, U.S. Robotics executive vice president of sales and marketing. "The P.N.B. designs also carry international approvals in nearly 20 countries, and give us an internationally approved solution to offer to our customers now."
 INTERNATIONAL COMPATIBILITY KEY TO PRODUCT DESIGN
 U.S. Robotics PCMCIA products provide the advantage of patented "Smart DAA" technology. The DAA (Data Access Arrangement) provides the interface between the telephone system and the modem. Smart DAA technology allows users to purchase a DAA designed for a specific country, which will automatically configure the PCMCIA modem to that country's specifications, completely eliminating the complications which can accompany international data communications. This means users can be assured of international compatibility when they are traveling; the P.N.B. designs already carry approvals in nearly 20 countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.
 DUAL STANDARD PCMCIA MODEM WITH CELLULAR CAPABILITIES AVAILABLE IN
 LATE JULY
 Additionally, the company will ship a Dual Standard PCMCIA product in July. This modem also incorporates "Smart DAA" technology, and is based on U.S. Robotics' modem architecture and proprietary DSP-based technology, used in Courier, Shared Access and Sportster products. This architecture allows the company to implement high-end features, such as Quick Connect and Adaptive Speed Leveling, reducing training time and optimizing online transmissions for greatly improved performance.
 The Dual Standard modem includes V.32 bis/14,400 bps capability, plus HST, U.S. Robotics' proprietary protocol for 16.8 Kbps data transmission. Additionally, the Dual Standard modem includes HST Cellular, U.S. Robotics' new protocol for cellular data transmission. After extensive testing with .6 watt cellular telephones, HST Cellular has been able to achieve in excess of 800 characters per second (roughly 8000 bps), in a moving vehicle. While standing still, transmissions exceeded 1200 characters per second (roughly 12,000 bps). The protocol provides significant performance improvements over other protocols used in cellular environments, such as V.42 and MNP 10.
 PCMCIA PROVIDES LONG-AWAITED STANDARD FOR PERIPHERALS
 From an industry perspective, PCMCIA provides a long-awaited standard for laptop and palmtop disk drives, memory cards, fax/data modem cards, LAN adapters and other products. From a user point of view, PCMCIA cards provide several benefits. First, they're interchangeable -- PCMCIA cards can be used with any laptop or palmtop computer that supports the standard. Second, they provide the convenience of a small, easily portable product. And finally, they draw little power, requiring only minimal power from the laptop or palmtop power source.
 "PCMCIA benefits users because it's a standard," said Zakin. "It's a very simple matter to interchange peripherals with PCMCIA, making it easier and less costly for users to communicate from either laptops or palmtops. This is key for the corporate accounts we support, which often have large field sales and support forces for whom mobile communications are vital. Being able to interchange peripherals gives these organizations a flexible, portable, easy-to-support solution."
 U.S. Robotics, Inc., , is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of data communications systems and products. Both corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations are based in Skokie. U.S. Robotics owns and operates U.S. Robotics Ltd. in Slough, England, U.S. Robotics, s.a. in Lille, France and P.N.B., s.a. based in Suresnes, France. The company markets its products to business, industry, government agencies and original equipment manufacturers.
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