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Rockwell introduces 56KBPS high-speed modem technology

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  Rockwell expands the applications for analog modems. 
  NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (September 10, 1996) -- Rockwell Semiconductor
  Systems today announced a new modem technology
  enabling internet connections at rates up to 56,000 bits per second across
  standard phone lines. Supported by leading internet
  communication equipment providers, the technology specifications will be
  submitted to appropriate standardization bodies in an effort to
  make the technology a world wide standard. 
  "This new technology gives web surfers the capability to connect to the
  Internet at almost double the average connection
  speed of today's fastest analog modems," said Armando Geday, vice president
  and general manager, Rockwell Semiconductor
  Systems, Multimedia Communications Division. 
  Bridging the gap between current analog transmission rates and fully digital
  communication --such as Integrated Services Digital Network
  (ISDN)-- this new technology offers substantially faster speeds without
  requiring the added investment of installing digital, ISDN lines.
  To achieve up to 56 Kbps internet access, both end users and internet
  service providers must utilize modems that incorporate this
  technology. For consumers, this transition will be as easy as migrating from
  14.4 Kbps to 28.8 Kbps modems. 
  By leveraging its expertise in standard analog modem products and building
  on existing industry technologies, Rockwell Semiconductor
  Systems is devising techniques for overcoming the limitations of analog
  connections to provide internet access at rates of up to 56 Kbps.
  Unlike traditional modems, which assume an analog connection between the
  users, this new technology takes advantage of the
  high-speed, digital connection to the telephone network that internet
  service providers and corporations already have. For example,
  when a home subscriber places a local telephone call to an internet service
  provider, in many cases, the only analog portion of the total
  connection is the short distance from the user's home to the local telephone
  company central office. 
  Rockwell expects to demonstrate 56 Kbps transmission capabilities at the
  November, 1996 Comdex show in Las Vegas. Rockwell
  intends to introduce a family of modem chipsets implementing its new
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  Line at (800) 854-8099 inside the U.S., at (714)
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       Rockwell Semiconductor Systems is the fastest growing business segment
  of Rockwell. Based in Newport Beach, Calif., it
       comprises the Multimedia Communications Division and the Wireless
  Communications Division. The Multimedia
       Communications Division is the world leader in facsimile and PC modem
  devices for personal communications electronics.
       The Wireless Communications Division offers total system solutions for
  advanced cordless telephony and global positioning
       system (GPS) receiver engines and is developing products and
  technologies to address the Personal Communications
       Services (PCS) and wireless packet data markets. 
       Rockwell's industrial automation, semiconductor systems, avionics and
  communications systems and automotive component
       systems businesses are leading providers of technology solutions to
  customers worldwide. The company has annual
       revenues in excess of $10 billion and employs more than 56,000 people. 
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