Zoom Introduces Low-cost, PC Card Faxmodem with World Traveler™
Boston, MA, August 2nd,
2000 - Zoom Telephonics Inc., (NASDAQ: ZOOM)
is now shipping the Zoom/Faxmodem 56K PCMCIA Model 3000, an
economical PCMCIA faxmodem that features easy setup for operation
in over 185 countries. Model 3000 is compatible with Windows
95, 98, NT 4.0, and 2000 computers.
Model 3000 features
an on-board Digital Signal Processor (DSP), unlike the majority
of modems bundled with laptop computers today. The on-board
DSP performs the complex, real-time computing required for
high-speed communications, and results in a more stable system
and better multi-tasking performance.
The new modem
includes PC Card Guard ™ digital PBX protection and
ZoomGuard ™ lightning protection to guard against common
problems that destroy competing products. Other features of
the new Zoom modem include a low power circuit to extend the
laptop battery life and V.80 support for point-to-point telephony
over a dial-up phone connection.
of the low-cost but performance-rich Model 3000 underscores
Zoom's ongoing support of dial-up modems, which continue to
be the predominant technology used for Internet access,"
said Terry Manning, Zoom's Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
"Zoom will continue to introduce innovative analog modems,
along with the latest in cable and DSL modems."
The Model 3000 includes Zoom's World Traveler ™ feature,
which is a programmable Digital Access Arrangement (DAA),
or phone network interface circuit. The DAA of the Model 3000
can be easily set to adapt to phone networks in over 185 countries
by using a software utility provided with the modem.
PC Card Guard protects the modem against PC Card blowout from
digital PBX systems. Digital phone jacks look like normal
analog phone jacks, so it is easy for a user to mistakenly
plug a PC Card modem into a digital jack. Those PBX jacks
carry current levels that can instantly destroy a PC card
modem. PC Card Guard limits the current and protects the modem.
Zoom Guard is an advanced circuit that protects the
computer and the modem from lightning striking the telephone
line, which is the leading cause of modem failure. Zoom Guard
provides a more resilient and robust lightning protection
than the inexpensive varistors commonly found on competing
The Zoom/FaxModem 56K PCMCIA Model 3000 can
receive data from an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or online
service over standard phone lines at speeds up to 56K bps,
or 230.4K bps with compression. Model 3000 supports both the
V.90 ITU Standard and K56Flex, the most commonly used pre-standard
56K modem technology. Model 3000 also provides Class 1 send/receive
The low-cost Model 3000 is a "controllerless"
modem. In higher cost Zoom modems, an on-board processor called
the "controller" processes the Hayes AT commands
and performs the data compression function. On the Model 3000,
the controller tasks are performed by the host computer's
Bundled software includes: hardware drivers
and utilities, 01 Communique Laboratories' Communicate! fax/data
communications program, Internet access software, JASC Software's
Paint Shop Pro™ SE graphics editing program, AdSubtract™
privacy protection and banner blocking software, and other
About Zoom Telephonics
Zoom Telephonics, a communications leader since 1977, designs,
produces, and markets dial-up modems, cable and ADSL modems,
wireless LAN products, home phoneline networking products,
and other data communication products under the Zoom®
and Hayes® brand names. Zoom products are available in
over 3000 of the highest volume computer retailers in the
USA and over 5000 retail outlets worldwide. For more information,
visit Zoom at www.zoomtel.com.