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Hayes™ ACCURA™ V.92 Modems Shipping
External and Internal Models Comply with New International Modem Standards

Boston, MA, January 2, 2001 — Hayes ACCURA V.92 Modems are now shipping. The new Hayes brand internal PCI and external serial port modems are among the first to support the new V.92 / V.44 international standards for dial-up modems.

The Hayes ACCURA V.92 PCI Model HO8-15357 is a Windows-only internal modem with built-in DSP (Digital Signal Processor). The Hayes ACCURA V.92 RS-232 Model HO8-15328 external features both an on-board DSP and Controller. The new Hayes external plugs into a computer's serial port and is compatible with Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems.

The newly adopted ITU V.92 modem standard and its companion V.44 compression standard enhance Internet communications, offering multiple advantages over the older V.90 / V.42bis standard. The most apparent improvement for most users will be the dramatic increase in Web browsing speed provided by the V.44 compression standard. The older V.42bis compression standard was developed over ten years ago, before the widespread use of graphic images on the World Wide Web. The new V.44 compression standard was designed specifically for the graphics-heavy content seen on the Web today and can double the speed of Web file downloads.

The V.92 data standard offers several additional advantages including QuickConnect, faster upstream data transfers, and support for call waiting:

  • QuickConnect can cut the negotiation or "handshake" time at the beginning of a call in half.
  • The V.92 standard increases the maximum data upload speed more than 40 percent—from 33,600 bps to 48,000.
  • The V.92 Modem-on-Hold feature enhances telephone Call Waiting service by allowing a user to receive a voice call while online, put the online session on hold during the call, and then resume the online session. This feature is especially convenient in households with a single phone line. Besides a local telephone company's Call Waiting service, Modem-on-Hold requires compatible service from the user's ISP (Internet Service Provider).

V.92 service is expected to be available from ISPs in early 2001. The new Hayes V.92 modems are fully compatible with the present V.90 standard and will automatically connect with a central site using either V.90 or V.92.

About Hayes

Since 1983, Hayes modems and the Hayes AT command set have been recognized as the industry standard for analog modems. Hayes modems are designed and manufactured by Zoom Telephonics, Inc. Zoom produces and markets dial-up and broadband modems, wireless LAN products, home networking devices, and other data communications products under the Zoom, Hayes and Global Village names.

Further information about the full Hayes modem line may be obtained at www.hayesmicro.com. Zoom Telephonics' Web site address is www.zoomtel.com.

Disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking information relating to Zoom's plans, expectations and intentions. Actual results may be materially different than those expectations as a result of known and unknown risks, including those set forth below. The technologies being pursued by Zoom are subject to the significant risks and uncertainties generally applicable to modem and data communications products, including rapid technological change and intense competition, uncertainty of new product development, uncertainty of component availability, early stage of development of certain data communications markets, uncertainty of market growth, as well as other risks set forth in Zoom's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Zoom cautions readers not to place undue reliance upon any such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date made. Zoom expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such statements to reflect any change in Zoom's expectations or any change in events, conditions or circumstance on which any such statement is based.

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