Ships New Family of Embedded Dial-up Modems
Small Plug-in Units Make Integration into Equipment Easy
Boston, MA, October 29, 2003 — Zoom Technologies,
Inc. (NASDAQ: ZOOM) announced today that it has begun shipping
a family of new modem modules designed to be plugged into
a wide range of special purpose equipment. The product line
includes 33.6 and 56 Kbps modems for both 3.3 volt and 5.0
volt systems. All modems in the family have the same size,
same plug-in pin configuration, and same logic-level serial
interface. All four modems use a Conexant chipset, and all
feature an on-board controller and Hayes AT standard command
processing to simplify system integration. All the modems
have built-in error-correction and data compression, and
also support fax, DTMF decoding, and voice mail functions.
Each module is a thin plug-in unit that’s 75 mm long
by 56 mm wide. A module can be plugged into an inexpensive
socket on the motherboard, or it can be soldered into the
motherboard. High-volume customers can vary the standard
plug-in pin length. Detailed electrical and mechanical specifications
are provided at: http://www.zoomtel.com/graphics/datasheets/dial_up/29031173S.pdf
Zoom embedded modems are suitable for world-wide use, designed
in accordance with international regulatory standards.
To minimize field returns, a discrete Data Access Arrangement
(DAA) with robust lightning protection is used. Anti-brownout
circuitry helps assure modem operation without power cycling
even after low-power conditions occur.
The modem modules all use pin-compatible Conexant chipsets
in the SM56D family. Standard modem modules have the modem
firmware masked onto the Conexant chipset. 100-unit pricing
is $19.75 for 33.6K modules and $22.75 for 56K modules.
High-volume customers can also purchase modem modules with
Flash memory containing firmware customized by Zoom to their
specific requirements. The modem modules with Flash memory
support remote field upgrades of the modem firmware.
We see strong demand for 56K modem modules for applications
where the modem is receiving a lot of data," said Andy
Scarlatos, Zoom’s OEM Sales Manager. "33.6K modems,
on the other hand, can send data as fast as a 56K V.90 modem;
so we recommend 33.6K modems for applications where a fast "handshake" at
the start of the call is more important that fast receipt
of lots of data."
Zoom’s embedded modems are ideal for point-of-sale
terminals, set-top boxes, Internet appliances, vending machines,
multi-function peripherals, and other equipment.
To simplify customer evaluation and firmware development,
Zoom also has an embedded modem Evaluation Kit that contains
a 5-volt, 56K embedded modem plugged into a socketed motherboard
that includes a standard RS-232 serial interface, power
supply, speaker, and LEDs. An RS-232 serial cable, power
phone cord are included with the Evaluation Kit. The kit
supports plugging in any embedded modem in the family,
independent of speed or power supply.
The product line is designed and supported by Zoom Technologies,
which has been designing and producing modems for over 20
years. Zoom’s sales, support, and engineering teams
in the USA and Europe are available to support Zoom’s
customers. Customers can contact Zoom’s corporate headquarters
in Boston by calling (617)423-1072, and can also contact
Zoom’s European headquarters in London by calling +44-(0)1276-704400.
About Zoom Technologies
Zoom Technologies, Inc. designs and produces dial-up modems,
ADSL and cable modems, automatic telephone dialers, home
and small office networking devices, and other communications
products under the Zoom, Hayes, and Global Village brands.
Zoom Technologies was founded in 1977. For more company
information please visit www.zoomtel.com.