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Zoom® Ships K56flex™ FaxModems with Programmable DSPs
Zoom's 56K Line Features Flash Memory and Programmable DSPs

Boston, MA, April 22, 1997 - Zoom Telephonics (NASDAQ: ZOOM), a leading manufacturer of modems and other data communications equipment, announced today that it has begun high-volume shipments of K56flex faxmodems featuring flash memory for downloading updates for all modem code, including Controller and Digital Signal Processor (DSP) code.

"Zoom believes that K56flex is positioned for the dominant share of the 56K market, and we believe the right client modem choice is a programmable DSP model from Zoom Telephonics," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President. K56flex is supported by modem chipmakers Rockwell and Lucent, who together have approximately 70 percent of the worldwide modem chip market. K56flex is also backed by central site equipment manufacturers representing about 70% of the installed base of central site modem ports, including Ascend Communications, Bay Networks, Cascade Communications, Cisco Systems, Compaq Computer, Digital Equipment, Livingston Enterprises, Microcom, Shiva, 3COM, and others. Computer manufacturers supporting K56flex include AST, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and Toshiba.

K56flex is backed by over 600 Internet Service Providers, including America Online, CompuServe, NETCOM, PSINet, and UUNET Technologies.

Zoom will focus its shipments and marketing efforts on the most advanced K56flex technology, which has a DSP that is updated from flash memory instead of being "hard-coded." This means that all modem code, both DSP code and Controller code, can be easily modified by the user with simple software commands without touching the modem. This makes it easy to make sure the modem code is the "latest and greatest," and to add features including possible upgrades to future standards.

Zoom's first programmable-DSP 56K models are the Zoom/FaxModem 56K internal (Model 2819) and Zoom/FaxModem 56Kx external (Model 2849 for PC, Model 2845 for Macintosh¬, and Model 2848 for PC/Macintosh). The internal features 14,400 fax capability, Plug and Play for easy installation, and advanced ZoomGuard™ lightning protection. The external features 14,400 fax capability, Plug and Play compatibility, 14 status lights, ZoomGuard lightning protection, and a small, sleek design. The street price for the internal should be from $149 to $179, and the street price for the external should be from $169 to $199.

"We have elected to focus on the highest-end K56flex technology available from Rockwell," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President. "Our extensive testing convinces us that the smart customer will want the significantly higher performance and superior upgradeability of 56K modems with flash memory for both the modem Controller and Digital Signal Processor. You don't need full-upgradeability for stable technology like 33.6K, but you should use it for advanced pre-standard technology like 56K. Customers should be wary of modems that advertise flash memory and don't specifically mention DSP upgradeability, since modems typically use flash memory for Controller code only."

"Zoom has been doing interoperability tests with Rockwell and the major central site equipment providers," said Terry Manning, Zoom's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "We're convinced that Zoom's DSP-upgradeable 56K modems are the right high-performance choice for high throughput and maximum compatibility."

Zoom will offer a full line of faxmodems supporting K56flex, including internal, external, and PCMCIA models, some with full-duplex speakerphone, voice mail, and simultaneous voice and data capabilities.

Zoom Telephonics designs, produces and markets products that link people and their personal computers through the world's largest network, the international telephone network, and connected networks including the Internet and corporate local area networks. Zoom products are produced in Boston, Massachusetts and sold worldwide. Zoom Telephonics is publicly traded on Nasdaq (NASDAQ: ZOOM). The Zoom Web site is www.zoomtel.com

 

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