Zoom® 56K Product Awarded "Tester's Choice"
by Data Communications Magazine
Zoom/FaxModem 56Kx achieves
"highest average rate" among 18 competing 56K modems
Boston, MA, August 12, 1997 - The Zoom/FaxModem™
56Kx (external) was named "Tester's Choice" by Data
Communications Magazine in a test among eighteen competing
56K modems in the August '97 issue. The National Software
Testing Laboratory (NSTL), the official product testing lab
for Data Communications, evaluated ten 56K modems based on
the K56flex® chip set and eight based on the competing
x2™ chip set.
"The award is a significant
endorsement of the extraordinary balance of features, performance,
ease of use, and price --in short, value-- that Zoom Telephonics
provides to networking professionals," said Data Communications
Publisher, Joseph Braue. "Our readers, who design, implement
and manage networks, respect the Tester's Choice logo and
use the award to help them decide which networking products
"This is an important and timely
award for Zoom," said Frank Manning, Zoom's President
and CEO. "The NSTL and Data Communications are highly-respected
throughout the industry. Zoom's Engineering Department works
hard to optimize our circuit designs and board layout for
performance, and we appreciate recognition for the care we
take in designing great products."
to the review, the Zoom/FaxModem 56Kx had "the highest
average rate across all tests," and was the fastest K56flex
The Zoom/FaxModem 56Kx was also the
fastest K56flex model in terms of raw throughput, the rate
achieved when handling uncompressible data.
the tests confirmed that K56flex modems were more reliable
than x2 products, handling impaired lines with fewer errors.
While the K56flex modems completed 94 percent of all impairment
or noise tests successfully, the x2 modems completed only
77 percent. "All x2 modems flunked at least one of the
impairment tests," according to the review.
is backed by central site equipment manufacturers representing
about 70% of the installed base of central site modem ports.
In addition, over 2,700 Internet Service Providers in the
U.S. alone have announced their support of K56flex.
Data Communications is read by over 140,000 network professionals
worldwide. It consistently ranks as the best-read and most-useful
industry publication among communications professionals who
design, implement, and manage enterprise-wide networks. Launched
in September 1991, the Tester's Choice awards are a symbol
of product excellence.
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