Modem Manufacturers Speeding Past 56K-bps, Reports Computer Retail Week

Report Cites Hayes, US Robotics and Ramp Networks Among Companies Quietly Developing Modems That Surpass 100K-bps Over Standard Phone Lines

May 8, 1997

US Robotics (NYSE: USRX), Hayes Microcomputer Products and Ramp Networks are quietly preparing products that reach speeds of more than 100K-bps, according to an exclusive Computer Retail Week report, available online at Associate Editor Todd Wasserman writes that the US Robotics and Hayes devices, created by fusing two analog phone lines, require no special set-up by phone companies to run. In addition, Ramp Networks is planning a May 19 release of its WebRamp M3, a device that fuses three lines to reach a top speed of 168K-bps. Computer Retail Week's report also highlights plans of other modem makers, including Rockwell Semiconductor (NYSE: ROK). A spokesperson for that company said several K56flex vendors planned similar releases, and that this is "..not new." The story quotes prices for the devices ranging between $500 and $600.

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