Hayes, Ascend and Cisco Form V.PCM Work Group to Insure Interoperability

February 5, 1998 7:03 PM EST

Members Pledge to Demonstrate Interoperability Between Major Brands

NEW YORK, Feb. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite V.pcm's certain future role as the new 56K modem standard, early testing has revealed interoperability is not automatic between differing V.pcm implementations. As a result, leading communications industry companies -- Ascend, Cisco Systems and Hayes Corporation -- have banded together and pledged to release new V.pcm-only products when interoperability can be demonstrated between major modem and server providers. The new V.pcm 56K modem standard is set for determination this week, with final adoption and ratification expected to occur in September 1998. While the new standard provides very specific methods and techniques for communicating at up to 56K, differences currently exist within each company's V.pcm implementation, preventing initial interoperability. To prevent such problems from affecting customers, the V.PCM Work Group was formed to insure complete interoperability between major brands. Each company within the Work Group is responsible for determining when interoperability is achieved and its individual products' release schedule. Individual members are also free to respond to market pressures, in a responsible manner through the release of product with limited V.pcm interoperability. "The entire reason for developing a V.pcm standard was to end the confusion for end users by delivering interoperable 56K modem communications," stated Ron Howard, CEO of Hayes and a member of the Work Group. "Hayes and other Work Group participants are committed to assuring our existing K56flex and x2 products are interoperable using V.pcm. Any company releasing 'so- called V.pcm' products before interoperability exists, without clearly stating its limitations, would be doing a great disservice to end users." "In the last year, growth of the remote access market was significantly reduced as a result of the confusion caused by incompatible 56K standards," commented Brad Baldwin, Director of Remote Access Research for International Data Corporation (IDC). "With these experiences behind us, it is hard to imagine any company would release what amounts to a proprietary implementation of V.pcm that cannot achieve universal connectivity. IDC supports the goals of the Work Group and recommends end users purchase V.pcm products only after their vendor confirms interoperability between major brands." "Demand and revenue in the modem market are expected to improve significantly this year in large part due to the release of a new modem standard that ends interoperability problems," said Lisa Pelgrim, Senior Analyst, Dataquest. "I encourage industry leaders to work together to achieve interoperability in a timely manner." Additional communications companies are expected to join the V.PCM Work Group. The Work Group is open to all communications companies. For further information about the V.PCM Work Group, contact Bill Taylor, Hayes Corporation, at (770) 840-9200, x 6341 or btaylor@hayes.com. Ascend Communications, Inc. develops, manufactures, sells and services wide area networking solutions for telecommunications carriers, Internet service providers and corporate customers worldwide. For more information about Ascend and its products, please visit the Ascend web site at www.ascend.com or send e-mail to info@ascend.com. Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. News and information are available at www.cisco.com. Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hayes Corporation, a publicly-traded company, (Nasdaq: HAYZ) markets its ULTRA(TM), ACCURA(TM), OPTIMA(TM), Practical Peripherals(TM), Cardinal(TM) and CENTURY(TM) brands of analog, digital and cable modems, remote access servers and terminal adapters along with Smartcom(TM) communications software worldwide. Today, with distributors in more than 45 countries, it is one of the largest manufacturers of modems in the world. For more information about Hayes and the company's award-winning products, visit the Hayes Web site at www.hayes.com. Hayes is a trademark of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hayes Corporation. Hayes, the Hayes logo, ULTRA, ACCURA, OPTIMA, Practical Peripherals, Smartcom, and CENTURY are trademarks or registered trademarks of Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. Cardinal is a trademark of Cardinal Technologies, Inc. Other trademarks are trademarks of their respective companies. "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive products and pricing, product demand and market acceptance, new product development, reliance on key strategic alliances, availability of raw materials, the regulatory environment, fluctuations in operating results and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SOURCE Hayes MicrocomputerProducts, Inc. © PR Newswire. All rights reserved.

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