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PictureTel talks up videoconferencing

Videoconferencing leader PictureTel unveiled client and server products intended to make videoconferencing more accessible and affordable.

Videoconferencing leader PictureTel today unveiled client and server products intended to make videoconferencing more accessible to the average user and more affordable for businesses.

PictureTel announced Live200p, a Windows 95 videoconferencing solution based on a single plug-in board for PCs with PCI buses. The product, which doesn't require a specialized graphics card as do some competitive videoconferencing solutions, instead works with the native graphics card in PCs. Live200p is designed for use with ISDN connections and supports the H.320 standard, full-screen video, and full-duplex audio.

The product is set to ship within 60 days, priced at $1,495.

The company also announced Prism Multipoint Videoconferencing Servers designed to help end users easily establish videoconferences with multiple participants without having to ask a videoconferencing administrator to set up the connections. Until now, the company's multipoint solutions have needed a go-between to physically set up and manage the various participants.

The company's Switching Multipoint Conferencing Server is a dedicated hardware-software server priced starting at $24,900 that works over LANS to connect up to 16 participants to a videoconference. The Value Multipoint Conferencing Server links videoconferences over WAN ISDN or T1 lines and is priced beginning at $19,000.