With networking one of the chosen themes for this year's Comdex trade show extravaganza, it's fitting that communications technologies share in the limelight.
Cable and digital subscriber line (DSL) modems are expected to rank among the convention's hottest communications products because they up the stakes in high-speed access to speeds ranging up to 10 mbps, which is several times that of today's dial-in modems.
Still, nobody's ignoring 56-kbps modem products--a number of companies will be exhibiting technology that can "glue" together two modems dialed into separate phone lines for doubled connection speeds reaching up 112 kbps--and new PC Card modems for notebooks that combine networking technology will also be on display. Vendors further hope to remind consumers that ISDN is still alive and kicking by showing off new low-cost ways of connecting at 128 kbps.
Doubling dial-up speeds
Diamond Multimedia Systems says its new technology doubles the speed of current Internet dial-up connections by using two standard phone lines at once.
Boca modem doubles speed
Cable modems to retail
ISDN products still an option
Rockwell integrates modem, LAN
Intel codeveloping high-speed modem