IBM is to use 3Com?s X2 fast modem technology for its range of digital signal processor products.
IBM users DSP chips in modems to handle video, data, fax and Internet traffic because they reduce the overhead on the CPU by handling the processing themselves.
A statement from the company said using X2 ?allows users to take advantage of this faster data download capability without the need for new telephone equipment required by other high speed technologies.? X2 is one of two would-be standards battling for dominance in the emerging 56Kbps modem market, and is spearheaded by US Robotics, recently acquired by 3Com.
According to a spokesperson, because X2 is a software upgrade, it is far easier to integrate with existing DSP technology, and pffers a simpler upgrade for Internet service providers. IBM?s online service, Global Network, already supports X2, along with a number of other European ISPs.
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