Hayes has beaten-off the competition in the race to ship 56Kbps PC cards, while Rockwell has been forced to delay shipment due to chipset problems.
Hayes started shipping the Accura 56k card, which utilises K56Flex technology to sales outlets today, claiming it has beaten US Robotics and other rivals to the launch pad.
The company is aiming the product at the laptop market, a market which, company CEO Joseph Formichelli claimed is perhaps ?the most anxious to receive the 56K modem.?
He added that ?mobile users are the most efficient users of technology. They want access and they want access fast.? The card will retail in the US for around $209.
US Robotics has already started shipping its x2 Technology which is capable of 56Kbps speeds. Since last year, US Robotics products have been upgradable to 56K through software installation. This makes US Robotics the first to ship 56Kbps technology but Hayes the first to ship 56Kbps specific hardware.
Rockwell?s shipment delay is an embarrassment for a company that is pioneering the 56Kbps standard. It will not start shipping in volume until next week and would not divulge any further details on the specific problems with the chipset.
Hayes? Accura 56k modem is a data/fax/cellular card which Hayes claims will provide Internet and corporate Lan information downloads of up to 56Kbps while offering Flash Rom capability to enable easier software upgradability and cellular compatibility.
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