"Consumers benefit from this new relationship between Creative and Lucent because they can access both 56 kilobit per second and the faster DSL speeds using the same modem," said Surinder Rai, marketing director with Lucent's Microelectronics Group: "The relationship between Creative Technology and Lucent Technologies combines world class, system-level technology coupled with brand recognition in both the retail and business market segments."
"We are pleased to be collaborating with Lucent Technologies on this project," said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and CEO of Creative Technology. "Their combination ADSL/V.90 chip set is very innovative, enabling Creative to offer our customers outstanding performance, features, and flexibility on a single PCI card. Over the last year, Creative has become a leader in the communications market with our Modem Blaster line of products, achieving a top market share in retail. Lucent's technology is allowing us to be the first to enter the retail space and deliver cost-effective solutions for residential customers, telecommuters and small businesses."
ADSL Solutions Offer High-Bandwidth and Easy Installation
ADSL (Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line) modems offer users many advantages over current V.90 analog modems, most significantly, the ability to send and receive digital data at ultra-high speeds over the existing telephone lines found in virtually all homes. ADSL modems (also referred to as "digital modems"), utilize a special digital coding technique which can deliver up to 26 times the bandwidth of a 56K modem. Creative's ADSL G.LITE solution based on Lucent's WildWire chip does not require that a phone company visit a home or office in order to install the service. With ADSL G.LITE technology users can simultaneously send or receive faxes or have a phone conversation while browsing the Internet, using only a single phone line. An ADSL G.LITE modem connection is "always-on," eliminating the need to "dial-up" an ISP each time a user wants to browse the Web. This is similar to a cable TV connection, in that the cable signal is always being transmitted, and turning on the TV accesses the data. With an ADSL G.LITE connection, a user can simply run their Internet browser application and they are instantly connected to the Internet.
The Creative ADSL/V.90 modem will allow users to experience significantly improved high-speed data communications. Data communications will include Internet access, telecommuting (remote LAN access), and specialized network access. Creative is also collaborating with Lucent to develop a digital audio/V.90 modem solution on a single PCI card.
This announcement relates to product being introduced in the United States of America. The product names, contents, prices and availability may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements.
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