Motorola resumes shipments of 56k Surfr modems

Motorola's transmission products division has announced that it will immediately resume worldwide shipments of its Surfr series of 56kbit/s modems.

Motorola's transmission products division has announced that it will immediately resume worldwide shipments of its Surfr series of 56kbit/s modems.

The modems were pulled from the market last month when a glitch in the modems' chip set -- made by Rockwell Semiconductor Systems -- was revealed. The glitch made it difficult for the modems to reach optimal transmission speed.

Motorola's modems are based on the K56Flex standard developed by Rockwell and Lucent Technologies, a standard that competes with US Robotics's 2x technology.

More than 70% of the world's Internet service providers have deployed head-end equipment (in which all connections and information flow from a central point) compatible with the Motorola modem technology, the company claims.

The internal version of the ModemSurfr 56K sells for US$159, while the external version is priced at US$179, Motorola says. The VoiceSurfr 56K is priced at US$179 and US$199, for the internal and external version, respectively.

Motorola can be reached on the World Wide Web at http://www.mot.com/

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