Director of Technical Services, Baka Industries Inc.
After months of speculation, Global Village Communication has shipped its 28,800 bps modem series, the TelePort Platinum and PowerPort Platinum modems. The new v.34 modems, selling for $279 and $399 respectively, should be available now.
The TelePort Platinum comes with software for both 680x0 and PowerPC based desktop Macintosh computers, and offers a special feature that takes advantage of the higher-speed serial port capabilities of Power Macintosh and AV Macintosh computers. The PowerPort Platinum supports only 100-series PowerBooks, but also works in Global Village's OneWorld communication servers. Global Village does plan Platinum modem models for other PowerBook series computers, but has not yet announced a specific availability date.
Both modems include the popular GlobalFax 2.5 send/receive fax software and GlobalFax OCR for optical character recognition. In addition, the new TelePort and PowerPort models offer a new fax/ARA discrimination feature that has been on Global Village user wish lists for ages. The TelePort model has a fax/voice discrimination feature; TelePort users can use this feature or the fax/ARA discrimination, but not both. The fax/voice discrimination capability was available on the TelePort Bronze, one of the company's Apple Desktop Bus modems, but has not been available from Global Village since the TelePort Bronze was replaced with the TelePort Bronze II, which lacks the feature. Some other modem manufacturers, including Supra, have offered such capabilities, which depend on the manufacturers' choice of modem chipset.
Global Village has also announced, but is not yet ready to ship, a software enhancement for TelePort Platinum owners with 68040-based Quadra and Centris computers that the company says will dramatically improve serial port performance on these machines. The software, which Global Village plans to distribute electronically at no cost in May, will use software-based data compression techniques within the Macintosh to allow transmission speeds higher than 57,600 bps.
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