V.92 standard will add speed, take phone calls

V.92 standard will add speed, take phone calls

By William Jackson

GCN Staff

The microelectronics group of Lucent Technologies Inc. of Murray Hill, N.J., this fall will begin incorporating new V.92 features into its analog modem chip set to speed upstream data transmissions, establish Internet connections faster and let PC users accept telephone calls without dropping an Internet connection.

The features are part of the V.92 modem standard being considered by the International Telecommunications Union. Their names are Pulse Code Modulation Upstream, Quick Connect and Modem on Hold.

Faster, faster

PCM Upstream will increase the maximum upload rate for PCs from the current 33.6 Kbps for V.90 modems to 48 Kbps. Both V.90 and V.92 standards have a maximum download rate of 56 Kbps.

Quick Connect will halve the time required for a dial-up modem to handshake with an Internet service provider on a regularly used connection from about 20 seconds to 10 seconds or less.

Modem on Hold will work with a call-waiting service to let an incoming call be answered and maintained for up to 16 minutes, or whatever time the service provider allows.

The modem is placed on hold during the call and does not have to re-establish an Internet connection when the voice call ends.

Contact Lucent's microelectronics group at 800-372-2447.

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