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New SupraFAXModem(tm) 288 Offers V.Fast Speeds for Under $400
ALBANY, OR, FEBRUARY 1994 - The SupraFAXModem 288 raises the
standard on performance with data speeds of 28,800 bps while
maintaining Supra's commitment to value-oriented pricing.
Scheduled to ship in March, the external model will carry a
selling price of $399 while the internal SupraFAXModem(tm) 288i
will debut at just $349.
"These products represent a huge leap forward in technology,"
said Kenny Richards, Manager for PC products at Supra. "Not only
can users benefit from speed that's twice as fast as the current
V.32bis standard, they also get the benefits of an outstanding
feature set at an unbelievable price."
Based on the Rockwell(tm) V.FC (V.Fast Class) chipset, Supra's
new modems utilize the core technology that is expected to be
defined by the ITU-TSS in the V.34 (V.Fast) standard later this
year. When the V.34 standard is finalized, it will be
incorporated into the full line of SupraFAXModem 288 products.
In the interim, V.FC appears to be the clear leader as a standard
for 28,800 bps data communication. Wide-spread acceptance of the
V.FC standard will ensure compatibility with modems from more
than 60 other vendors, including Hayes, Microcom, and US
By contrast, the V.32terbo standard, which is accepted by a
smaller number of modem manufacturers, can go no faster than
19,200 bps. And despite the fact that these modems are half as
fast as Supra's 288 products, they do not offer a competitive
True Top-Of-The-Line Technology
Both Supra's internal and external modems offer technology that
goes beyond the basics of V.FC technology. By utilizing flash
ROM, both of these V.Fast Class products add a new level of
flexibility to modem communications. Future enhancements can be
made without any hardware adjustments - just download the new
code information into the ROM.
Plus, the SupraFAXModem 288i utilizes SupraSmart(tm) UART
technology buffering to reduce the risk of data loss during high
speed transmission. This includes 16550 UART emulation which,
combined with V.42bis compression, enables data speeds of up to
115,200 bps. The product also includes a Windows driver with
RHSI (Rockwell High-Speed Interface) which increases the
The SupraFAXModem 288 external, packs this performance into
Supra's highly-praised tiny desktop modem with a revolutionary
alphanumeric status display which makes it a breeze ti track all
modem activity, It also includes a hardware handshaking cable
that enables up to 115,200 bps communication on computers
equipped with a 16550 UART.
Both modems also include custom Supra features such as Silent
Answer(tm) which allows both voice and fax communication on a
single phone line. If it detects fax "CNG" tones, the modem
routes the call to fax software. Otherwise, the modem sits
silently on the phone line while the call is answered by the user
or by an answering machine. Another feature, Caller ID, lets
users identify incoming calls before answering.
Both modems support industry standard protocols including the
full range of Bell, MNP, and ITU-TSS (formerly CCITT) standards.
Among the supported features are MNP10 for improved performance
on cellular connections. Both modems support the highest-
available fax speed of 14,400 bps. They also support Class 1 and
2 fax commands and are compatible with Group 3 fax machines.
The modems also feature a five-year warranty, Hayes
compatibility, extended AT commands and result codes,
compatibility with most popular telecommunications software,
autoanswer/autodial, a modular phone jack, and non-volatile
memory that stores two user configurations and four phone
Both the desktop faxmodem and internal card include all software,
cables and instructions the user needs for getting started with
high-speed data and fax communication. The bundle includes
FaxTalk(r) for Windows for flawless fax transmission, Compuserve
Information Manager(tm) for Windows, and COMit(tm) for DOS and
Windows - a data communication program designed specifically for
For Macintosh owners, Supra offers the SupraFAXModem 288 Mac
package for desktop users and the SupraFAXModem 288PB an internal
modem for PowerBook models 100-180c. Both packages include all
the software, cables and instructions the user needs for getting
started with high-speed data and fax communication. The bundle
includes MicroPhone(tm) LT, Compuserve Information Manager(tm),
and the CCL scripts required for Apple Remote Access(tm).
Packages also include FAXcilitate(tm), fax software that brings a
new level of flexibility and ease-of-use to Macintosh faxing.
About Supra Corporation
Supra Corporation, based in Albany, Oregon, has been providing
personal computer users with high-quality, low-cost peripherals
Since the original SupraModem(r) 2400 was introduced in 1987,
SupraModems have been popular among consumers for excellent value
in a reliable modem, and have been recommended by a variety of
sources, from respected PC MAgazine and MacUser columnist John C.
Dvorak to the Boston Computer Society.
7101 Supra Drive SW
Albany, OR 97321
Amiga Technical Support Line: 503-967-2493
[ ED's Note : Alex Johnson, of Supra's Amiga Technical Services advises ]
[ that they should start shipping the SupraFAXModem 288 at the end of ]
[ this month or the beginning of the next month (April). He also stated ]
[ that there will probably be a sysop's purchase program with even ]
[ better prices. The sysop's purchase price should be set within the ]
[ next week or so. ]
NEWTEK, INC ANNOUNCES SCREAMERNET RENDERING SOFTWARE FOR
LIGHTWAVE 3D PROFESSIONALS
Las Vegas, March 20, 1994 - NewTek, Inc., the company that brought
professional video and animation production to the masses with the
Video Toaster introduces ScreamerNet for LightWave 3D users.
ScreamerNet is the evolution of the Screamer rendering hardware
announced last August. "As we pursued development of the Screamer
hardware it became evident that high speed processors were
quickly becoming commodity items," said NewTek President Tim
Jenison. "Rather than NewTek trying to keep up with the
hardware wars we decided to release software that will allow
LightWave users to select the rendering machine of their
ScreamerNet is a rendering software package that allows LightWave 3D
users to take advantage of the rendering power offered by
workstations from a variety of vendors. The software is Windows NT
compatible and will support hardware that utilizes Intel, MIPS, and
DEC Alpha processor chips. ScreamerNet's suggested retail price is
$1995 and will support up to eight machines.
LightWave 3D has become the animation package of choice for most
of the cutting edge action shows in Hollywood," stated Jenison.
"Television programs such as seaQuest DSV, Star Trek: The
Next Generation, Babylon 5 and RoboCop are using the Video
Toaster and LightWave 3D to push the envelope of visual effects.
With the introduction of ScreamerNet they will have access to
the rendering power they need to completely redefine the
standards for effects in television and film production."
"As the makers of revolutionary products like Video Toaster
and the new Video Toaster Flyer, NewTek means high technology
at an unbelievably low price point," said NewTek's Marketing
Director Donetta Colboch. "While ScreamerNet represents a
dramatic breakthrough in 3D rendering price/performance, it's
designed and priced for the professional animation facility."
NewTek will be showcasing the ScreamerNet software at the
National Association of Broadcasters Convention, March 21-24
in Booth #11050.
NEWTEK STUNS NAB WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE VIDEO TOASTER FLYER
TAPELESS EDITING SYSTEM
Las Vegas, March 20, 1994 - NewTek, Inc., the pioneers of the desktop
video industry, announce the Video Toaster Flyer, the first D2 quality
tapeless editing system. With the Flyer priced at $3995, NewTek once
again shatters the price/performance standards for broadcast
quality video production just as they did with the release of the
Video Toaster in 1990.
"When we originally conceived the idea for the Video Toaster it was
to provide all the tools necessary to create broadcast quality
television at a price almost anyone could afford." said Tim
Jenison, NewTek President. "With the introduction of the
Video Toaster Flyer we have made the tools even more accessible,
reducing the cost of production by an order of magnitude."
The Video Toaster Flyer is the result of more than seven years of
intense research and development. The Video Toaster Flyer
offers D2 quality video and CD quality audio editing in a tapeless, non-
linear environment. The Video Toaster Flyer tapeless editor
allows the user to dial in the video quality, up to lossless
D2 quality. All video data is stored on computer hard drives
that allow the user to access particular segments instantaneously
without having to shuttle from one point to another as in
traditional tape editing. The system employs an easy to use, drag and
drop storyboard interface.
The breakthrough technology in the Video Toaster Flyer is NewTek's
revolutionary new VTASC compression algorithm. VTASC sets a
new standard for hard disk based video compresson by combining
D2, broadcast quality video with unprecedented compression ratios.
NewTek is currently in discussion with a number of vendors looking
to license VTASC and Video Toaster Flyer technology.
The Video Toaster Flyer continues NewTek's tradition of providing
easy to use, broadcast quality video production tools, at
unbelivevably low prices.. The complete Video Toaster Flyer
system provides the ability to incorporate all of the tools from
the Video Toaster; digital video effects, paint graphics,
titles and animations directly into productions edited from one
simple interface. For Toaster LightWave 3D users, the tapeless
editor will allow the blending of moving video easily and
seamlessly into animated video prouctions.
NewTek will be demonstrating the Video Toaster Flyer at the
National Association of Broadcasters Convention, March 21-24
in Booth #11050.
[ ED'S NOTE: AR would like to give thanks to Harv Laser of ]
[ Portal's Amiga Zone for the last two announcements. ]
EX-NEWTEK EMPLOYEES ANNOUNCE "PLAY"
San Francisco, CA - Former NewTek senior staff members who left the Kansas
company earlier this year have ended industry speculation by unveiling their
new venture, 'PLAY'. "Launching the Video Toaster and with it the desktop
video industry over the last seven years was a fantastic adventure,"
commented PLAY President Paul Montgomery, "Along the way we discovered
some very compelling opportunities that went beyond one technology or
even one platform. PLAY was formed to take advantage of those
opportunities." The company, which consists primarily of Californians who
relocated to Kansas to build NewTek, is based in San Francisco.
"In the mid-eighties NewTek Vice-President and visionary Paul Montgomery
assembled a very unique team from around the world." said Tom Egan, senior
editor for Channel 4000, the leading desktop video news service. "With
their accomplishments in building this industry at NewTek, they're my
pick for the 'desktop video Dream Team'. I'm expecting a lot from this
group." PLAY features Emmy-award winning members of the Video Toaster
R & D team, including NewTek's former Head of Softwawre Development,
Steve Hartford, video hardware and software guru, Ken Turcotte, and
Toaster hardware design engineer, Brad Carvey. Other PLAY founders
include NewTek's former Director of Marketing, Mark Randall, plus
Product Development Manager and Hollywood technology pioneer, Daniel
Kaye. Rounding out the PLAY executive team is a face known to millions,
Kiki Stockhammer, the video industry's well-known celebrity spokesperson.
PLAY will announce it's first strategic relationship at a special event
on Sunday, March 20th at 7:00 P.M. in the Julius Room of Caesars Palace,
Las Vegas. "We feel the 'information superhighway' and desktop video are
desinted to collide sooner than anyone thinks" said Montgomery, "PLAY and
our new partner Private Channels are perfectly positioned to provide the
technology, content and distribution needed to realize the dream of