December 16, 1996 1:00 PM ET
IBM, Panasonic cooperate on cordless modem
By Scott Berinato

  Users could have one less wire snaking out of their PCs next year, thanks to a recent announcement by IBM and Panasonic that they have developed a cordless modem.

The technology, which was developed jointly by IBM Research and Kyushu Matsushita Electric Co. and operates on a radio architecture similar to that used in 900MHz cordless phones, will deliver data at 28.8K bps. The modem requires no software or drivers, said officials at Panasonic, in Secaucus, N.J.

KME is a subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., which is known for its Panasonic brand of products.

Both Panasonic and IBM intend to deliver products during the second half of 1997, officials said.

Panasonic is at www.panasonic.com. IBM can be reached at www.ibm.com.

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