Socket Introduces World’s First V.92 SDIO 56K Modem for Pocket PCs

Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, announced availability of its SDIO 56K Modem Card. The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card transforms a Pocket PC with an SDIO slot into a portable data communications tool, enabling Pocket PC users to access the Internet with any available analog phone line.

As the latest addition to Socket’s modem offerings, the Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card includes new speed and features to provide mobile users a fast and reliable alternative where broadband or Wi-Fi connections are unavailable. The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card features V.92 technology that boosts upstream data rates between the user and Internet Service Provider (ISP) to reduce upload time for large files and email attachments. V.92 uses higher data compression ratios, which increases the data throughput speed to up to twice as fast as other V.90 only modems.

“As the leader in Mobility Friendly Solutions, Socket is committed to providing next generation connectivity products for handheld devices that are reliable and easy to use,” said Vanessa Lindsay, product marketing manager at Socket Communications. “Whether the SDIO 56K Modem Card is used as a primary modem, or used as backup when Wi-Fi hot spots or high-speed Internet connections are not available, it is an invaluable tool for Pocket PC users that need to stay connected.”

The Socket SD Modem supports a variety of advanced features including Quick Connect, Modem-On-Hold and Caller ID. A V.92 feature, Quick Connect reduces dial-up connection time by up to 50 percent by remembering phone line characteristics and storing them for later use. The modem also automatically signals the Pocket PC whenever incoming calls arrive, allowing the user to answer without dropping the Internet connection. With type-2 Caller ID, the modem displays information for an incoming call if the phone is already connected to another caller.

The modem supports V.44 data compression that allows greater compression of downstream data, particularly HTML, resulting in speeds 20 percent to 40 percent faster than current modems. In addition, the modem features link and data LEDs along with an internal speaker for monitoring connection status.

Supported Standards and Protocols

— ITU-T V.92 and V.90 56K flex data modulation — Hayes AT commands — Supports V.44 for improved data compression — Asynchronous and full-duplex — Automatic or manual answer and origination — Standard error correction and data compression tools — Auto-step downward compatibility for connection — Fax transfer rate up to 33.6 kbps — Class 1 fax command set The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card is compatible with most Pocket PCs, including Asus MyPal 730, Dell X50, HP iPAQ 17xx, 19xx, 211x, 221x, 24xx, 27xx, 39xx, 41xx, 43xx, 47xx, 515x, 51xx, 555x, 545x 631x, Symbol MC50. Additional information is available at:

Pricing and Availability

The Socket SDIO 56K Modem Card is available immediately through Socket’s worldwide distribution channels and has an MSRP of USD $119. The product is also available directly from the Socket website at Socket also provides CompactFlash and Cordless modems to meet the varying needs of today’s mobile professionals. Additional information about Socket’s range of 56K Modems is available at:

About Socket

Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection(TM) Company, provides the broadest range of data collection and connectivity products for mobile computers, including Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Windows CE devices, Palm PDAs and Smartphones, as well as Tablet PCs and notebooks. Socket’s Mobility Friendly(TM) products are feature-rich while promoting ease of use and lead the market with the smallest footprint and the most Battery Friendly(R) power consumption in their class. Socket’s Embedded Systems Group provides hardware developers with solutions using mobilityIC(TM) interface chips and KwikBlue(TM) modules with embedded Bluetooth(R) Wireless Technology. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, MyNavigator and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. All other trademarks and trade names contained herein may be those of their respective owners. (C) 2005, Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.


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