NMS, Nuance, Sun, Avnet Target Telecom Developers with New Platform

10/7/2004 - NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS), Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN), and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) have joined forces with Avnet Applied Computing Solutions, a division of global technology distribution leader Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), to deliver the telecom industry's first complete platforms for developers and ISVs creating scalable next-generation contact center solutions and VoIP applications. The platforms, available in Sun SPARC/Solaris and AMD/Linux versions, are comprised of integrated and tested Open AccessTM building blocks and automated speech recognition (ASR) and text-to-speech (TTS) software from Nuance, all of which are compatible with the new Media Resource Control Protocol, or MRCP, standard. The platforms include technical support for both the NMS and Nuance products and are available in a range of configurations at prices ranging from US$4K to $15K.

Available exclusively through Avnet Applied Computing Solutions (http://eustarterplatform.avnet.com), the new developer platforms eliminate the lengthy and tedious cycle of hardware and software purchase, integration and testing, so that application development can begin immediately. Avnet Applied Computing Solutions develops joint solutions together with leading suppliers by combining the best of breed technologies, according to Dieter Lott, Vice President, Avnet Applied Computing Solutions in Europe.

Engineers from Avnet Applied Computing Solutions and NMS Communications examine an MRCP-compatible bundle of components at the Avnet Integration Center in Tongeren, Belgium. The bundle will be part of the new standards-based platforms packages jointly developed by Avnet, NMS, Sun Microsystems, and speech technology supplier Nuance. From left: Christian Rannetshauser, field application engineer at Avnet, Giuseppe Busia, Avnet integration engineer, and Francisco Escoda, NMS system engineer.

With MRCP support, sophisticated contact center or VoIP applications that include ASR and TTS features can now quickly be developed in flexible client/server architectures. The combination of Sun and NMS technologies ensures the resulting application will be highly reliable and deliver high availability, a requirement for solutions that will be deployed in the public networks and, increasingly, for enterprise applications.

"These complete, rock-solid packages will allow Sun developers to quickly and easily add speech capabilities to their existing applications or invent new speech-based applications that expand their market opportunities," said Nigel Ross, OEM Sales Manager, Sun Microsystems. "We applaud Avnet Applied Computing Solutions' vision in bringing together proven, powerful telecom technology from NMS and Nuance's renowned speech expertise, on both Sun's carrier-grade Solaris and Linux/AMD platforms."

About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The ComputerTM" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the worldwide web at http://sun.com.

About Nuance
In markets around the world, leading enterprises and telecommunications carriers -- including Avon, British Airways, Expedia, Nomura Securities, OnStar, Sprint PCS, United Parcel Service, Vodafone and Wells Fargo -- have worked with Nuance to ensure the best possible results from their investment in voice. Nuance leads the voice automation market providing software and solutions to more than 1,000 companies worldwide. Nuance (NASDAQ: NUAN) is headquartered in Menlo Park, Calif., and has offices around the world. For more information, visit http://www.nuance.com or call 1-888-NUANCE-8.

About Avnet Applied Computing Solutions
Avnet Applied Computing Solutions integrates computing and display components to provide customized solutions and services to OEMs and embedded system manufacturers. Avnet Applied Computing Solutions focuses on providing design support, integration, end of life management, marketing and account management teams. Avnet Applied Computing Solutions is a division of Avnet Technology Solutions, a global organization that markets enterprise and embedded technology products from the world's premier computer manufacturers and software suppliers. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a $10+ billion technology marketing and services provider and one of the world's largest distributors of electronic components and computer products. For more information, please visit http://www.acs.avnet.com/europe/home/.

About NMS Communications
NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) is a leading provider of communications technologies and solutions, enabling new enhanced services and efficient networks that help our customers grow their revenues and profits. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information.

NMS Communications and Open Access are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation.

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