Multi-Tech Introduces Universal Socket Connectivity Initiative

3/31/2004 - Multi-Tech Systems, Inc., a leading data communications technology company based in suburban Minneapolis, announces its Universal Socket Connectivity initiative at this year’s Embedded Systems Conference in San Francisco. Information about the initiative can be obtained at exhibit number 1138 in the Moscone Convention center from Tuesday March 30 through Thursday April 1. The purpose of this initiative is to encourage designs tailored to accommodate multiple connectivity requirements by providing developers information necessary to look at flexible ways to plan products. With this approach, connectivity needs can smoothly migrate through technologies such as wired modem, Ethernet LAN, ISDN, and cellular wireless.

“Common elements in modern product designs include microprocessors, memory and micro-code. To support these types of designs at customer locations, organizations have to be able to upgrade the firmware in the micro-controller” states Chip Harleman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Multi-Tech Systems, Inc. “From the marketing and support side there is often just pressure for new designs to be able to get connected, and not on how it is to be done. It is up to the design engineer to make sure it is done for today’s needs as well as tomorrow’s evolving requirements. The mission of our Universal Socket Connectivity initiative is to reach out to the embedded development community early in the design process and offer an innovative approach to providing several ways to connect to their product.”

With Multi-Tech’s Universal Socket Connectivity using analog SocketModem, wireless SocketModem, SocketEthernet, SocketModem ISDN, and selected IP variations, designers can prepare for several connectivity options depending on the operating environment needs. The developer’s guide that accompanies Multi-Tech’s embedded products assists the design engineer in considering SocketModems used to connect to different networks. This information will help engineers accommodate the different options that they need to consider for current as well as future requirements. In addition to the usual mechanical, electrical, and software specifications, the developer’s guide also includes information regarding connecting to communications networks, components used for connections, cables, and EMC filtering. Multi-Tech embedded products include:

An ISO 9001:2000 certified global manufacturer of award-winning Internet, remote access, and telephony products, Multi-Tech Systems provides end-to-end solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. Multi-Tech’s products are available through a worldwide network of business partners (distributors, resellers, system integrators, ISPs, and ISVs), or in embedded solutions from OEMs.

Privately held, Multi-Tech Systems has over 60 U.S. patents and numerous international patents. The company’s intellectual property portfolio includes patents covering transmission of multiplexed voice, data and video packets used in technologies such as Internet telephony, PC telephony, voice over IP or frame relay, and DSVD modems. For additional information, contact Multi-Tech at 800/328-9717 or 763/785-3500, via fax at 763/785-9874 or browse the company’s World Wide Web home page at

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