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QUALCOMM's "PureVoice" Aims for High-Quality Audio

QUALCOMM Inc. introduced today at MacWorld Internet audio compression technology that optimizes Apple's QuickTime technology.

QUALCOMM's PureVoice audio technology utilizes specialized compression that enables the transmission of audio files with sound comparable to that heard over standard telephones.

The technology can reduce file size and transmission time by a factor of 10 or more, according to QUALCOMM, which in effect reduces a 1M byte audio file that takes about 7 minutes to broadcast using a 28.8kbps modem to a 90 kbyte file that takes less than 45 seconds to deliver.

Apple will offer PureVoice technology as a system extension to QuickTime 3.0, scheduled for release early next year, for use on Windows 95, Windows NT, and Mac OS platforms.

"The combination of QuickTime and PureVoice technology will give users an increased ability to include high-quality voice messages, resulting in a significantly enhanced experience on the Web. We believe that the capability PureVoice technology brings to QuickTime will make it an Internet standard," said Carolyn Goates, Apple Computer Inc.'s product manager for QuickTime for the Internet.

The PureVoice technology player-recorder is now available as a standalone product and as a plug-in for Eudora e-mail software.

In related news, QUALCOMM announced Eudora Pro Email 4.0 is now available for the Macintosh platform. This next-generation version features multithreading functionality, which enables users to download and retrieve messages while simultaneously conducting other tasks; support for HTML, which allows users to create more graphics-intensive e-mail messages; an advanced filter system; an enhanced directory service; and auto configuration.

Eudora Pro Email 4.0 for Macintosh is now available for an estimated retail price of $39.