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Robotics (USR) is the world's leading network access company. It is the largest provider of computer modems in the United States, and its Sportster products are the best-selling desktop modems in the world.

U.S. Robotics Corporation
TypePrivate
IndustryComputer
Founded1976; 45 years ago
HeadquartersSchaumburg, Illinois, U.S.
ProductsModems, Wired and Wireless Networking, VoIP
OwnerUNICOM Global
Websitewww.usr.com

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U.S. Robotics Corporation, often called USR, is a company that produces USRobotics computer modems and related products. Its initial marketing was aimed at bulletin board systems, where its high-speed HST protocol made FidoNet transfers much faster, and thus less costly. During the 1990s it became a major consumer brand with its Sportster line. The company had a reputation for high quality and support for the latest communications standards as they emerged, notably in its V.Everything line, released in 1996.

With the reduced usage of analog or voiceband modems in North America in the early 21st century, USR began branching out into new markets. The company purchased Palm, Inc. for its PilotPDA, but was itself purchased by 3Com soon after. 3Com spun off USR again in 2000, keeping Palm and returning USR to the now much smaller modem market. After 2004 the company is formally known as USR. It is one of the few companies left in the modem market today, and now employs about 125 people worldwide.[1]

History[edit]

USR was founded in 1976 in Chicago, Illinois (and later moved to Skokie, Illinois), by a group of entrepreneurs, including Casey Cowell, who served as CEO for most of the company's history, and Paul Collard who designed modems into the mid-1980s. The company name is a reference to the fictional company U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men which featured prominently in the works of Isaac Asimov. The company has stated it was named as an homage to Asimov because in his science fiction works U.S. Robots eventually became 'the greatest company in the known galaxy',[2] and USR appeared in I, Robot (2004) as the fictional company itself.[3]

USR was one of many companies to offer dial-up modems for personal computers. Prior to the development of standards such as the V.32 family of protocols, USR introduced its own HST (High-Speed Transfer) protocol in 1986, which operated at 9600 bit/s (bits per second). In 1989 HST was expanded to 14.4 kbit/s, 16.8 kbit/s in 1992, and finally to 21 kbit/s and 24 kbit/s.

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USR was not the only company making modems with proprietary protocols; Telebit's TrailBlazer series offered speeds up to 19.2 kbit/s, and Hayes also introduced the 9600 bit/s Express 96 (or 'Ping-Pong') system. However, USR became the most successful of the three, due to a marketing scheme that offered large discounts to BBSsysops.

U.S. Robotics Sportster 14,400 Fax Modem (1994)

The proprietary nature of HST allowed USR to maintain its market predominance even when off-brand V.32-based modems began selling for less than equivalent HST modems. As the price differential decreased, however, V.32-based modems eventually became a cost-effective alternative to HST. USR countered by creating ever-faster HST protocols, starting with a 16.8 kbit/s mode, and by producing 'dual-standard' modems that were able to communicate with both HST and V.32 modems at high speeds.

During this period, USR differentiated between its high and low-end product lines by supporting only the V.32 modes on its low-end Sportster models, while its high-end Courier models supported V.32, HST, or both in the Courier Dual Standard models. The Sportster used the same motherboard as the Couriers, and on certain 14.4 kbit/s models a sequence of AT commands could be issued to enable the faster 16.8 kbit/s HST mode.[4] The Courier modems remained a favorite in the BBS and emerging Internet service provider world, where they were known to run without problems for extended periods of time (although the initial large-scale deployment of Courier modems in the CompuServe network uncovered a serious bug, which would cause the modems to crash and stop answering calls under high call volumes).

USR Sportster 56k 117102 ISA modem supporting X2 and V.90
Courier Dual Standard V34 Fax with V32 bis

A similar situation emerged a few years later when the 56kbit/s V.90 standard was first being proposed. USR developed its own 56k standard known as X2, while a consortium of other companies introduced its own K56flex. In contrast to the success of HST, neither X2 nor K56flex saw any real market uptake, as it was clear they would soon be followed by V.90 modems. After the introduction of V.90, USR abandoned support for X2. In a further effort to reduce the retail price of its modems, USR also marketed a Winmodem that used software running on the host computer to perform some of the modem functions.

Some models of Courier modems were known for their long-term upgradeability, because they used an upgradeable DSP design. For example, when the Courier V.Everything modem was first released in 1994 under the product label 'Courier V.34 Ready'.,[5] it shipped with only V.FC support, because V.34 had not been released. A free V.34 firmware upgrade[6] was made available later via FidoNet, as well as the Internet. USR then surprised many early Courier V.Everything modem owners with a limited-time free offer of an X2 firmware upgrade, which added 56K speed capability. Finally, USR released a V.90 upgrade that was compatible with X2-upgraded Courier V.Everything modems. Even the 1994 hardware released pre-V.34 was fully V.90-upgradeable without hardware modification.

There was a licensing key needed for some Courier V.Everything V.90 flash upgrades. The firmware could be loaded onto the modem, but it would work in 'degraded' V.34 mode. After paying a fee, and having the modem dial USR, a license key was installed that enabled the V.90 functions.

Commoditization[edit]

USR acquired Palm, Inc. in 1995 and subsequently merged with 3Com Corporation in June 1997.[7] It was then recreated as a spin-off of 3Com in June 2000, assuming 3Com's entire client modem business except for the Palm-related portion, which itself had been spun off with Palm three months earlier. Other portions of the original USR remained part of 3Com as the CommWorks Corporation. USR then quickly built up its device portfolio, including not only traditional dial-up modems, but also wired- and wireless-networking components.

USR was acquired by private equity firm Platinum Equity for an undisclosed amount of cash in 2005, believed to be between US$30 million and US$50 million.[8]

By 2010 the company was focused only on the traditional modem business.

In 2013, USR was acquired by UNICOM Global.[9]

See also[edit]

  • IBM Mwave – Combined modem and sound digital signal processor (DSP) card allowing soft upgrades within its hardware limitations.
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References[edit]

  1. ^'USR :: Backgrounder'. www.usr.com. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  2. ^'About USR'. USR. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  3. ^Hachman, Mark (2004-06-30). 'Update: Management Team Buys Back U.S. Robotics - ExtremeTech'. ExtremeTech. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  4. ^'Google Groups'. groups.google.com. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  5. ^'Info World: USRobotics Courier V.34 Ready Fax Modem with V.FC and V.32bis'. books.google.com. 11 July 1994. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  6. ^'PC Magazine: The First V.34 Modems'. books.google.com. 13 Sep 1994. Retrieved 16 Nov 2017.
  7. ^'Investors bless 3Com-USR merger'. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  8. ^'Buyout Firm Scoops Up Modem Maker U.S. Robotics'. Retrieved 2 May 2017.
  9. ^'UNICOM Systems acquires U.S. Robotics from Platinum Equity'. support.usr.com. Retrieved 2 May 2017.

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UNICOM® Systems acquires U.S. Robotics from Platinum Equity

Acquisition includes U.S., German and UK Subsidiaries

2013.06.07


From left Mr. Joseph Gauthier, Esq. Sr. Corp. Counsel, UNICOM Systems; Mr. Aaron Mazzolini, SVP, M&A, Platinum Equity; Mr. Corry Hong, Founder, President and CEO, UNICOM Systems; Mr. Gerald Kilroy, Esq. General Counsel, UNICOM Systems; Ms. Eva Kalawski, Esq. EVP, General Counsel and Secretary, Platinum Equity; and Mr. Neil Watt, Esq. CFO and Corp. Counsel, UNICOM Systems.

Los Angeles, Ca and Schaumburg, IL (June 7, 2013) – UNICOM Global is pleased to announce that its Founder, President and CEO, Mr. Corry Hong, today signed an all-cash deal to acquire U.S. Robotics Corporation, a Delaware corporation, and its domestic parent Rockstar Holding Corporation, as well as its US Subsidiary, U.S. Robotics Americas LLC, its UK Subsidiary, U.S. Robotics (U.K.) Limited, and its German Subsidiary, U.S. Robotics (Deutschland) GmbH (collectively USRobotics) from Platinum Equity.

USRobotics, with its long history of communication innovation, will expand and build on UNICOM Global’s strategic IT offerings which will benefit UNICOM customers, technology partners and supply-chain partners. UNICOM Global continues to grow through leadership, capital, and its global presence thereby strengthening existing relationships with Fortune 500 and Global 2000 commercial customers, as well as with ISV and OEM strategic partners, the U.S. Federal Government, and State, Local and Municipal government entities.

“USRobotics is synonymous with high quality products, and is a well-known brand recognized in global markets across the data communications space,” said Mr. Hong shortly after signing the Stock Purchase Agreement. “This is a strategic move for UNICOM Global. I am excited by the caliber of employees at USRobotics who will contribute to UNICOM Global’s continued commitment to the future of IT and the delivery and use of our IT solutions by our customers.”

The global network equipment industry is expected to exceed $184 billion in 2015, and switches and routers represent the leading market segment, generating close to 45% of overall market value. Europe represents almost 40% of the global networking equipment market.

“UNICOM Global’s leadership, deep understanding of technology and its ability to effectuate a deal without delay is what made them the right candidate for Platinum Equity,” said Aaron Mazzolini, Senior Vice President, M&A, Platinum Equity. “UNICOM Global has significant resources and assets to support USRobotics’ growth strategies and opportunities.”

The Global Data Center Network Equipment market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.16 percent over the period 2013-2016. One of the key factors contributing to this market growth is the increasing popularity of cloud services. The Global Data Center Network Equipment market has also been witnessing increasing virtualization in network environments.

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UNICOM Global continues to increase the quality, quantity, depth and strength of its IT solutions including Cloud Computing, Telecom Platforms, Mobility, Application Modernization, Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Big Data Storage, Apache Hadoop Framework, Social Media Solutions, Smart Computing, Appliances, Document Management, and ITIL ITSM deployments for the IBM I, the IBM zEnterprise and open systems platforms.

Media Contact for UNICOM Global:
Mr. Russ Guzzo
818.838.0606
[email protected]

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Media Contact for Platinum Equity:
Mr. Mark Barnhill
310.228.9514

About USRobotics www.usr.com

For more than three decades, millions of businesses and consumers have relied on USRobotics for dependable internet access. Today, USRobotics endeavors to continue the longstanding tradition of supporting successful businesses by providing equipment for data transfer, remote management, broadband backup, point-of-sale, and machine-to-machine functions. The company strives to support the latest technologies through the development of new tools, which are known for their mobility, convenience, and reliability. USRobotics products are designed for multiple environments, including data centers, remote networks, embedded solutions, and small-to medium-sized business markets.

About Platinum Equity, LLCwww.platinumequity.com

Platinum Equity is a global M&A&O firm specializing in the mergers, acquisitions, and operations of companies that provide services and solutions to customers in a broad range of business markets, including information technology, telecommunications, logistics, metals services, manufacturing and distribution. Since its founding in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity has completed more than 145 acquisitions.

About UNICOM® Globalwww.unicomglobal.com

UNICOM Global consists of more than twenty-five (25) corporate entities encompassing a wide range of businesses across multiple states and countries. With its corporate headquarters in Los Angeles, California, to offices in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Illinois, Texas, North Carolina and Virginia, as well as across Europe in the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland, UNICOM Global offers deep in-house resources and flexible IT solutions to our partners worldwide. UNICOM Global focuses on acquiring and integrating mature and growing mid-cap NASDAQ, London Stock Exchange AIM and German publically-traded companies in technology, financing, real estate, and business services. Please visit any or all of our websites for additional information about the services, products and solutions that UNICOM Global offers:

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www.unicomengineering.comUNICOM Engineering (formally NASDAQ: NEI) - Appliance and network platform
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