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A FAX MESSAGE CARD ARCHITECTURE FOR PAGING

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007280D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Mar-11
Document File: 6 page(s) / 313K

Publishing Venue

Motorola

Related People

Noah P. Orlen: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International) card has become a popular periph- eral for laptops, notebooks, palmtops, and PDAs. The use of PCMCIA cards is varied, ranging from non-volatile memory to RF modems (Motorola NewsCard). The description below specifies a means for supporting Fax Paging/Messaging on multiple platforms (Host machinesPDAs, palmtops, etc.) with a single FaxMessage Card. This eliminates the need to distribute or license software for the host platform. Furthermore, there is no need for third- party vendors to develop software to support the FaxMessage Card. All necessary software is already available for most, ifnot all, host machines. Specifi- cally, commercially available software supporting standard fax modems can be utilized in support of our architecture. The primary benefit is that all unique capabilities and competence offered by the Motorola FaxMessage Card (i.e. hardware and soil- ware) reside in the Motorola product. This assures that the Motorola device (FaxMessage Card) main- tains a high-level ofhost independence and flexibility, application and driver software on each target plat- form (host machine).

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MO7=OROLA Technical Developments Volume 23 October 1994

A FAX MESSAGE CARD ARCHITECTURE FOR PAGING

by Noah F? Orlen, Jyh-Han Lin and Leon Jasinski

  The PCMCIA (Personal Computer Memory Card International) card has become a popular periph- eral for laptops, notebooks, palmtops, and PDAs. The use of PCMCIA cards is varied, ranging from non-volatile memory to RF modems (Motorola NewsCard). The description below specifies a means for supporting Fax Paging/Messaging on multiple platforms (Host machinesPDAs, palmtops, etc.) with a single FaxMessage Card. This eliminates the need to distribute or license software for the host platform. Furthermore, there is no need for third- party vendors to develop software to support the FaxMessage Card. All necessary software is already available for most, ifnot all, host machines. Specifi- cally, commercially available software supporting standard fax modems can be utilized in support of our architecture. The primary benefit is that all unique capabilities and competence offered by the Motorola FaxMessage Card (i.e. hardware and soil- ware) reside in the Motorola product. This assures that the Motorola device (FaxMessage Card) main- tains a high-level ofhost independence and flexibility,

application and driver software on each target plat- form (host machine).

  In an effort to assure a high-level of acceptance, compatibility, and host independence, the following architecture facilitates the use of standard fax software already available on target platforms/ host machines (PDAs, laptops, palmtops, note- books,. .). The heart of the invention is to have the FaxMessaging Card appear as a standard fax modem, specification compliant, so that ALL platforms supporting fax modem peripherals (PCMCIA or like interface), as well as ALL existing so&ware, will be able to interface and communicate with the FaxMessage Card. This will clearly enable existing fax modem so&ware, which is standard on an increas- ing number of platforms, to be used as a means for presentation (i.e. GUI-Graphical User,Interface) and message handling on the host machine.

  The state-of-the-art computer fax sohware sup- ports one or more of the fax modem types (Class 1, Class 2, or CAS fax modems). Receiving a fax on a host platform is usually transparent. Most packages, especially those under Microsoft Windows, will either beep or pop-up when a fax is received. Furthermore, some of these sollware packages can differentiate between voice, fax, and data calls. This is an important feature when considering the reception of alphanumeric, voice, or Fax Pages. PC based faxing and OCR (optical character recognition) are matur- ing technologies with fax modems and fax software proliferating through the PC, laptop, and mobile markets.

  The architecture that will be discussed will lev- erage the existing resources/infrastructure already established in the portable markets.

1.0 INTRODUCTION

  As was mentioned, this article specifies an archi- tecture...