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3Com is to buy audio software developer EuPhonics for $8.3 million, it has emerged. According to 3Com officials, the company will use EuPhonics expertise to bring sophisticated sound processing technologies to its modem and network interface cards (NICs). The first products to include EuPhonics products will appear in Q2 1999, 3Com said. "It just makes a lot of sense to bring these two technologies together," said Bob Suffern, VP of business development for 3Com's personal comms division, quoted on CNet. "In the long run, what we'll be doing is audio-enhancing all of our communications products." 3Com will take the purchase as a one-off charge in the second quarter of its 1999 fiscal results. ®

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