166 and 180MHz MediaGX™ Processors
Enables Complete $999 Multimedia PC Including Monitor
Richardson, Texas — June 30, 1997 — Enabling PC manufacturers to offer a complete multimedia system including monitor for $999, Cyrix Corporation today announced shipment of its 166 and 180MHz MediaGX™ processors. The MediaGX processor reduces system cost by incorporating multimedia and system functions right on the CPU — a first for the PC industry. Since it first came on the scene earlier this year (February 1997), the MediaGX architecture has gained support from a number of PC companies, including Compaq, First International Computer, BCM Advanced Research/GVC, IBM Canada, Samsung and Tatung. In fact, the 180MHz MediaGX processor will be incorporated into Compaq’s new Presario 2200 PC, also announced today.
"The new 166 and 180MHz MediaGX processors enable our customers to deliver high-performance multimedia PCs at extremely affordable prices," said Steve Tobak, vice president of corporate and channel marketing at Cyrix Corporation. "This latest technological advancement truly brings mainstream personal computing to consumers at prices they can afford. We expect the industry to experience an influx of new users and second- or third-time buyers as a result." "Cyrix has uniquely engineered a new processor in the MediaGX CPU that helps PC manufacturers, like Compaq, to deliver full-featured PCs to consumers at previously unattainable price points," said Brett Faulk, Presario marketing manager at Compaq. "The MediaGX solution enables a no-compromise $999 multimedia PC, including the monitor."
The Technology Roadmap
The MediaGX 166 and 180MHz processors are currently being manufactured on a 0.35 micron process at IBM Microelectronics. Cyrix plans to offer both system- and chip-level feature enhancements throughout 1997. The MediaGX roadmap includes integrated Universal Serial Bus (USB) support and MPEG video acceleration. In addition, MediaGX processor speeds are expected to increase to 200MHz and beyond, and feature MMX instructions, by late this year.
Price and Availability
The 166 and 180MHz MediaGX processors, including the 5510 companion chip, are available at $88 and $121, respectively, in 1,000 unit quantities. The 150 and 133MHz MediaGX processors, including the 5510 companion chip, are priced at $75 and $63, respectively, in 1,000 unit quantities. Industry infrastructure support for the MediaGX processor includes Award Software and Phoenix Technologies (BIOS manufacturers); and BCM Advanced Research/GVC, Daewoo Telecom LTD., First International Computer, Global Circuit Technology Inc., LG Electronics Inc. (Goldstar), SCI Systems, Tatung Co. and Trigem Computer (motherboard and OEM manufacturing partners).
About Cyrix Corporation
Cyrix Corporation, (www.cyrix.com), headquartered in Richardson, Texas, is a leading supplier of high-performance processors to the personal computer industry. Founded in 1988, the company designs, manufactures and markets innovative Windows®-compatible processors for the desktop and mobile computer markets. The Cyrix 6x86™ processor has been recognized for its performance with awards from a number of publications, including BYTE Magazine’s Best Technology at CeBIT ‘96, Computer Resellers News’ Editor’s Choice Award, PC Week’s Corporate IT Excellence Award and Computer Shopper’s Direct Channel Achievement Award.