Semiconductor company Cirrus Logic today said it is readying a home-consumer PC reference design, which it said will cost only #600 when OEMs begin to manufacture it in the middle of 1998.
At the same time, executives at the company said they had mastered a chip-based solution for storage. They also claimed to have designed a semi-processor that will bring down the price of digital cameras to as little as #50 for a low end model in the near future.
Also announced by Cirrus was the first chipset for 56Kbps modems supporting the X2 design, to feature an integrated PCI interface.
The consumer PC design, codenamed Catalyst by Cirrus, will come in a sealed black box, will support TV tuners and include a DVD drive. It also has a USB bus and includes imaging facilities direct from the DVD drive. The sealed box includes AGP, Direct 3D 5.0, Directsound 3D and other 3D standards.
It integrates the features on a single motherboard, said company officials, and is optimised for Windows 95.
Other features of the #600 box include a 56Kbps modem and video and MPEG decoders.
The storage solution will enable OEMs to create floppy drives, backwards compatible with current formats, which can hold up to 200Mbytes for back-up, a senior company official said.
The breakthrough in digital cameras has been achieved because Cirrus has managed to create an integrated chip in that arena too, he added. That, he claimed, will push consumer interest in what were relatively expensive items.
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