Cyrix has launched a low-cost 200MHz MMX version of its MediaGX integrated processor designed for notebooks. The new chip follows on from the original MediaGX design launched last year. The MediaGX design combines graphics, chipset, memory, video controllers and sound in a two-chip package. The new chip adds power management features and a 64-bit SDRAM controller. Cyrix also netted a major customer for the new chips: Compaq has used it in the new $1,999 (#1,226) Presario 1220 laptop. Cyrix hopes the chip will attract manufacturers with its low price, and less power consumption - a key criterion in the notebook market. The original MediaGX chip "started the rush towards the sub-$1,000 (#614) desktop market", claimed Brendan Sherry, general manager for Cyrix in Europe. "Cyrix wants to be first in the next wave of driving down costs below $2,000 (#1,227) in the notebook market." The proprietary motherboard and chipset used by the MediaGX requires manufacturers to design machines specially for the chip, which means users won't be seeing smaller off-the-shelf OEMs bringing out new models based on the MediaGX. Instead, Cyrix is working closely with motherboard suppliers and large OEMs to develop solutions, and Sherry confirmed that Cyrix has been talking to the "big names" in the industry. Addressing worries regarding manufacturing capacity, Sherry stated that Cyrix has "enough stock to support the Compaq program", and with Cyrix's acquisition by National Semiconductor at the end of last year, the company has use of Nat Semi's chip fab on the East Coast. "Capacity is not something we feel constrained by," added Sherry. Cyrix: 0800 137305.
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