Motorola is collaborating with audio PC tools specialist, Aureal, to build a modem with built-in audio capabilities.
The two firms will combine Motorola's Soft Modem technology with Aureal's Vortex 3D audio acclerators and A3D audio algorithms.
The first fruit of the venture will be a modem-audio card that integrates Aureal's Vortex audio chip with Motorola's SM 56 modem software. It is expected in the first quarter of next year.
Much of Aureal's technology is used by interactive gamers and provides sound to titles such as 'Unreal' and 'Jedi Knight'. Its A3D audio rendering can also be found in PC systems including Dell Dimension and Compaq Presario.
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