SGS-THOMSON Announces Mpact™ Second Generation Media Processor
Mpact 2 integrated Graphics, Video, Audio and Communication Media
Processor delivers unbelievable Multimedia experience at new price point
not possible with alternative solutions.
March 16, 1998 – SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics has strengthened
the industry's most powerful range of multimedia silicon solutions with
the introduction of the 125 MHz Mpact 2 Media Processor and its accompanying
3DVD evaluation board. Complementing the Company's ultra-high performance
RIVA128™ multimedia accelerators, the Mpact 2 Media Processor is a highly
integrated, software-programmable device that brings high performance multimedia
to the more cost-sensitive end of the consumer PC market. SGS-THOMSON's
Mpact 2 can be used in PC motherboards and add-in card solutions for PCI
as well as AGP bus based systems. It takes advantage of the latest Rambus
Concurrent RDRAM, the industry's highest performance DRAM solution.
Based on a programmable architecture developed by Chromatic Researchâ,
the Mpact 2 offers higher performance of the 2D/3D graphics, DVD video,
AC-3 and wavetable Audio, fax/modem (now including K56flex™), telephony
and videophone features of the first generation Mpact 1. Additionally,
it includes enhanced 3D-pipelining that enables it to deliver some of the
industry's best 3D performance figures, specially on lower cost Pentium
MMX class PCs. The Mpact 2 runs at 125 MHz that is twice the speed of its
predecessor, thus is capable of executing over 6 billion operations per
second (BOPS), allowing it to provide the best DVD and audio performance
in its class. Using the Mpact as a co-processor to the x86 dramatically
reduce the Multimedia load on the host CPU and allows to build sub $1,000
PCs with Multimedia capabilities you never thought possible with a low
"With the introduction of Mpact 2, SGS-THOMSON delivers best-in-class
solutions across the whole spectrum of PC multimedia requirements,"
said Jean-Claude Monney, Marketing Director for SGS-THOMSON New Ventures
Group. "The VLIW and SIMD capable Mpact 2 Media Processor breaks the
PC architecture paradigm by moving the handling of multimedia data types
to a more optimized processing architecture than the x86, thus dramatically
lowering the cost of multimedia PCs".
"In addition to offering Mpact 2, SGS-THOMSON is uniquely positioned
to provide complementary ICs such as Audio and Video CODECs, Super integrated
x86 processor and other peripheral circuits to implement complete multimedia
solutions, not limited to PCs. This will be supported by reference design
kits from SGS-THOMSON".
For Mpact 2, SGS-THOMSON is now offering samples and a 3DVD PC add-in
evaluation board that plugs directly into a single PCI expansion slot and
is supplied with drivers for 2D and 3D graphics, DVD video, and AC-3 audio
functionality. Additional reference boards with full modem and telephony
functions will be available around mid-year.
The Mpact 2 is available in 2 versions to complement Chromatic Research
Mediaware offering, these are:
- The Mpact 2 3/DMAX (STMP601BG) offers the full Multimedia capabilities
and is available production quantities in June 98 at $36 for 10,000 units.
- The Mpact 2 3/DVD (STMP602BG) is tailored to 2D/3D graphics and DVD
solutions and is available production quantities June 98 at $32 for 10,000
- The Mpact 2/3DVD evaluation board is available for $200 and includes
the 3DVD Mediaware.
SGS-THOMSON's Mpact 2 has been designed in collaboration with Metaflow
Technologies Inc., - a specialist developer of advanced microprocessor
architectures, based in La Jolla, California - in which SGS-THOMSON holds
a majority stake - and with SGS-THOMSON's Mpact design team in USA. It
is being manufactured at the advanced 8 inch fab in Crolles, France using
the Company's 0.35 micron HCMOS-6 process.
SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics, a global independent semiconductor company
with strong European roots, has shares listed on the New York Stock Exchange
(NYSE: STM) and on the Bourse de Paris. It designs, develops, manufactures
and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and
discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronics applications,
including telecommunications systems, computer systems, consumer products
and industrial automation and control systems. Further information about
SGS-THOMSON can be found at www.st.com.
Chromatic Research is the leader in media processor technology and the
world's first "chipless" semiconductor company. Based on a unique
business model, the company's semiconductor partners LG Semicon, SGS-THOMSON
and Toshiba co-develop, manufacture and sell Chromatic-architected Mpact
media processors while Chromatic Research develops and sells the enabling
Mpact Mediaware software. Customers include Compaq, Gateway 2000, Micron
Electronics, STB, Diamond and Leadtek. Founded in 1993, the company is
privately held. For more information on Chromatic Research or Mpact, please
visit www.chromatic.com or www.mpact.com.
SGS-THOMSON is registered trademark of SGS-THOMSON Microeletronics,
Inc. K56flex is a trademark of Rockwell International. Mpact is trademark
of Chromatic Research, Inc.,Chromatic Research is a registered tradmark
of Chromatic Research Inc. RDRAM is a registered trademark of Rambus Inc.
Rambus is a registered trademark of Rambus Inc.
Chromatic Research, Inc. is the pioneer and leader of the fast-growing
media processor market. Chromatic Research is the world's first "chipless"
semiconductor company, based on a unique business model whereby Chromatic
Research's semiconductor partners co-develop, manufacture and sell the
Chromatic Research-designed Mpact media processor and Chromatic Research
develops and sells the enabling software called Mpact Mediaware. The Mpact
media processor solution integrates a full spectrum of multimedia functions,
including video, 2D graphics, 3D graphics, audio, fax/modem, telephony
and videophone. Founded in 1993, the company is privately held. Chromatic
Research, Inc., 615 Tasman Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94089-1707.
1998 Chromatic Research, Inc.
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