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December 1, 1997updated 03 Sep 2016 4:19pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Chip giant AMD has teamed up with Californian PC/TV start up 4Tel to offer consumers a new PC/TV home theater system up to a thousand dollars cheaper than existing Intel based PC theater systems. The system, designed by 4Tel contains all the basics of a PC with additional TV and Digital Video Disk functionality. Two models are available, a flat looking box that will plug into your TV or VGA Monitor for $1,299 and an all in one version with a 17-inch screen for $1399. Both systems run AMD 200 MHz K6 processor and come with 32 megabytes of RAM and a 3GB hard drive. Each box also contains two internal TV tuner cards, so consumers can play back two video streams simultaneously or display multiple videoconferencing streams. The boxes run Windows 95. According to the company the units also contain upgradable tuner boxes that can be easily removed and upgraded when digital television options become available. The tuner box connects to the back of the television so userscan watch television without ever having to run on the PC.

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