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February 21, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:28pm

CYRIX MEDIAGX PROCESSOR RUNS COMPAQ’S $1,000 BOX

By CBR Staff Writer

Cyrix Corp could finally have a hit on its hands with its new MediaGX line of iAPX-86-compatible microprocessors, which cost as little as $75 each if you buy enough of them, and are being used in a new Presario 2000 series of home computers from Compaq Computer Corp that start at $1,000. The MediaGX implements the Richardson, Texas company’s own multimedia extensions for sound and video but runs all Pentium software. The chip, which in its first version is clocked at 133MHz, combines PCI bus and memory controller with the multimedia functions to reduce manufacturing costs. According to PC Week, the machine is being made for Compaq by First International Corp, Taiwan. It comes in a sleek black consumer electronics-style box. The $1,000 Presario 2100 model includes super-fast Internet access via an in-built 33.6Kbps modem and a PremierSound audio system. It comes with 24Mb memory, a 2.0Gb disk and eight times standard speed CD-ROM drive. The price does not include the monitor.

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