Cyrix will kick off its product assault with its "black box"--a VCR-sized, sealed-case, consumer PC--that includes a 133-MHz Pentium-class processor based on Cyrix's GX processor, 16MB of RAM, a large hard disk drive (likely to be in the 1GB range), and Microsoft Windows 95, sources close to the company say.
Sealed-case PCs will come in a number of forms but are primarily intended as the quintessential easy-to-use, plug-and-play PCs. The Cyrix PC will also include features like a wireless keyboard, according to the sources.
For manufacture of the computer, Cyrix will contract with Asian-based companies, which will then supply the boxes to Cyrix and other PC vendors, said sources.
Compaq may also use the GX processor in a sub-$1000 consumer PC design, said sources.
Cyrix will follow this later with a thin-client PC design, also based on SIPC, for business customers which runs Windows NT, the sources said.