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Samsung chips in to multimedia

Samsung's next-generation multimedia processor, a critical component in Microsoft's Talisman architecture, will ship in the first quarter of 1997.

Samsung has announced that its next-generation multimedia processor, a critical component in Microsoft's Talisman architecture, will ship in the first quarter of 1997.

The "multimedia signal processor" (MSP) chip is cited in Microsoft papers released earlier this month as one of the core chips on a Talisman multimedia circuit board, which plugs into a standard PCI slot in a personal computer. The Talisman board design provides 2D and 3D graphics acceleration, Windows acceleration, full-resolution MPEG-2 playback, videoconferencing, sound, and modem capability in a single hardware subsystem.

The Samsung MSP chip is based on a dual-processor design, handling intensive multimedia functions that typically tax a general-purpose processor, such as Intel's Pentium. The MSP also supports DirectX programming interfaces, with which developers write multimedia applications.

Analysts say an add-in card using the new Samsung chip could cost between $200 and $300 to manufacture.

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