New MMX-Based Notebook Using Cirrus Logic's 64-Bit Graphics Engine Earns Awards from PC Magazine and Windows Sources
Fremont, CA--February 26, 1997--Cirrus Logic Inc. (Fremont, CA) announced that PC Magazine and Windows Sources have praised the performance of its CL-GD7555 graphics accelerator in reviews of a Micron notebook based on Intel's MMX-enabled Pentium processor.
In its February 18 issue, PC Magazine has given the Micron TransPort XPE notebook featuring the GD7555 the "PC Magazine Editors' Choice Award." In addition, Windows Sources presented the TransPort with its top "Stellar Award" in its February 1 issue, citing the GD7555 as a significant factor in the notebook's performance, labeling the chip as "insanely fast."
In both reviews, the Cirrus Logic chip received the highest marks in the "Business Graphics WinMark 97" category. PC Magazine compared the performance of the graphics subsystem to that of a top-flight 200 MHz Pentium desktop, while Windows Sources' graphics benchmark rated Cirrus Logic's performance at nearly two-times that of the closest competitor.
The award-winning chip was the first product announced in Cirrus Logic's family of GUI-accelerated XGA/SVGA LCD VisualMedia controllers. The family also includes a low-power version, the CL-GD7556, introduced last month that is pin- and software-compatible. The GD7556 supports 80 MHz memory clock operation at 3.3V, which permits OEM customers to design low-power 3.3V systems while maintaining the performance of a 5.0V system design. The low-power device also includes integrated TV-out logic to support connection and display of images on an NTSC or PAL TV set.
Both the GD7555 and GD7556 offer an assortment of end-user utilities, including support for independent color and brightness adjustment for graphics and video, thus enhancing video playback quality and providing for end-user optimization of display characteristics. This family of products is optimized for the Intel MMX environment and delivers graphics through its true 64-bit architecture and video performance with its MotionVideo Acceleration features.
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