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Analog Devices' SoundMAX Selected by Intel as Sound System for New 2GHz Pentium(R) 4 Processor-Based Motherboards.

--ADI's audio solution built into industry's highest performance motherboards.

INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM, SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ --

Analog Devices, Inc. (NYSE: ADI) today announced that its PC audio subsystem, SoundMAX(R) with SPX(TM) technologies, is now shipping with Intel Corporation's desktop boards to support the new Intel(R) 2GHz Pentium(R) 4 processor. By incorporating SoundMAX into these new performance desktop systems, the D850MD/D850MV, Intel brings audio functionality to levels matching many of the advanced video features found in PCs today. Through a variety of patented audio techniques, SoundMAX immerses the user in a hyper- realistic acoustic environment that features interactive, uniquely-generated sound effects.

"SoundMAX delivers an exceptional audio experience, providing premium PCI soundcard-like quality at lower cost," said Tom Matson, marketing director of Intel's Desktop Platform Solutions Division. "SoundMAX integrated audio is perfect for our new Pentium(R) 4 Processor-based desktop boards, which provide users a robust integrated audio solution, improving the overall user experience. "

"SoundMAX with SPX provides an audio experience beyond anything currently available in a PCI soundcard," said John Croteau, product line director, Computer Products and Services Group, Analog Devices, Inc. "With the latest desktop board integration by Intel, SoundMAX-equipped systems abound, providing a wide range of systems for end users who are serious about the quality of their PC's audio."

About Intel's Desktop Boards

The New Intel Desktop boards feature Intel Active Monitor for hardware management, Intel Rapid BIOS Boot, up to seven USB ports and a choice of CNR, LAN, USB 2.0 and "Micro-ATX" options. For more information on Intel Desktop Boards, please visit: http://developer.intel.com/design/motherbd/.

About SoundMAX with SPX

Analog Devices' SoundMAX with SPX (Sound Production eXtensions) technologies is a low-cost, integrated audio solution that surpasses the functionality of premium sound cards. Residing on the PC's motherboard or on a Communications Network Riser (CNR) soundcard, SoundMAX consists of high- performance hardware CODECs, with features such as hardware sample rate conversion (SRC), professional quality 94-dB playback and software speaker equalization (EQ). SoundMAX software includes Windows(R) device drivers and applications that support 3D audio, Microsoft(R) DirectX(TM) 8.0, EAX, A3D, unlimited voice DLS-2 wavetable, 5.1 virtual theater surround, CNR multi- channel output options, and SPX "audio animation" technologies. Based on physical and event modeling algorithms, SPX "audio animation" consists of a new class of audio rendering technologies that provide immersive and hyper- realistic sound effects based on user input. Earlier this year, Sony Online Entertainment announced support for SPX in upcoming game titles, including the highly anticipated "massively multi-player" fantasy game, PlanetSide(TM). More titles from major game publishers are expected later this year.

About Analog Devices, Inc.

With fiscal 2000 revenues of $2.58 billion, Analog Devices is a leading manufacturer of precision high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications. The company is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, and employs approximately 9,400 people worldwide. It has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, the Philippines, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. Analog Devices' stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the company is included in the S&P 500 Index.

SoundMAX is a registered trademark and SPX is a trademark of Analog Devices, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

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