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ANALOG DEVICES AUDIO CODEC IC INCORPORATED IN PENTIUM REFERENCE DESIGN

 NORWOOD, Mass., April 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) today announced that Intel Corporation has incorporated the AD1848 SoundPort(R) codec (coder/decoder) in the reference design for the new Pentium(tm) microprocessor. The AD1848 is a highly integrated audio system on a chip used to implement business audio in personal computers and workstations. It offers computer designers the lowest-cost, easiest-to-implement solution for incorporating "CD-quality" digital audio input and output for both motherboards and add-in cards to provide functions such as voice annotation, speech synthesis, voice recognition and--in the near future--voice mail.
 The Pentium is a 3.1 million-transistor very high performance microprocessor that Intel began shipping in March. Intel says the device is targeted at applications running under the Microsoft Windows(tm) platform generally, and in particular, applications involving speech recognition, modeling, visualization and PC imaging.
 According to the Open Design Guide for the Pentium, which Intel supplies to computer manufacturers developing workstations and computers based on this chip, "As the economics of digital audio become more attractive, sound is becoming well established as a standard data type for business workstations as well as multimedia PCs. Those who are designing PCs for the business user should seriously consider putting audio on the baseboard as a less expensive alternative to add-in sound boards." Intel expects that this will soon lead to computers with integrated messaging: "Voice, EMail, and FAX messages will all appear on the same screen. Just plug in your headset, click on the icon, and the voice message will be played back for you."
 To assist computer designers in adding business audio to their Pentium-based designs, Intel has developed a "reference design" that includes the AD1848. A "reference design" is a complete, debugged motherboard design that computer makers are free to copy or modify to meet their particular requirements. Intel has also developed and made available to computer designers a reference design for its i486(tm) family of microprocessors that also incorporates the Analog Devices AD1848 audio codec.
 The AD1848 was developed by Analog Devices in partnership with Compaq Computer Corp. and Microsoft Corp. It is on the motherboard of Compaq's award-winning DESKPRO(R)/i PC and on the I/O board of the Compaq DESKPRO(R)/M. It is also on Microsoft's plug-in board for their innovative Windows Sound System(TM). The device is currently being designed into numerous other computers and add-in cards as well.
 With fiscal 1992 revenues of $567 million, Analog Devices is a leading manufacturer of precision high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications. The company employs approximately 5,300 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.


NOTE: SoundPort is a registered trademark of Analog Devices, Inc.
 Pentium and i486 are trademarks of Intel Corporation.
 Microsoft is a registered trademark and Windows and
 Windows Sound System are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.
 Compaq and DESKPRO are registered trademarks
 of Compaq Computer Corp.
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 /CONTACT: James O. Fishbeck, Director of Corporate Communications, Analog Devices, 617-461-3282/
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