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IBM, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, INTERMETRICS ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE, DISCLOSE MWAVE SUBSYSTEM AS OPEN PLATFORM FOR MULTIMEDIA COMPUTING

IBM, TEXAS INSTRUMENTS, INTERMETRICS ANNOUNCE ALLIANCE, DISCLOSE MWAVE
 SUBSYSTEM AS OPEN PLATFORM FOR MULTIMEDIA COMPUTING
 SAN FRANCISCO, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN), and Intermetrics, Inc. have announced an alliance to promote the Mwave (See Note A) subsystem, an advanced DSP (digital signal processor) technology for multimedia computing that will allow a single subsystem to handle the processing done today by multiple add-in boards.
 By combining their respective strengths in computer systems, DSP technology, and software tools, the three companies are disclosing an integrated DSP environment that provides all the components that hardware designers and software developers need to create computer-based multimedia products.
 IBM, TI, and Intermetrics intend to promote the jointly developed Mwave platform as an open standard for multimedia computing in the 1990's; TI and Intermetrics plan to introduce the first products later this year. TI will provide the Mwave products to IBM, and market a complete system solution to other computer manufacturers and add-in board manufacturers.
 Intermetrics will deliver software development tools to IBM, and market these tools to software companies and original equipment manufacturers. IBM plans to use the Mwave subsystem across it's multimedia products for audio, image, and communications. First system products are expected in 1993.
 DSPs are microprocessors that are designed to handle signals as they occur in "real time." DSP technology is well suited for multimedia computing because information such as voices, music, images, facsimile transmissions, and other such signals need be processed in real time.
 "The potential for DSP technology in multimedia is enormous," said Michael A. Braun, assistant general manager, multimedia at IBM. "With this alliance, we are adding another cornerstone to our vision of a future where multimedia computing is pervasive."
 Added Dr. Robert Carberry, assistant general manager, technology, Personal Systems at IBM, "DSPs have been used for add-on multimedia functions before. With this alliance we are laying the ground work for DSPs to be an integral part of our Personal Systems line of computers."
 Walden Rhines, executive vice president of the TI Semiconductor Group, agreed: "TI is looking forward to continuing its work with IBM to further DSP's role in the burgeoning multimedia marketplace. TI with IBM and Intermetrics will promote and support the architecture to ensure it becomes a standard platform for multimedia-equipped computers."
 Said Joseph Saponaro, president and CEO of Intermetrics, "Intermetrics brings more than 10 years of experience in building programming environments for developers of DSP-based systems. By ensuring that the power of the Mwave subsystem is easy to design and develop with, Intermetrics will play a major role in seeing this integrated architecture adopted as an industry standard."
 MWAVE DSP PROCESSORS: OPTIMIZED FOR MULTIMEDIA COMPUTING.
 By combining text and graphics of traditional personal computers with stereo sound, lifelike images, voice recognition, and by allowing users in separate locations to share all of that information effectively, multimedia is widely heralded as the next revolution in computing.
 Add-in boards are available today to address individual components of multimedia. Taken together, however, these single-function board represent an expensive multimedia solution that demands several of the available upgrade slots in a desktop computer.
 In contrast, the power and flexibility of programmable DSPs enable a single subsystem that combines all of the functionality of the single- function cards, and that is affordable for everyday computer use. And, unlike the multiple add-in board alternatives, the Mwave DSP subsystem ensures that all of the multimedia functions will be compatible with each other, and will allow multiple functions to operate concurrently.
 MWAVE SUBSYSTEM: COMPLETE MULTIMEDIA SOLUTION.
 Under the long-term alliance, the three alliance members are developing the Mwave environment, which includes:
 -- A new generation of DSP chips optimized for multimedia
 processing.
 -- A large assortment of industry standard programs that
 implement audio, video, and telecommunications and other
 multimedia functions that run on the DSPs.
 -- A embedded DSP operating system to ensure that multimedia
 tasks can execute concurrently on the DSPs.
 -- A resource and application interface manager that allows
 a wide variety of tasks from independent developers to
 share the Mwave subsystem.
 -- An application programming environment for Microsoft
 Windows (See Note B), DOS and Operating System/2 (See Note A).
 NOTE A: Indicates trademark or registered trademark of IBM Corporation.
 NOTE B: Indicates trademark of the Microsoft Corporation.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Several IBM units are involved in this project: IBM's multimedia organization is responsible for multimedia market development and marketing of products including industry and cross- industry applications; IBM's Entry Systems Division is responsible for current and future multimedia products; IBM's Technology Products line of business and Entry Systems Technology, Personal Systems line of business, are responsible for the development of the underlying subsystems.
 Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high- technology company with sales and manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computer systems and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials, and consumer electronic products.
 Intermetrics, Inc. is a leading independent software company providing professional engineering and software services, standard software products and integrated systems. Intermetrics designs, builds and markets integrated software development tools for microprocessor, digital signal processor and microcontroller-based computing systems. Intermetrics is a 23-year-old publicly-traded company employing 600 software professionals./
 /CONTACT: Jim Keller of IBM, 914-642-5472; Pat Arcand of Intermetrics, 617-661-0072; Mike Feibus, 713-274-2517, or Donna Coletti, 713-274-3361, both of Texas Instruments/
 (IBM TXN) CO: IBM Corporation; Texas Instruments Incorporated; Intermetrics, Inc. ST: New York, Texas, California IN: CPR SU:


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