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LG Semicon's Mpact 2/6000 Offers Industry's Only Complete Multimedia Environment on a Single Chip

Second generation media processor features 2D and 3D graphics, DVD playback
 and high-end audio

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- A cost-effective single-chip solution for complete multimedia was showcased today by LG Semicon with its Mpact 2/6000 media processor (GM9OC771). Together with Mpact Mediaware and a PC's existing x86 or x86 MMX CPU, Mpact 2/6000 delivers: DVD playback, high- performance 2D and 3D graphics acceleration, MPEG1 and MPEG 2 video, wave table audio, fax/modem, telephony and videoconferencing.

The Mpact 2 is the next generation Mpact solution for multimedia, offering 125 MHz clock frequency and 3D graphics performance of about 40 million pixels/second -- six times the capacity of the Mpact 1/3000. It can process 6 billion operations per second (BOPS) and is suited for PC motherboards or as an add-in card. Consistent with the Mpact commitment to flexibility and affordability, future functional upgrades can be completed through software changes not costly hardware reconfiguration.

DVD features of Mpact 2/6000 include: full-screen 30 frames/second MPEG 2 decoding, de-interlacing, 720x480 native resolution playback, Chromabright(TM) and Chromadjust(TM), SRS TruSurround(TM) and AV Sync(TM) and in-house Dolby testing.

3D advantages include a dedicated 35-state rendering pipeline, a 500 MFLOPS set-up engine and 1.2GB/second memory bandwidth.

"Today's only one-chip solution in multimedia is the Mpact 2," said Duke Koo, Sr. Managing Director of International Sales & Trade Affairs at LG Semicon. "Mpact's cost-effectiveness will be true today and tomorrow, since more multimedia functionality can be realized by software changes alone."

The Mpact 2 media processor, architected by Chromatic Research, Inc., was co-developed by LG Semicon, Ltd. Under license from Chromatic, LG Semicon is manufacturing and selling the chip under the Mpact brand name. Chromatic provides the enabling Mpact Mediaware.

One-Stop Shopping at LG Semicon

LG Semicon is the only Mpact 2/6000 supplier who can offer customers one- stop shopping for complete Mpact-based system realization. In addition to Mpact 2/6000 silicon, the company can supply highly qualified concurrent RDRAM, GlueArt, audio and modem codecs, large screen CRT/LCDs and DVD ROM. Engineering support and customer service are offered at over 30 worldwide subsidiaries and branch offices.

"Our customers know us as a total solution provider who prioritizes complete customer satisfaction and after-sales support. These are characteristics we also hope to share with new Mpact 2/6000 customers," stated Koo. "Part of our service equation can also entail designing entire PCB boards with Mpact 2/6000 according to customer specifications."

Product Availability

Samples of Mpact 2/6000 are available now with full commercialization slated for 1Q 1998. LG Semicon estimates an entire bill-of-materials cost of under $100 for Mpact 2/6000, RDRAM and Mediaware. New Mpact modules for videoconferencing, home movie editing, audio and fax/modem will be available to PC OEMs and add-in card manufacturers in 1H 1998.

About LG Semicon

A leader in memory chip development and supply, LG Semicon is rapidly diversifying its product mix with particular emphasis on media processors and thin-film transistor liquid crystal displays. A $2.4 billion company in Korea's $73 billion LG Group, LGS employs 9,500 employees at 2 domestic manufacturing facilities, 4 research and development laboratories and 30 overseas subsidiaries and branch offices. It is currently constructing a $1.9 billion fabrication plant in Newport, Wales, United Kingdom, and intends additional facility investments in North America and Asia by the year 2000.

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/CONTACT: Heesun Kang of LG Semicon, 408-752-9210, or; or Matt Afflixio, 415-904-7070 ext. 278, or, or Anne Stendel, 415-904-7070, ext. 224, or, both of Access Communications for LG Semicon/

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