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OLIVETTI SELECTS ANALOG DEVICES' DSP IC FOR NEW COMPANION PERSONAL COMPUTER

 OLIVETTI SELECTS ANALOG DEVICES' DSP IC
 FOR NEW COMPANION PERSONAL COMPUTER
 Norwood, Mass., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Analog Devices (NYSE: ADI) today announced that Ing. C. Olivetti and Co. of Italy, Europe's leading computer manufacturer, selected the company's ADSP-2111 digital signal processor (DSP) integrated circuit for inclusion in its new Quaderno PC. Called a "cutting edge" product by the Wall Street Journal, the Quaderno is a full-featured DOS-compatible companion PC approximately one-third the size of traditional notebook PCs. It has gained rapid market acceptance since shipments began in June, and is being actively marketed in both Europe and the U.S.
 The Analog Devices ADSP-2111, in combination with special voice software, allows Quaderno users to record and playback speech memos -- even when the unit's cover is closed. Voice messages are stored in files on the unit's hard drive, and can be linked to text-based applications.
 According to Fabrizio Gimona, PC Marketing Director at Olivetti, "We chose the ADSP-2111 because it is tightly integrated to standard PC architecture. This allowed us to reduce our component count and create a new generation of machine in terms of size and performance."
 This announcement follows similar new product announcements by Compaq Computer Corporation and Microsoft Corporation. These design-ins by major computer firms follow Analog Devices' introduction of its Signal Computing strategy earlier this year. By using Signal Computing, PC and electronic equipment manufacturers can easily incorporate capabilities such as fax/modems, high fidelity stereo sound, voice processing, music synthesis and video image processing in their next generation products.
 "Signal Computing's open architecture is a concept that fits well with Olivetti's marketing strategy for product development," noted Gimona. "With one hardware architecture able to support different software media functions, Olivetti will create new classes of products. Future machines will offer friendlier user interfaces, easier communications and flexible features for different features for different markets using a wide variety of media capabilities."
 With fiscal 1991 revenues of $538 million, Analog Devices is a Fortune 500 manufacturer of precision, high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications. The company employs approximately 5,200 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts, California, North Carolina, Ireland, Japan, the Philippines and Taiwan.
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