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PARADISE Unveils Low Cost FM Radio Cards for the PC "Radiophile"; New Cards Feature Latest RBDS Technology For Real-Time Channel or Broadcast Information.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 1996--If you're the kind of person who can't work without listening to music, routinely ties up the CD-ROM drive with business apps, or maybe just likes to catch the news occasionally during the day, then PARADISE Multimedia Products has a great solution for you.

PARADISE, a product group of Philips Electronics, today announced a new family of FM radio peripheral cards for IBM-compatible computers that allows users to listen to their favorite radio stations while they work on their computer.

At the core of the FM radio cards is the Philips' designed FM Tuner module with support for the Radio Broadcast Data System (RBDS). RBDS makes it possible for PCs to receive FM radio programs, as well as channel or station information that is broadcast along with a radio signal. The FM radio cards automatically scan and store FM radio station information so computer users can make a station selection based on frequency or music type (i.e., jazz, hard rock, country, etc.).

All FM radio cards in the product line include the PARADISE-developed Smart Radio, an easy-to-use interface that looks like a radio console and stores up to 100 radio stations in memory. The software includes a built-in alarm which can be used to turn the radio on at a preset time.

"This is a great feature for audiophiles who may be using their computer's CD-ROM drive for something other than an audio-CD," said Dion Lisle, product marketing manager at PARADISE. "Our customer research shows that PC users are extremely enthusiastic about the prospect of adding an FM Radio to their computer, citing everything from boredom with their audio-CD collection, to catching baseball scores and weather updates, or monitoring business news."

The PARADISE Radio Card is the entry level product in the family providing the lowest cost, high-quality FM tuner card available from a major multimedia supplier. The PARADISE Radio Card includes the PARADISE Smart Radio software and has an estimated RRP in the United States of about $59.

The PARADISE Sound and Radio Card combines all the features of the PARADISE Radio Card with SoundBlaster Pro capability via the Yamaha OPL-3 SA chip. The 16-bit sound card is Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 compatible, supports General MIDI and the Windows Sound System, and meets MPC 3 requirements. Digital recording and playback is supported in 8- and 16-bit resolutions in either stereo or mono at up to 44.1 kHz sampling rates. The PARADISE Sound & Radio Card has an RRP in the United States of about $99.

The top-of-the-line PARADISE Wavetable, Sound & Radio Card includes all the features of the PARADISE Sound and Radio Card, but adds state-of-the-art wavetable synthesis with 1 MB ROM of sound samples, 128 voices, and 1 drum kit for more realistic sounding multimedia presentations and games. The PARADISE Wavetable, Sound & Radio Card is a superior sounding low-cost sound card with a built-in FM radio that has an RRP in the Unites States of about $139.

Both the Sound & Radio Card and the Wavetable, Sound & Radio Card include the PARADISE Audio Rack; sound card software that provides access to the Audio CD-ROM player, MIDI player, Wave Player, Visual Arranger mixer, and a limited edition Karaoke player.

PARADISE's FM radio cards work with 486- or Pentium-based IBM-compatible PCs running Windows 3.1, Windows for Workgroups, Windows 95, and Windows NT. Minimum system requirements include a color VGA monitor, 8 MB memory, and 10 MB hard disk space. Products are scheduled to ship in August and will be available in retail channels and to OEMs.

Paradise is a line of multimedia products from Philips Electronics North America Corporation. Paradise manufactures and markets graphics accelerators, 3D game cards, motion video accelerators, and other PC related products. With an installed base in the millions, Paradise has been recognized as a leader in video graphics since the early 1980s.

Philips Electronics North America Corporation is a subsidiary of Philips Electronics NV, headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands. Additional information can be accessed at http://www.paradisemmp.com.

CONTACT: Philips Semiconductors

Emilio Robles, 408/991-2677

or

Oak Ridge Public Relations

Kathy Keenan or Diana Reichardt, 408/253-5042
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