National Semiconductor processor to power first-generation AOL TV set-top box

National Semiconductor processor to power first-generation AOL TV set-top box
Tom Foremski
National Semiconductor reported an important design win for its MediaGX integrated processor with America Online (AOL) choosing it for its set-top boxes.
With AOL plans to make a big push into broadband services and with more than 15 million customers, National could sell large numbers of its Intel compatible MediaGX. The set top boxes are to be made by Philips Electronics based on a design from Boca Research.
AOL said it selected MediaGX because of its low power consumption which eliminates the need for cooling fans, and its Intel compatibility that supports a wide range of Internet based applications.
National recently said it was pulling out of the PC microprocessor market with its Cyrix microprocessors and will focus on the information appliance market which includes products such as set top TV boxes.


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