Atari Jaguar system taps Phylon for voice/data modem chipset.


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From Electronic News, 7/11/94, Vol. 40 Issue 2022, p18, 1/6p

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FREMONT, CALIF.--Phylon Inc. said Atari Corp. will use its SingleCall voice-plus-data technology in its Jaguar 64-bit multimedia system, which IBM is manufacturing (EN, July 5, 1993).

The Jaguar Voice/Data Communicator, demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show, will support video games and audio over a single phone line. It will be available in 4Q.

Phylon's SingleCall technology, which is available as a software upgrade for its V.32terbo chipsets, is competitive with AT&T's VoiceSpan modem technology. Phylon has licensed its DSP modem and fax chipset technology to Tokyo-based Asahi Kasei Microsystems Ltd; it also has announced a cross-licensing agreement with Aox, Inc., Waltham, Mass.

"As our work with the TIA TR30.1 Working Group shows," said Bill Nicholson, Phylon's president of marketing, "Phylon is committed to the implementation of simultaneous voice-plus-data technology which will bring exciting and affordable multimedia communications capabilities to businesses and homes around the world."

Atari contracted with IBM's Charlotte, N.C., facility to manufacture the Atari Jaguar, a new 64-bit multimedia entertainment system based on a RISC processor. A 32-bit expansion port will allow future connection into cable and telephone networks, a DSP port for modem usage and connection to digital audio peripherals.

In other design-in, Information Storage Devices said at the summer Consumer Electronics Show here last week that Motorola is using ISD's ChipCorder technology in its MicroTAC Elite cellular telephone to provide a built-in answering machine capability. The ChipCorder, already used in applications as diverse as pagers and Hallmark recordable greeting cards and holiday ornaments, will store as many as 75 seconds of recorded messages directly in the phone itself.