Now, Chips That Clean Up The Multimedia Mess

MULTIMEDIA PERSONAL computers are a pain in the neck. You spend hundreds of dollars on add-in cards, and then you almost need an engineering degree to install them. Startup Chromatic Research Inc. in Mountain View, Calif., hopes to change that. On Oct. 9, it was to introduce a single chip that carries out all major multimedia functions--such as graphics acceleration, video playback, audio playback, fax, and modem.

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