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Five years ago: Compaq plans £1K PC based on revolutionary chip

Compaq will shortly release the first Presario system based on a revolutionary chip by Cyrix that combines CPU, sound, and graphics functions

First published 19 February, 1997

Sources said the sub-£1,000 consumer PC will use Cyrix's MediaGX processor, an integrated chip that combines a Pentium-class CPU with on-board audio and graphics to save the expense of add-in cards. Cyrix expects the device to power low-cost Net PC-type systems that undercut orthodox PCs. The Compaq machine is expected to sport a sleek black chassis.

Compaq declined to comment but said a formal announcement will be made on Thursday.