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Sony Unveils New MMX PCs; Will Release DVD-ROM-Equipped PCs, 17-Inch Monitor

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Sony Unveils New MMX PCs; Will Release DVD-ROM-Equipped PCs, 17-Inch Monitor

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Sony Electronics has announced the release of two new home PCs: the PCV-and 100 PCV-120. Each system will utilize Intel's MMX technology and ATI's Rage 11 3-D graphics chip, both of which provide enhanced processor efficiency for multimedia applications. According to the company, Sony Pcs combine the latest computer technologies with Sony's high-performance MPEG decoding and Multiscan multimedia computer display (with its built-in stereo speakers, subwoofer, and microphone) to deliver leading-edge entertainment and information for the home.

The new Sony PCV-100 and PCV-120 models will include Intel 166- or 200-MHz Pentium processors with MMX technology, 2.5- or 3.8-GB hard drives, 33.6-Kbps DSVD modems, 16x (maximum performance) CD-ROM drives, S-Video and Composite Video out, 32-MB EDO RAM (expandable to 128 MB), and ATI Rage II 3-D graphics chips.

According to Sony, the PCV-100 and PCV-120 are backed by a state-of-the-art technical support center in Ft. Myers, Florida, that answers incoming consumer calls much faster than the industry standard. Sony also combines SystemSoft Corporation's (formerly Radish Communications Systems, Inc.) VoiceView (integrated voice and data over a single phone line) with DSVD-enabled (Digital Simultaneous Voice and Data) support. The resulting Sony Online Support (SOS) enables a user to speak directly to a technical support representative who can examine files from a customer's computer, talk to the user, and implement a real-time solution, all over an ordinary phone line.

The new Pcs also come with a Sony-specific version of CyberMedia's Oil Change, which informs users when software updates are available. This software allows users to download and install these updates automatically. In addition, Sony PC owners receive at-home service for one year, along with a limited one-year parts-and-labor warranty. Sony will continue to enhance its 3-D graphical user interface (called VAIO Space), which complements Windows 95 and allows users to quickly access video, audio, and communication capabilities, as well as provides a menu of application programs. …

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