January 03, 2005 00:30 ET

FIC Vassili Personal Media Player Showcases Capabilities of AMD Alchemy Au1200 Processor




JANUARY 3, 2005 - 00:30 ET

FIC Vassili Personal Media Player Showcases
Capabilities of AMD Alchemy Au1200 Processor

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Jan 3, 2005) -

Au1200™ Processor Reference Design Offers DVD-Quality Picture,
CD-Quality Sound and Direct DVR-to-PMP Content Transfers

AMD (NYSE:AMD), First International Computer, Inc. (FIC) and Implicit
Networks today announced the availability of the Vassili personal media
player (PMP), a market-ready PMP reference design that utilizes the
multimedia capabilities of the AMD Alchemy™ Au1200™ processor.
Available to PMP Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), the FIC Vassili
provides a new generation of portable multimedia conveniences and
features, including a scalable DVD-quality display, effortless video
content transfers directly from digital video recorders, and
long-lasting battery life so consumers can stay mobile longer.

As part of the launch of the Au1200 processor, AMD worked closely with
FIC and Implicit Networks to develop the FIC Vassili PMP reference
design. In addition to the industry-leading, DVD-quality image on a 3.6
inch color display, the Vassili offers 20GB internal storage and is
compatible with PC and Macintosh computers. Vassili delivers four hours
of video playback or 12 hours of music playback in part because of the
Au1200 processor's extremely low-power consumption (less than 400mW at
400MHz typical performance).

The FIC Vassili runs the award-winning Implicit Media Player, providing
consumers the ability to personalize, manage and browse content on the
go. The Implicit Media Player is a complete multimedia solution,
including PVR-2-Go, personalized and premium content, photo sharing
capabilities and UPnP compatibility. The intuitive user interface offers
full metadata based browsing, rich annotation support, trick modes and
support for low- and high-resolutions displays.

"The FIC Vassili reference design delivers what our OEM customers have
been asking for -- simplified content transfers, clear display and
long-playing time," said K.H. Su, PM Manager, FIC. "Working with AMD to
tap the performance of the Au1200 processor helped us create a personal
media player that delivers exceptional features, and ensures that when
consumers are on the go, they can quickly download and take fresh
entertainment with them."

The Au1200 processor within the Vassili enables it to connect directly
to digital video recorders (DVR) and transfer video content without the
need to transcode the file through a personal computer, thus greatly
reducing the time it takes to download and play fresh video
entertainment on a PMP. The Vassili is designed to support
industry-standard media formats, including MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV9, H.263 and
DivX. Broad platform and USB2.0 support helps ensure that users can
quickly download and store hours of fresh multimedia content.

"The combination of the AMD Au1200 processor and Implicit Media Player
provides consumers with an intuitive graphical user interface that
accesses personalized content on the go," said Edward Balassanian,
president and CEO, Implicit Networks. "Personal media players powered by
the Au1200 processor and running the Implicit Media Player can connect
directly to DVR set-top boxes quickly and efficiently. In addition,
Internet and premium content can be accessed and downloaded to the PMP
via Implicit's Media Server software running on a PC or a Mac."

"AMD worked closely with FIC and Implicit Networks to help ensure the
Au1200 processor-powered Vassili reference design delivers DVD-quality
video, CD-quality audio and long battery life to meet the needs of PMP
manufacturers and the consumers they serve," said Iain Morris, senior
vice president, AMD Personal Connectivity Solutions Group. "The Au1200
processor enables a compelling user experience and helps simplify the
transfer of multimedia content so consumers can enjoy fresh video
entertainment while on the go."

The rechargeable Vassili, with expandable functions including TV-out and
a docking station supporting s-video, Ethernet and on-board speakers, is
priced at $499 (US) and will be available to PMP original equipment
manufacturers. The latest information about FIC products and services
can be found at

About AMD's Personal Connectivity Solutions Group (PCSG)

AMD's PCSG delivers high-performance, low-power embedded solutions that
are designed to address customer needs in the non-PC Internet Appliance
market. PCSG offers technologies from the AMD Alchemy™ Solutions and
the AMD Geode™ Solutions product families covering a wide range of
applications. Target markets for PCSG include multimedia, access &
computing devices, and growth opportunities in consumer electronics and
communication segments.

About AMD

AMD (NYSE:AMD) designs and produces innovative microprocessors, Flash
memory devices and low-power processor solutions for the computer,
communications and consumer electronics industries. AMD is dedicated to
delivering standards-based, customer-focused solutions for technology
users, ranging from enterprises and governments to individual consumers.
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Contact Information

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