The public release of MMX technology allows tools vendors, software developers, independent hardware vendors, and system manufacturers to collaborate and prepare products that will take advantage of the new technology.
"The proliferation of multimedia software, growth of the Internet, and new storage technologies such as DVD allow the PC to continue as a broad-based platform for home and business," said Fred Pollack, an Intel Fellow. "Pentium® processor-based systems were the springboard for innovative multimedia applications. Pentium processors with MMX technology will accelerate the rate of technology innovation."
He said today that the home computing market segment consumes most multimedia software, and within that segment, games, education and entertainment applications are prime candidates to take advantage of MMX technology. MMX technology will be integrated into the Intel Architecture beginning with a Pentium processor code named P55C, which Intel expects to have in initial production in the fourth quarter of this year. MMX technology will also be integrated into succeeding generations of Intel processors. The volume ramp for processors with MMX technology will occur in 1997. A number of software titles using MMX technology will begin appearing later this year, and wide availability is expected in 1997.
Pollack delivered the keynote speech on the opening day of IntermediaWORLD, a venue for software and hardware vendors who provide tools, materials and services used to create interactive digital content and programming. A number of software development vendors outlined plans for tools to support application development with MMX technology. Microsoft discussed plans to provide MMX technology support in its newly announced Direct3D* API, a set of API services for real-time, interactive 3-D graphics; ActiveMovie*, its next-generation video technology; and its Visual C++ compiler. Macromedia, Criterion, IBM, NuMega, and Powersoft were also among leading tool suppliers announcing support. In addition, many key application software, independent hardware, and system vendors indicated today their support for MMX technology. A list of vendors follows this release.
MMX Technology Benefits and Details
In his keynote, Pollack said MMX technology will enhance users' experience on the Internet by enabling higher quality, high-performance technologies for graphics, video and audio. "PCs that use MMX technology will help make it possible for users in the next few years to dial up friends, relatives or colleagues on the Internet with video conferencing equipment, share applications, and watch full-length movies with stereo sound all at once. While we can do this to varying degrees today on specially configured PCs, MMX technology will enable this kind of usage on standard PC platforms at today's popular system price points."
Pollack explained that processor performance improvements are typically derived by boosting clock frequencies and using microarchitecture techniques such as branch prediction, superscalar execution, and superpipelining. In addition to these traditional means, Intel added 57 powerful new instructions to its architecture to speed up certain compute-intensive loops in multimedia and communications applications. While the loops typically occupy 10 percent or less of the overall application code, they can account for up to 90 percent of the execution time.
MMX instructions process multiple data elements in parallel using a technique called Single Instruction Multiple Data (SIMD). In simulations and preliminary tests on development systems, Pollack said performance benefits have ranged from 50 to 400 percent, depending on the application.
MMX instructions will also scale with succeeding generations of Intel Architecture processors. Once developers integrate the new extensions into their applications, PCs based on multiple Intel processor generations will benefit. Programmers need only modify a small portion of their code to reap performance benefits. They simply include their own enhanced subroutines or call MMX technology-enabled drivers and library routines through existing application programming interfaces (APIs).
Because MMX technology consists of general-purpose instructions, it will enhance performance for a large body of multimedia and communications software and maintain complete compatibility with the Intel Architecture. This technology is also fully compatible with existing operating systems and application software.
Planning for MMX Technology
Developers who are interested in obtaining additional information about MMX technology, including a Programmer's Reference Manual, should consult Intel's site on the World Wide Web at URL http://www.intel.com/pc-supp/multimed/mmx/index.htm.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of personal computer, networking and communications products.
MMX(tm) Technology Tool Provider/Application Developer Statements of Support
Technology Independent Hardware Vendors
Public Relations Contacts
"By taking advantage of the MMX(tm) instructions, we're able to achieve a 4-times improvement in graphics handling that allows our action games to utilize ultra-realistic 16.7 million color modes where previously we could only use 256 colors."
"With today's best console games already being ported to the PentiumÒ processor, one can just imagine what kind of games are possible with MMX(tm) technology," said Mark Rein, Vice President of Epic MegaGames.
"Future releases of IBM's Voice Type* products will include support for Intel's Pentium(R) processors with MMX(tm)technologies. The MMX technology, combined with onboard audio capability, will provide enhanced performance without the need for special adapter cards or DSPs.
In addition, MMX technology-enabled platforms will allow developers to incorporate voice recognition
in graphically demanding applications such as games, education titles and productivity software.
Adding advanced voice recognition capabilities will enaboe users to interact with your applications easily,
naturally, and efficiently, keeping their eyes and hands free for essential tasks. "
"QSound Labs, Inc. is pleased to announce its support and commitment to Intel’s new MMX(tm) technology. QSound Labs plans to incorporate this new technology into its QMixer95 SDK which will enable developers to implement more powerful three dimensional audio processing in their applications. By developing our tools in support of MMX technology, our developer customers will be able to provide superior audio realism on PC’s with MMX technology support."
Analog Devices Inc.
“We are excited that Intel has adopted multimedia processing as a cornerstone for PC motherboard architecture. Intel’s command of microprocessor and motherboard design, in conjunction with Analog Devices’ broad base of audio, video and communications technologies insures that the dream of Digital Convergence will become a market reality,” said Ray Stata, Chairman & CEO, Analog Devices, Inc.
“MMX technology provides the perfect foundation for signal processing integration into the PC architecture. These instruction set enhancements, together with continuous time oversampling I/O and the intelligent application of hardware acceleration, will produce scaleable multi-audio solutions with standard setting cost structures and many new and useful features on the desktop,” said Dave French, Vice President and General Manager, DSP and Computer Products, Analog Devices Inc.
“MMX technology and multi-audio will make advanced multimedia and communications ubiquitous in the home and in the office,” said John Croteau, Director of Strategic Marketing, Analog Devices Inc. “New PC capabilities such as operating Digital Video Disk players as well as enhanced Internet performance and DSVD-based audio and video conferencing introduce new audio sources requiring advance I/O demand as well as the raw power of MMX technology.”
“MMX technology enables the prolific integration of audio on the PC motherboard. Users are about to encounter
low-cost multi-audio solution capable of delivering a new level of performance and value to the PC OEM as well
as to the end user,” said Jim Moore, Director of Computer Products, Analog Devices Inc.
“End-users will experience dramatic improvements in 3D graphics and video performance when using ATI products that
have been optimized for Intel’s new MMX™ technology. ATI is working closely with Intel to maximize the benefits
of the MMX technology on our 3D RAGE™ and ATI-264VT family of multimedia accelerators. Applications such as video
conferencing, 3D gaming and video capture with all benefit from Intel’s MMX technology and ATI accelerators,” said
Henry Quan, V.P. Marketing.
“Cirrus Logic believes that Intel’s MMX™ technology will create new marketing opportunities for multimedia
solutions that work in conjunction with the host processor. To that end, we see new opportunities for systems
optimized to take full advantage of the MMX technology and Cirrus Logic’s silicon solutions,” states George Alexy,
senior vice president of marketing for Cirrus Logic.
“Creative Technology eagerly anticipates Intel’s volume shipments of silicon with MMX (tm) technology.
Creative has consistently used host based media processing software to reduce the cost of Sound BlasterÔ,
3D BlasterÔ, Modem BlasterÔ, and Share VisionÔ products. We expect to deliver further feature enhancements and
cost reductions in Creative’s products by utilizing the MMX instruction set concurrent with volume silicon
availability,” said Rich Sorkin, Vice President, Strategic Business Division, Creative Technology, Ltd.
“Crystal is pleased to announce its support and commitment to Intel’s new MMX™ technology. Crystal’s plans
include the development of integrated circuits and supporting software that are optimized and complementary to
this important new technology. We are excited about the opportunity this technology provides to companies such
as Crystal to allow new price/performance options for its customers.”
“ESS Technology is pleased to announce support and commitment to develop products supporting Intel’s new MMX™
technology and ESS AudioDrive audio mixed-signal processors, end-users’ PC multimedia experience will be significantly
"Intel's new MMX technology sets a new baseline for multimedia performance that complements S3's newest generation
of 2D and 3D accelerators," said Michael Nell, vice president of corporate marketing, S3. "From this new baseline,
S3 will further extend PC multimedia capabilities through hardware acceleration of WaveTable audio, MPEG decoding
and video conferencing."
“Yamaha applauds Intel on their introduction of MMX™ technology on all future Pentium® processors.
This step demonstrates Intel’s commitment to advancing the performance of multimedia applications.
Yamaha has a long history of commitment to improving the Multimedia PC experience and we are excited about working
with Intel to develop new audio, graphics and communications hardware and software that can take advantage of the
|IBM Corp.||John Crowe||512-838-9636|
|Microsoft Corp.||Patti Pierson||503-245-0905|
|NuMega Technologies, Inc.||Bob O’Brien||603-889-2386|
|Omniview, Inc.||Sharon Pound||423-546-7661|
|PagaGraph International||John Poluektov||408-364-7740|
|Pegasus Imaging Corp.||Susan Boda||813-875-7575x316|
|Personal Library Software||Jim Meikeljohn||301-990-1155x233|
|SuperScape||Andrew de Vries||415-772-8431|
|Books That Work||Laura Grams||415-843-4441|
|Epic MegaGames||Mark Rein||905-939-8174|
|Philips Dictation||Manuela Messmer-Wullen||43(1)60101/1563|
|Analog Devices||Mike Stringer||617-246-0444|
|Cirrus Logic||Connie Duncan||510-226-2346|
|Creative Technology Ltd.||Theresa Pulido||408-428-2329|
|Crystal Semiconductor||Thomas Agler||512-912-3701|
|ESS Technologies||Bill Windsor||510-226-1088x191|
|Gateway 2000||Craig Nyreen||605-232-2465|
|Hewlett Packard||Larry Sennett||408-553-2916|
|Packard Bell||Michael Goldstein||310-785-0515|
|SNI||Mrs. Doris Schneider||49-821-804-3709|