Acorn RISC Technologies (ART), a part of Acorn Computer Group, has bought Wild Vision, a UK multimedia hardware design company that develops products for the Acorn platform. Wild Vision has designed TV cards, video compression cards, cards that digitise video, and sound cards for the Acorn platform for the last six years.
The company is now to be brought inhouse to design and develop a range of new multimedia peripherals for products such as games consoles, set-top boxes, network computers and multimedia-enabled smart telephones, according to Peter Bonder, director of ART.
"With Wild Vision we hope to bring the multimedia capabilities that users get with a US$3000 PC to US$100 to US$200 consumer devices," says Bonder. "We are not ready to announce products yet but we have a number of exciting projects in hand, including World Wide Web and television convergence products for the US market and multimedia-enabled telephone hand-sets for the UK market," he says.
Financial details of the dealhave not been disclosed. Acorn RISC Technologies is based in Cambridge, England and can be contacted on the Web at http:www.art.acorn.co.uk.