Creative brings Sound Blaster to laptops

Multimedia systems manufacturer Creative Technology has announced it will shortly offer its Sound Blaster audio products for laptop computers and handheld computing devices.

The EV1958 and EV1938 products are single-chip versions of the company's Audio PCI 64 and 128 cards, and will support DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT and Environmental Audio in games with EAX (environmental audio extensions) support, Creative said in a statement. The EV1958 and EV1938 include support for DirectSound acceleration offering improved overall performance and audio quality, according to the company. Both products also support the large store of legacy MS-DOS games with Sound Blaster 16 compatibility.

The EV1958 offers additional support for V.90, V.80, V.34+ and other modem connectivity modes as well as support for telephony with features such as speakerphone with acoustic echo cancellation, answering machine and pulse and tone dialing. Both products are currently available for sampling, Creative said.