Reply 48960 of 50499, by Ozzuneoj
Whelp... the wonderful decade of the 1990s continues to surprise me with the insane products that it produced.
Like this DSP Solutions... erm... "network" card:
For those that want the adventure of trying to figure out what on earth this is, I'll leave you to it. For the rest, here is what I've found:
I recognized the name "DSP Solutions" but I couldn't figure out from where. Looking for the FCC ID only turned up that it was a network card. Searching for DS103J I found a single post on another forum from 10+ years ago saying that they had managed to get sound out of it when trying to put together an old PC for gaming, and they called it a Digispeech. When I simply searched for "DSP Solutions sound card vogons" I managed to find this thread here on VOGONS about how DigiSpeech (most famous for making early external sound devices) later changed their name to DSP Solutions. On that same page there are pictures of the internals of the Digispeech Plus. The lightbulb moment came when I saw that the TI chip labeled DS301 and the GPS MVA70018CG chip in those pictures are also present on this crazy network card!
So... this is apparently an attempt to combine networking and audio communications capabilities in one single card by integrating parts of a Digispeech Plus. Interestingly, it also has a CD-ROM interface (it is labeled as CD-ROM on the back of the PCB), so it seems they really intended this to fill the role of an actual sound card. If I had to guess, I'd say this thing likely came with a headset and software for PC voice chat of some kind and was aimed at business use.
This is a really incredible find and I've never seen anything like this before. I do not have the card yet, but this is definitely going in my collection of extremely strange PC sound cards, right next to the ESS wavetable equipped dial-up modem with no audio jacks.
I found no mention of it on the oldest archived copy of the DSP Solutions website, though it may have been lumped in with other digispeech products. Sadly, the download links I tried did not work. I don't think I'll need any special drivers for this though if it functions like a normal Digispeech device.
Now for some blitting from the back buffer.