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Gateway 2000 Selects PowerVR 3D Graphics Accelerator for Destination Big Screen PC/TV

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- NEC Electronics Inc. and VideoLogic(R) today announced that Gateway 2000(R) Inc. will feature the PowerVR(TM) high-performance 3D graphics accelerator in its D6-300 Destination(TM) Big Screen PC/TV and D6-266 system. Pre-installed into the unit will be VideoLogic Multimedia System's award-winning Apocalypse(TM) 3Dx add-in card using the NEC PowerVR PCX2(TM) graphics accelerator.

The Gateway Destination Big Screen PC/TV offers consumers the power and functionality of a personal computer, with the impact of a big-screen TV. Applications for the digital media computer include collaborative computing, presentations, group training and immersive, interactive entertainment capable of delivering the arcade experience at home.

The 266 MHz Pentium(R) Destination system, now enabled with PowerVR, delivers rich, vivid 3D graphics on the 31" viewable big screen monitor. The system includes three games, Gremlin Interactive's 'Actua(R) Soccer,' Kalisto Entertainment's 'Ultimate Race(TM)' and Sega's 'CYBER TROOPERS VIRTUAL ON(TM) for PowerVR' that are optimized for PowerVR-based systems. PowerVR technology delivers up to 60 frames per second and high resolutions, including 800 x 600 and 1024 x 768 pixels for realistic game play.

"The PowerVR and Gateway teams are aligned in our vision of bringing to consumers the ultimate PC, gaming and entertainment experience," said Charles Bellfield, product marketing manager, multimedia strategic business unit, NEC Electronics. "The Gateway Destination Big Screen PC/TV takes full advantage of PowerVR's intense, realistic graphics capabilities, creating a home theater for gamers."

"The high performance of PowerVR offers a whole new level of PC entertainment gaming that we are delighted to offer our customers," said Bill Graber, Destination marketing manager, Gateway 2000. "The Destination delivers an unparalleled home entertainment experience. With PowerVR, in combination with DVD, the huge 31" monitor and support for digital Dolby(R) Surround Sound, you are totally immersed in fast-action interactive digital entertainment."

PowerVR with PCX2

PowerVR, from NEC Corporation and VideoLogic, is an advanced 3D graphics accelerator for personal computers, consoles and arcade systems. The new PCX2 enhancements to PowerVR provide users with outstanding performance, offering a sustained fill rate of 40 million pixels per second on an Intel Pentium(R) Pro 200 MHz PC, some 25% better than its closest competitor. PowerVR lessens the load on the PC's processor, so more cycles can be dedicated to the geometry processing critical for 3D graphics.

PowerVR offers PC users outstanding 3D effects. These include real shadows cast from any object over any surface, true exponential fogging, solid outdoor objects, long distance scenes (thanks to PowerVR's 32-bit Z-buffer function), smooth shading and translucent effects like dirty glass, fire and water. Images appear smoothly on a PowerVR-equipped system, with bilinear filtering, which eliminates blocky pixels.

PowerVR provides lifelike 3D graphics on computer monitors with 640 x 480, 800 x 600 or 1024 x 768 pixels of resolution, and lets users achieve the "true color" effects of 24-bit color on a standard 16-bit color PC through the use of dithering.

More than 100 titles from the world's leading game developers have been developed for or ported to the PowerVR architecture, including industry sales leaders such as 'Wipeout(TM)', 'Tomb Raider(TM)', 'MDK(TM)' and 'MechWarrior(R) 2'.

Purchasing PowerVR

The PowerVR 3D graphics accelerator is available in the U.S. through PowerVR-enhanced systems, including Compaq(R) Presario(TM) 8000, Gateway 2000 Destination Big Screen PC/TV and Electronics Boutique add-in cards from companies such as VideoLogic Multimedia Systems and Matrox Graphics Inc. The Destination system is available from Gateway 2000 by calling (800) 846-4875 or visiting www.destination.com.

About VideoLogic

VideoLogic, founded in 1985, is a leading international supplier of PC multimedia products. The company develops highly integrated advanced multimedia semiconductors, software and multimedia PC add-in cards, with distribution in more than 50 countries through OEMs, value-added resellers, retail channels and directly from VideoLogic offices. The company has its corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, its US headquarters in San Bruno, California, and offices in Frankfurt, Germany. VideoLogic has development agreements with Compaq and NEC, and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange (FOOTSY:VDL).

About Gateway

Gateway (NYSE: GTW), a Fortune 500 company founded in 1985, is a leading global direct marketer of PC products. The company, headquartered in North Sioux City, South Dakota, has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Ireland and Malaysia and employs over 10,000 people worldwide. Gateway products and services consistently win top awards from leading industry publications. In 1996, the company shipped 1.9 million systems and reported revenues of $5 billion. Revenue for the first half of 1997 was $2.8 billion with net income of $124 million. For further information, visit Gateway at http://www.gateway.com.

About NEC Electronics Inc.

NEC Electronics Inc., headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., designs, manufactures and markets an extensive line of electronic products including ASICs, microprocessors and microcontrollers, 3D graphics accelerators, digital signal processors (DSPs), memories and components including flat panel displays. In 1996, the company ranked fourth in semiconductor sales in the U.S. The company operates a 709,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Roseville, Calif. NEC Electronics is an affiliate of NEC Corporation (NIPNY), a $41 billion international manufacturer of computer, communications and semiconductor products. For more information about products offered by NEC Electronics Inc., please visit the NEC U.S. website at http://www.nec.com.

NOTE: PowerVR, Apocalypse and VideoLogic are trademarks or registered trademarks of VideoLogic Ltd. NEC and PCX2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of NEC Corp. Gateway 2000 and Destination are trademarks or registered trademarks of Gateway 2000 Inc. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corp. Actua is a registered trademark of Gremlin Interactive Limited. CYBER TROOPERS VIRTUAL ON is a trademark of Sega Enterprises, Ltd. All other trademarks and registered trademarks belong to their respective companies.

SOURCE NEC Electronics Inc.
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/CONTACT: Jim Lucas of NEC Electronics Inc., 408-588-6620, jim_lucas@el.nec.com; or Dawn Cotterell, For NEC Electronics Inc., of Cohn & Wolfe, 310-226-3040, dawn_cotterell@cohnwolfe.com; or Patrick Jubb of VideoLogic, +44 (0) 1923 260511, patrick@videologic.com; or Literature Hotline: NEC Electronics Inc., 800-366-9782 phone; or Online information: http://www.powervr.com/

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