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S3 Revolutionizes PC Graphics With Industry's First "Desktop-Equivalent" Mobile 3D Accelerator.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 7, 1999--

.18 Micron Mobile Savage Delivers 3X the 3D Performance of

Nearest Competitor and 16MB Memory Support

Bringing true "desktop-equivalent" graphics capabilities to notebook PCs for the first time, S3(R) Incorporated (NASDAQ: SIII) today announced the Savage/MX(TM) and Savage/IX(TM) 3D mobile accelerators.

With industry-first 16MB integrated memory support, .18 micron design, blazing 3D speed and stunning S3TC image quality, S3's mobile Savage radically defies the existing notion that PC users must sacrifice graphics performance for mobility.

"Redesigning the Savage architecture to work within a mobile environment, without sacrificing performance, is a major milestone in S3's effort to drive the PC graphics industry in new directions," said Dr. Andrew Wolfe, chief technology officer for S3 Incorporated. "We expect the mobile Savage family to not only move S3 forward, but to move PC computing forward as well -- delivering no-compromise graphics and no-compromise mobility for the first time ever."

"Our research indicates there is a rapid expansion in the deployment of 3D controllers in portable computers," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates (Tiburon, CA) the leading market research firm tracking digital media.. In Q1'98, we saw 3D represent over 20 percent of the market, and 3D graphics performance on today's notebooks is far from adequate. S3's mobile Savage will dramatically change that by leapfrogging many of the existing notebook graphics technology."

No-Compromise Graphics

S3's mobile Savage delivers "no-compromise" graphics with 3X faster 3D performance and stunning image quality, 16MB memory support, complete multi-monitor technology, lightning-fast 2D acceleration and hardware accelerated DVD playback.

3X Faster 3D Performance and Stunning Image Quality

Based on S3's highly acclaimed Savage desktop architecture, mobile Savage delivers industry-first 3D graphics technology including:

-- 32-Bit True Color Rendering - Mobile Savage's 32-bit color

technology expands on yesterday's 16-bit color technology to

deliver richer more vibrant color without color-banding or

dithering artifacts.

-- High 3D Fill Rate - With its single-cycle trilinear 3D

architecture, mobile Savage delivers a pedal-to-the-metal 100

million trilinear-filtered pixels per second 3D fill rate,

translating to 60 frames per second (fps) performance in most 3D

applications including Quake II.

-- S3 Texture Compression (S3TC) - Delivering a 6X increase in image

quality and adopted for use in many of this year's hottest 3D

titles, such as Unreal Tournament, Quake III and others, S3TC is

a "must-have" 3D graphics technology in 1999.

-- Triangle Set-Up Engine - Integrating a 5 million triangle per

second set-up engine to off-load data intensive calculations from

the host CPU, mobile Savage enables the usage of more detailed 3D

objects and environments, without taxing available system

resources.

-- Complete AGP 2X - Building on S3's desktop AGP technology, mobile

Savage provides a complete AGP 2X implementation with sidebands

to deliver higher 3D scene complexity at higher frame rates.

Based on this industry-first 3D technology, S3's mobile Savage crushes the competition with performance marks that are 3X as high as its nearest "would-be" competitor. For a benchmarking analysis of mobile Savage's dominance of the 3D-notebook graphics market, go to: www.S3.com/mobilesavage/compete.htm.

16MB Memory Support

While today's notebook graphics solutions only support up to 4MB or, in one case, 8MB configurations, S3's mobile Savage delivers industry-first 16MB memory support in both discrete and integrated packages. A leap forward in notebook graphics technology, 16MB support allows end-users to gain higher resolution, true color support (up to 1600x1200x32bpp), higher Multi-Monitor mode support (up to 1600x1200x16bpp) and better 3D performance.

Complete Multi-Monitor Technology

Based on S3's DuoView+(TM) technology, mobile Savage allows for the independent display of different images simultaneously on multiple monitors, providing users with enhanced presentation capabilities and increasing productivity. In addition, the DuoView+ technology provides greater display flexibility, supporting the simultaneous usage of up to 5 displays (LCD+LCD+CRT+TV+TV). A 3rd generation design, mobile Savage's DuoView+ technology is compatible with standardized multi-monitor support in Microsoft's latest Windows operating systems.

Hardware Accelerated DVD Playback

Building on S3's proven video strength, mobile Savage is an optimal hardware accelerated DVD solution with a 2nd generation motion compensation engine for lower CPU utilization, subpicture alpha blending and highlights for consumer-level DVD functionality and integrated Macrovision Copy Protection as required for DVD playback on a TV. In addition to this rich feature set, S3 has worked closely with numerous software DVD partners such as Mediamatics, Quadrant International, Xing, Cyberlink and Zoran -- as well as being a Microsoft Hardware Video Acceleration development partner -- to ensure industry-wide compatibility and optimized support for mobile Savage's DVD solution.

No Compromise Mobility

Tailoring its competition-crushing graphics performance to excel in a mobile environment, S3's mobile Savage delivers ultimate design flexibility, low power and a highly integrated architecture.

Ultimate Design Flexibility

Offering both the Savage/MX discrete memory design as well as the Savage/IX Multi Chip Module (MCM)-based integrated memory design, mobile Savage is an optimal graphics solution for any notebook form factor. Additionally, based on the software and hardware compatibility of the Savage/MX and Savage/IX designs, mobile Savage provides notebook manufacturers with a quick and easy upgrade path for both discrete and integrated designs.

"Mobile Savage is taking the PC notebook industry by storm," said Rick Bergman, vice president and general manager, Mobile Products Group, S3 Incorporated. "Whether it's a Desktop Replacement design or a Thin & Light design, customer demand for mobile Savage is high with numerous top-tier PC manufacturers already redesigning their NeoMagic or ATI-based notebook layouts to use either S3's Savage/MX or Savage/IX accelerators."

Low Power

Based on the graphics industry's first .18 micron design as well as optimal power management technology, S3's mobile Savage runs at 1.8 core voltage and dissipates less than 1.5 watts in full 3D operation. A testament to S3's engineering strengths, mobile Savage's desktop-equivalent performance is delivered well within notebook power constraints.

Highly Integrated Architecture

Beyond requiring low power, notebook designs also demand space-conscious solutions. Easily meeting this challenge, S3's mobile Savage is a highly integrated architecture, combining all the elements of a typical desktop graphics add-in board into a single-chip mobile package. By integrating the memory, TV-out, hardware DVD with copy protection and LVDS technology, the mobile Savage design saves power, space and cost, while also greatly reducing Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI).

Pricing and Availability

Sampling since January, Savage/MX and Savage/IX are scheduled to be in mass production by the end of June and mobile Savage-based notebooks are expected to be on retail shelves beginning in September. Savage/MX is priced at $42 (USD), while Savage/IX is priced at $49 (USD) for a 4MB version, $56 (USD) for an 8MB version and $68 (USD) for a 16MB version in quantities of 1,000 units.

For more detailed information regarding S3's Savage/MX and Savage/IX technology, including product photos, screen shots, white papers, data sheets, and a competitive analysis, go to S3's website at www.S3.com and click on the mobile Savage logo on the front page.

About S3 Incorporated

With the world's largest installed base of graphics and video accelerators, S3 Incorporated has established itself as a market leader in technology excellence, core business strengths, strategic partnerships and worldwide reach. Building on these strengths, S3 is committed to delivering targeted products for the Personal Computer, Computing Integration and Consumer Appliance Markets

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release, such as statements relating to the expected availability of mobile Savage, mobile Savage's competitive advantages, and the availability of products incorporating mobile Savage, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risk and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including the impact of competitive products and pricing and of alternative technological advances, design, competitive product and other factors that may affect S3's current and potential customers' decisions to use mobile Savage, the ability of S3's foundries to manufacture mobile Savage products in a timely manner in high volumes and with acceptable yields, customers' product marketing timelines, market acceptance of S3's and its customers' new products, and other risks detailed from time to time in S3's SEC reports, including its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended March 31, 1999. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. S3 disclaims any intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements. S3 is a registered trademark of S3 Incorporated. The S3 corporate logo, DuoView+, Savage, Savage/MX and Savage/IX are trademarks of S3 Incorporated. Other marks referenced herein are the property of their respective owners.
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