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VIDTECH MICROSYSTEMS INTRODUCES WINMAX ADAPTER CARD FOR WINDOWS BUSINESS APPLICATIONS; INCREASES SPEED TO 7 TIMES

 VIDTECH MICROSYSTEMS INTRODUCES WINMAX ADAPTER CARD FOR
 WINDOWS BUSINESS APPLICATIONS; INCREASES SPEED TO 7 TIMES
 MINNEAPOLIS, June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- VidTech Microsystems, a division of NEI Electronics, today announced WinMax, a Windows adapter card that enhances the on-screen performance of business applications up to seven times. WinMax, based on Weitek Corp.'s W5186 User Interface Controller, is available immediately direct from VidTech for suggested retail prices of $199 and $299, depending on configuration.
 WinMax is designed to increase the on-screen performance of Windows business applications such as word processing and spreadsheets, as well as other Windows applications. Specifically, WinMax makes unfolding menus, repositioning windows and scrolling through pages five to seven times faster than dumb frame-buffer Super VGA controllers. This increased performance is achieved through the W5186 which incorporates Bit Block Transfer (BitBLT) and LineDraw functions in hardware to off-load the CPU.
 "Windows has changed the office market, and WinMax will change how people use Windows," said Loren Peck, VidTech product marketing manager. "Today, end users either pay a premium for acceptable on- screen performance, or they end up waiting for their machines to do basic Windows functions using an SVGA card.
 "SVGA, which has been the entry-level standard, does not have acceptable Windows performance, while graphics coprocessors cost too much," Peck added. "WinMax is manufactured to match SVGA's price point and provide five to seven times the performance, which is the productivity business application users demand."
 WinMax is an AT-bus card for IBM PCs and compatibles that supports up to 1024-by-768 resolutions with a full array of 16,256 and 32,768 colors to display quality images, and refresh rates up to 72 Hz. The card also supports interlaced and non-interlaced mode for all analog VGA, Super VGA and Multi-frequency monitors and provides IBM registers for backward compatibility.
 VidTech's state-of-the-art manufacturing facility uses true surface mount technology to provide quality products backed with a five year warranty. The Market
 Windows enhancement products enable and improve the speed of industry-standard user interfaces, applications and operating system software. This market has segmented based on applications, features and price.
 Until recently, the entry-level graphics market leader in the PC industry has been Tseng Lab's ET4000-based products. PC Labs Benchmarks show that WinMax is five to 20 times faster than Tseng, and benchmarks using "real-world" application tests show WinMax is up to seven times faster.
 "The success of Windows has created demand for higher color support and increased performance at the application level to improve user productivity," said Peck. "With S3-like performance at ET4000- based board pricing, WinMax provides features and functionality that will make it today's new entry-level product for the PC platform." Pricing and Availability
 WinMax is half-slot, 16-bit card that fits into an ISA bus. The WinMax card has a base configuration of 512K VRAM priced at $199 with a full complement of upgrades, such as 1 MB of VRAM with Hi-Color RAMDAC priced at $299.
 WinMax ships with Windows 3.1 and 3.0 and AutoCad drivers, as well as drivers for most of the popular DOS applications. The card has a five year manufacturer's warranty and free technical support.
 It is available immediately direct from VidTech through a toll- free number, 800-752-8033. Dealer, distributor and OEM pricing are available from VidTech.
 VidTech Microsystems manufactures high-performance, cost-effective subsystems for the personal computer and peripheral systems market. VidTech Microsystems is committed to supplying a wide range of leading-edge products.
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 /CONTACT: Loren Peck or Scott Pless of VidTech Microsystems, 612-780-8033/ CO: VidTech Microsystems; Weitek ST: Minnesota IN: CPR SU: PDT


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