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WEITEK ANNOUNCES NEW USER INTERFACE CONTROLLER FOR ISA EXPANSION BUS AND LOCAL BUS DESIGNS; W5286 OFFERS ENHANCED PERFORMANCE

WEITEK ANNOUNCES NEW USER INTERFACE CONTROLLER FOR ISA EXPANSION BUS
 AND LOCAL BUS DESIGNS; W5286 OFFERS ENHANCED PERFORMANCE
 SUNNYVALE, Calif., Sept. 21, /PRNewswire/ -- Weitek Corp. (NASDAQ: WWTK) today announced the Weitek W5286, a single-chip user interface controller that allows Windows system and adapter card manufacturers to create products capable of displaying up to 16.7 million colors, resolutions as high as 1280-by-1024, or refresh rates as fast as 72 hertz (Hz).
 Weitek also announced that it will release a version of the W5286 that incorporates an analog-to-digital converter (RAMDAC) and clock, as well as a local bus version of the chip that is compatible with both the Intel Corp. and Video Electronics Standards Association specifications. The integrated version of the W5286 will reduce to a single chip the functionality that now requires at least three separate components, said Bob Butchko, director of marketing of Weitek's User Interface Products Division.
 The W5286 enhances Windows application performance by incorporating the most important Windows Graphical Device Interface (GDI) functions in hardware BitBLT and LineDraw and is register compatible with IBM Video Graphics Array (VGA), which allows it to run all existing non-Windows software. The W5286s increased performance is achieved by incorporating additional Windows acceleration functions, such as pattern fill and color expansion. All of the chip's enhanced display modes can be achieved with either low-cost DRAM or high-performance VRAM designs.
 "The number and diversity of Windows users and applications has skyrocketed since we released the industry's first user interface controller more than a year ago," said Barry Cox, Weitek's president and chief operating officer.


"The W5286 allows our OEMs to quickly create products that cost effectively satisfy their customers' demands for the best performance possible regardless of the Windows application they are running."
 The Windows Market
 User interface 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.
 Of this market, Windows enhancement products represent one of the fastest growing segments with more than 12 million units of Microsoft Windows sold since its introduction, according to analyst reports. Today, Windows enhancement products address text and graphics, and, in the future, will be extended to include video capabilities.
 Windows Enhancement Products Market
 Business Applications
 Colors: 16
 Resolution: 1,024 by 768
 Features: Hardware BitBLT, Line Draw
 VGA hardware compatibility
 Graphic Applications
 Colors: 256 to True Color
 Resolution: 1,024 by 768
 Features: Hardware BitBLT, Line Draw
 VGA hardware compatibility
 Multimedia Applications
 Colors: True Color
 Resolution: 1,280 by 1,024
 Features: Still and full motion digital video
 Hardware BitBLT, Line Draw
 VGA hardware compatibility
 Windows users know that a graphical user interfacional time redrawing the screen, said Butchko. The W5286 addresses users' needs by cost-effectively enhancing the on-screen performance of standard office automation applications such as word processors and spreadsheets as well as presentation and graphics packages.
 The W5286
 The W5286 was designed to optimize the performance of Windows applications at 256-colors with resolutions up to 1024-by-768. It also can support 32,000 HiColor or 16.7 million True Color digital-to-analog converters.
 Housed in a 160-pin quad-flat-package, the W5286 will begin shipping in September 1992 at less than $20 in quantities of 5,000, and come standard with high-performance drivers for Windows 3.x and AutoCad, as well as optimized drivers for most of the popular DOS applications.
 The W5286 supports refresh rates up to 72 HZ at all resolutions up to 1,024-by-768, and is software- and pin- compatible with the W5186 for easy upgrade of existing product designs.
 The local bus and integrated RAMDAC versions of the W5286 will be available in the fourth quarter of 1992. Pricing has not been determined.
 OEMs that purchase 5,000 W5286 user interface controllers directly from Weitek are qualified to participate in the Weitek Power Partners program, a market development and communications program designed to assist customers in successfully selling Weitek-based products.
 Weitek Corp. makes processors and controllers that enhance the performance of standard operating systems, user interfaces and application software. Weitek processors and controllers are used to build faster, more intuitive and competitive workstations and high- performance personal computers and peripherals.
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 /CONTACT: Bob Butchko of Weitek, 408-738-8400; or Gregory Spector of Jennings & Compaany, 415-349-8400, for Weitek/
 (WWTK) CO: Weitek Corp. ST: California IN: CPR SU: PDT


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