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WEITEK EXTENDS POWER 9000 FAMILY

 SUNNYVALE, Calif. Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Weitek Corp. (NASDAQ: WWTK) today introduced enhancements to the Weitek POWER 9000 family of graphics accelerators, including new software drivers and a PCI local bus interface gate array for the industry-leading POWER 9000; the new POWER 9100, a next-generation graphics accelerator for professional desktop computer systems running Microsoft Windows and advanced 32-bit operating systems; and the Weitek Video POWER, a dedicated coprocessor for dramatically improving the performance and quality of full-motion digital video running under Microsofts Video for Windows in a POWER 9100-equipped environment.
 To be demonstrated for the first time at COMDEX Fall 93, these new offerings extend Weitek's performance leadership established last year with the highly acclaimed Weitek POWER 9000, the world's fastest graphics accelerator.
 Weitek Enhanced POWER 9000 and POWER 9001
 Performance of the Weitek POWER 9000 has been improved through a host of new software drivers, including OS/2 2.1, Windows NT, Microstation and SCO UNIX, as well as with improvements to existing software drivers that boost the performance of Windows applications and AutoCAD by as much as 50 percent.
 Weitek also introduced today its new PCI local bus interface device, the POWER 9001, which works only with the POWER 9000. The Weitek POWER 9001 is specifically designed to provide the highest- performance PCI interfacing capabilities available today. The 160- pin PQFP chip also controls the SVGA logic, BIOS, RAMDAC and clock synthesizer.
 From its first day on the market the Weitek POWER 9000 has set the performance benchmark to beat in the high-end Windows accelerator market, said Bob Butchko, Weitek's director of marketing. Our new and improved software drivers combined with broader platform support and new PCI interface device allows Weitek customers to continue to build more affordable and even higher performing system products for PC users."
 Weitek POWER 9100
 The Weitek POWER 9100 is a next-generation, fully-integrated graphics accelerator which provides a single-chip true color solution for the professional desktop. In only four megabytes of memory, the POWER 9100 can run fully-accelerated 24-bit true color at screen resolutions as high as 1280 x 1024 with WinBench 3.11 WinMarks in excess of 30 million. On a single chip, the digital video-ready POWER 9100 also integrates SVGA functionality, and VESA VL and Intel PCI local bus circuitry replacing previous discrete logic implementations.
 WEITEK'S FAMILY OF GRAPHICS ACCELERATORS
 OPERATING HARDWARE VRAM ADDITIONAL
 FREQUENCY ACCELERATION ADDRESSED FEATURES
 WEITEK
 POWER 9100 50 MHz 24-bit 4 MB digital video-
 ready on-chip
 VL, PCI, SVGA
 WEITEK
 POWER 9000 33 MHz 8-bit 2 MB improved price/
 performance
 POWER 9001
 PCI interface
 gate array
 "Today's professional desktop computers Intel 486- or Pentium-based systems running Windows, OS/2, NT or UNIX and equipped with a local bus require graphics acceleration and video enhancement that can keep pace today as well as in the future with advanced CPUs, motherboard designs, 32-bit operating systems and software applications," said Butchko. "Owing to its workstation roots, only the Weitek POWER 9100, working with the Video POWER companion chip, is delivering that kind of scalable performance."
 Weitek Video POWER
 The Weitek Video POWER device, working exclusively with the POWER 9100, improves the performance and image quality of any Video for Windows application by off-loading most video computing functions from the computers central processor. This allows digital video applications to run full screen at 30 frames per second at resolutions as high as 1280 x 1024. By comparison, digital video applications are currently limited to small (120 x 160 or 240 x 320) windows, because they suffer severe image and motion degradation when displayed in larger frame sizes.
 To maximize application compatibility the Weitek Video POWER will be supporting all of the leading compression/decompression (codec) formats including Intel Corp.'s Indeo, SuperMac Technology's Cinepack, Media Vision Inc.'s Captain Crunch and Xing Technology Corporation's implementation of the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG) codec.
 In addition, the newly adopted VESA Media Channel Bus Interface standard is an integrated feature of Video POWER.
 Digital Video Enhancement with Video POWER
 With the POWER 9100 and Video POWER, end-users will find all Video for Windows applications far more usable with full screen, full motion video at TV quality on their desktops, noted Butchko.
 Price and Availability
 The Weitek POWER 9000's price/performance ratio is significantly better today than at its introduction. The POWER 9000 is now priced at $45 in production quantities, down from $65, while delivering a 50 percent improvement in performance. The Weitek POWER 9001 is also available immediately and is priced at $18 in production quantities.
 The Weitek POWER 9100 and Weitek Video POWER will be sampling in the fall of 1993 and shipping in the first quarter of 1994 in limited quantities to qualified original equipment manufacturers designing true color, digital video-ready computer systems. The POWER 9100 and Video POWER will be priced at $85 and $30, respectively, in production quantities.
 The Company
 Weitek Corporation makes processors that enhance the performance of standard operating systems, user interfaces and application software. Weitek processors are used to build faster, more intuitive and competitive workstations and high-performance personal computers and peripherals.
 NOTE: All products are registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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 CONTACT: Bob Butchko of Weitek, 408-738-8400; or LeeAnne French of Jennings & Co., 415-974-6200, for Weitek/
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