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3Dlabs Introduces Breakthrough Technology for Graphics Workstations with Wildcat III.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--February 4, 2002

Strengthens 3Dlabs dominance of professional market with

244 percent faster performance over nearest competitor,

largest-ever onboard memory, and 20-fold increase in

gradient fill rate

3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd. (Nasdaq:TDDD), the Workstation Graphics Authority, today introduced the Wildcat III 6210 and Wildcat III 6110 graphics accelerators based on 3Dlabs' third-generation Wildcat(TM) III technology. The new Wildcat III family of products raises the standard for performance, features and quality in professional 3D graphics, and further strengthens 3Dlabs' dominance as the performance pacesetter for professional graphics workstations.

Wildcat III technology continues to exploit the Wildcat ParaScale(TM) architecture by melding the geometry and raster engines into a single, high-performance, high-bandwidth, integrated chip. This boosts geometry performance by up to 65 percent, while doubling polygon performance and on-board memory bandwidth over current Wildcat products. The result is an astounding 416 MB of on-board memory capacity -- the largest ever available for an AGP add-in board -- and up to 244 percent faster performance over the nearest competitor.

"The scalable architecture of Wildcat technology has enabled 3Dlabs to build the most robust, memory-rich, high-performance graphics accelerators ever to reach the market -- the Wildcat III 6210 and Wildcat III 6110," said Jerry Peterson, executive vice president and general manager for the Wildcat OEM division. "Wildcat III graphics accelerators far surpass current standards of memory capacity, speed, and professional features, while offering uncompromising quality that demonstrates our continued commitment to graphics professionals working in MCAD, DCC and Visualization."

The Wildcat III 6210 and Wildcat III 6110 are available immediately from leading vendors of high-performance workstations for Microsoft Windows(R) 2000 and Windows XP. (Windows NT will be supported in future driver releases.) To support these latest workstations, 3Dlabs works directly with processor vendors to ensure highly optimized performance with the latest processors, such as the Intel Pentium(R) 4 processor at 2.2 GHz and the AMD Athlon(TM) XP processor 2000+.

"The processing power of the new Intel Pentium 4 processor at 2.2 GHz combined with the advanced features, quality and speed of the Wildcat III graphics technology will deliver significantly improved performance to professional graphics applications," said Jason Ziller, of Intel's Corporate Technology Marketing group.

"AMD has worked closely with 3Dlabs during the product development cycle to optimize the Wildcat III for AMD Athlon(TM) processor-based platforms," said Rich Heye, vice president of Platform Engineering & Infrastructure for AMD's Computation Products Group. "Wildcat customers using AMD Athlon processor-based platforms can expect the utmost in performance and compatibility that is traditionally offered in 3Dlabs graphics accelerators."

Engineered for Professional Applications

3Dlabs puts all products through stringent application certifications, ensuring seamless compatibility and optimal performance between card, driver and application. This enables software applications to take full advantage of Wildcat III improvements such as a twenty-fold performance increase in gradient fills -- important for improving performance with CAD applications such as Dassault Systemes CATIA, PTC ProEngineer(R), and EDS(R) Solid Edge. In addition, increased line antialiasing performance delivers faster, high quality wireframe rendering for CAD as well as DCC applications such as Discreet(TM) 3ds max(TM), Alias/Wavefront(TM) Maya(TM), and SOFTIMAGE(R)/XSI(TM).

Best in Benchmarks

Wildcat III excels in raw performance as measured by industry benchmarks. In SPECapc(R) benchmarks, Wildcat III scored 138 percent faster on Unigraphics V17 and 244% faster on Solid Edge V10 in graphics performance. In overall OpenGL performance, the Wildcat III once again trounced the competition with outstanding SPECviewperf(R) scores:


 SPECviewperf 6.1.2 Results
 (2 GHz Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 systems)


 3Dlabs nVidia ATI Wildcat III is Faster
 Wildcat Quadro2 Fire Than the Nearest
 III(a) Pro GL4 Competitor by:

ProCDRS-03 83.99 37.78 53.23 58% Faster
MedMCAD-01 69.55 35.12 44.95 55% Faster
Light-04 13.75 11.65 10.80 18% Faster
DX-06 60.58 42.32 43.81 43% Faster
DRV-07 43.62 21.09 31.24 40% Faster
AWadvs-04 249.60 133.39 132.42 87% Faster

(a) Wildcat III scores generated from in-house testing. Other scores
 obtained from http://www.spec.org/gpc


Wildcat Quality: an Industry Standard

In addition to the phenomenal performance increases and professional feature enhancements in the Wildcat III family, Wildcat continues to be the quality standard in professional 3D graphics. Designed to deliver the highest image quality available, Wildcat products feature 10-bit sub-pixel accuracy, and unmatched geometry precision and texture coordinate precision. These features continue to drastically differentiate Wildcat III products from the competition. (For a recent white paper on Wildcat quality, visit http://www.3dlabs.com/product/technology/wildcat_quality.htm).

New, Enhanced, and Standard Features

The Wildcat III family delivers new and enhanced features that underscore 3Dlabs' dedication to the 3D graphics professional, including:
-- New! Support for new OpenGL(R) 1.3 and OpenML(TM) 1.0 specifications.

-- New! Support for DirectX(R)7.0.

-- New! Support for multitexturing, bump-mapping and cube-mapping.

-- Enhanced! Up to 32 lights in hardware (versus 24 in previous-generation
products).

-- Standard! Dual DVI support doubles visual real estate.

-- Standard! Multiview and genlock support for synchronizing to an external
source or specify a minimum frame rate.

-- Standard! SuperScene(TM) antialiasing and 3D volumetric texturing.


About the Wildcat III 6210 and Wildcat III 6110

The Wildcat III family debuts with two models: the ultra high-end Wildcat III 6210 and the high-end Wildcat III 6110. The Wildcat III 6210 offers a total of 416 MB of on-board memory -- the first-ever AGP add-in board to offer this capacity. The Wildcat III 6110 offers an impressive 208 MB total on-board memory -- twice the memory of currently available Wildcat II products.



 Wildcat III 6110 Wildcat III 6210

Frame Buffer 64 MB 128 MB
Texture Memory 128 MB 256 MB
DirectBurst(TM)Memory 16 MB 32 MB
Frame Lock/Genlock n/a Standard


About 3Dlabs

3Dlabs is the workstation graphics authority, supplying graphics accelerator solutions for professionals in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation markets. 3Dlabs shipped more 3D workstation-class graphics controllers in 2000 than any other company. Its award-winning Oxygen and Wildcat graphics are available in the industry's top OEM workstations, to the channel through an international distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs' online store. For more information on 3Dlabs, visit www.3dlabs.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Various matters set forth in this press release, such as statements relating to the expected performance of Wildcat III technology and its possible impact on 3Dlabs competitive position in the graphics marketplace, are forward looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties including without limitation: software or hardware incompatibilities; international political events; 3Dlabs' ability to manufacture, produce and deliver Wildcat graphics accelerators and drivers in a timely, cost-effective and commercially-viable manner; the ability of 3Dlabs' manufacturing partners to produce Wildcat products in the quantities and quality required; the impact and pricing of competitive products; the introduction of alternative technological advances; and other risks detailed from time-to-time in 3Dlabs' SEC reports.

Notes to Editors:

3Dlabs Wildcat, SuperScene and DirectBurst are trademarks or registered trademarks of 3Dlabs Ltd., 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd., or 3Dlabs Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

For more extensive Wildcat III documentation including whitepapers, demos, photos and more, contact Kim Stowe at kims@3dlabs.com.
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