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3Dlabs Oxygen GVX1 Workstation Graphics Accelerator Breaks Price, Performance, and Technology Barriers.

First Graphics Sub-System Shipping to Bring the Power of Geometry-Acceleration

Below $1,000; Only Accelerator Available Today Featuring Virtual Textures, Volumetric Rendering and Powerthreads SSE Drivers with Dynamic Load Balancing

SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ -- 3Dlabs(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: TDDDF) today announced the Oxygen(TM) GVX1, the latest in the family of high-performance, award-winning Oxygen workstation graphics accelerators. Oxygen GVX1 is the industry's first workstation graphics board to bring the power of total hardware geometry acceleration to under $1,000, by integrating the 3Dlabs' GLINT R3 workstation rasterizer and the 3Gflop GLINT Gamma G1 geometry processor on a single card.

Oxygen GVX1 is the mid-range member of the most comprehensive range of professional workstation boards currently available, complementing the high-end Oxygen GMX with a massive 96MB of on-board graphics memory, and the entry-level Oxygen VX1 that delivers industrial-strength graphics at the price of games-only boards, both shipping in volume today.

Oxygen GVX1 ships with 3Dlabs' new-generation PowerThreads SSE OpenGL drivers that are fully optimized for Pentium III and dynamically balance the geometry and lighting load between the GLINT Gamma hardware geometry processor and one or more host CPUs. The GLINT Gamma G1 processor delivers up to three times the geometry and lighting performance of a 500MHz Pentium III processor, the PowerThreads SSE drivers enable the power of geometry hardware plus the additional power of Pentium III's SSE-instructions for full performance scalability with faster host CPU's.

Oxygen GVX1 supports 3Dlabs' unique Virtual Textures technology, which enables up to 256MB of main system memory to be used as a full-performance unified texture store. Oxygen GVX1 also fully-accelerates volumetric rendering for advanced applications such as medical visualization.

Priced at $999 MSRP, the AGP version of Oxygen GVX1 will ship in volume during May; a PCI version with Alpha processor support is expected to be available in the third quarter of 1999. Oxygen GVX1 is bundled with Sonnetech's Colorific color correction software and Soft Engine 4 from Vibrant Graphics, Inc., a software package with a total value of $350.


"Our research indicates the geometry-based workstation AIB market will exceed 550,000 units in 2004 and have a market value in excess of $450M. The Oxygen GVX1 is the first mid-range workstation AIB with hardware geometry acceleration to the break the $1,000 barrier," said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates (Tiburon, CA) the leading market research firm tracking digital media. "By our figures, we see 3Dlabs' scaleable Jetstream architecture gaining market share as 3Dlabs starts shipping a complete range of workstation boards into the market."

"The new Oxygen GVX1 provides compelling 3D acceleration for the highly- interactive, complex modeling requirements of Softimage users," said Patrick de Grasse, program manager, hardware environment, of SOFTIMAGE -- an AVID company. "Oxygen GVX1 is a high-performance, cost-effective solution for serious 3D animators."

"With the Oxygen GVX1 joining the Oxygen ACX, Oxygen VX1, and Oxygen GMX, 3Dlabs is now offering a compelling range of workstation graphics solutions to complete our transition to a vertically integrated workstation board vendor," said Neil Trevett, vice president of marketing at 3Dlabs. "The aggressive price point of Oxygen GVX1 shows that 3Dlabs is not just talking about geometry acceleration, but delivering it today to an ever-wider range of users."

About Oxygen GVX1

The Virtual Texture memory address unit built into the GLINT R3 processor enables the use of up to 256MB of main system memory as a large virtual texture store. Virtual Textures shatter the limit of on-board graphics memory and work transparently with any application. Oxygen GVX1 uses the 32MB of physical on-board memory to store the framebuffer and Z buffer and then allocates the remainder as a large, hardware maintained, highly efficient L2 virtual texture cache. This unique scheme provides the advantages of unified texture memory, but is implemented in a standard AGP or PCI system.

Oxygen GVX1 delivers a dual bilinear mip-map textured fill-rate of 230Mtexels/sec and 115 million texture-mapped pixels per second with full per-pixel tri-linear mip-mapping or 8-way filtered 3D volumetric texturing. Oxygen GVX1's highly optimized pipeline displays 4.75 million fully transformed and lit polygons per second.

The Oxygen GVX1 board directly connects to Digital Flat Panel displays via an MDR-20 connector for outstanding display quality with panel resolutions up to 1280x1024. Oxygen GVX1 also supports quad-buffed stereo up to 1280x1024 true color resolutions via an industry standard 3-pin DIN connector.

GLINT R3's 300MHz integrated RAMDAC enables superb displays up to 2048x1536 resolution. The combination of a full 32MB of on-board memory and Virtual Textures enable 3 million pixel displays to be processed and displayed with 32 bit color, 32 bit textures, and full 32 bit Z buffer. GLINT R3 also delivers the industry's most sophisticated pixel processing capability including 100% of the OpenGL 1.2 pipeline, accelerated volumetric rendering, bump-mapping with per-pixel lighting, dual bilinear mip-mapping, and triple texture blending in a single cycle.

In the third quarter of 1999, 3Dlabs expects to ship drivers to allow multiple PCI and AGP Oxygen GVX1 boards to drive up to 8 displays with full multi-screen functionality. Before the end of the year it is expected that this multi-head capability will be extended to allow mix and matching of Oxygen GVX1 and Oxygen VX1 boards enabling flexible and cost-effective multi- head capabilities.

3Dlabs expects to ship Windows 95/98 drivers for Oxygen GVX1, with full acceleration for Direct3D under DirectX 6.1, in the third quarter of 1999. Oxygen GVX1 is also fully Windows 2000 ready. This will allow workstation professionals to run the operating system of their choice to develop and test their content.

3Dlabs has over 15 years experience in developing hardware and software for optimal OpenGL performance. This depth of expertise translates into high- performance, high-quality OpenGL drivers that have been tested and certified with all leading professional applications, including: Autodesk AutoCAD, Discreet 3D Studio MAX(R) R2.5, MICROCADAM Helix Design System, Nichimen Graphics Mirai, Side Effects Houdini, SOFTIMAGE|3D, Alias Maya(TM), Parametric Technology's Pro/ENGINEER(R), and SolidWorks(R).

Benchmark Information

The Oxygen GVX1 delivers outstanding 2D and 3D performance compared to high-range boards costing many times as much. For example when running on a 500 MHz Pentium III single-processor machine, Oxygen GVX1 delivers Viewperf scores of 24.6 for DX-04 (1024x768 true-color 75Hz), a DRV-05 score of 16.0 (1024x768 true-color 75Hz) and a Light-02 score of 2.7 (1280x1024 true-color 75Hz). The Oxygen GVX1 also delivers outstanding 2D performance with a Windows NT 4.0 WinBench99 High End Graphics score of 375, and a Business Graphics score of 182 (both at 1024x768 true-color 75Hz).

About 3Dlabs

Founded in 1994, 3Dlabs is a leading innovator and a fabless supplier of high-performance graphics accelerator boards, processors, and software designed to bring cost-effective 3D and 2D graphics to the personal computer. The Company offers a wide range of graphics accelerator boards and processors for desktop PC and high-end workstation markets with price, performance, and functionality designed to meet the demand for 3D on the PC. 3Dlabs markets and sells its award-winning products to PC and graphics OEM customers, as well as reseller channel partners.

For more information on 3Dlabs and its products, please visit the Company's Web site at or call us at (800) 464-3348 or (408) 530-4700.

Forward Looking Statements

Various matters set forth in this press release, such as statements relating to the expected performance characteristics, specifications, availability, price/performance characteristics, and market position of Oxygen GVX1 as well as the entire line of Oxygen workstation boards are forward- looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, 3Dlabs' ability to manufacture, produce, and deliver Oxygen GVX1 in a timely, cost-effective and commercially-viable manner; the ability of 3Dlabs to obtain and keep design wins for this products; the ability of Oxygen GVX1 to adequately meet the price/performance requirements of its customers; the ability of the Company's distributors and value-added resellers to successfully sell the Company's current and future products including Oxygen GVX1; the impact of the introduction of this and other new products on sales of existing products; the ability of other companies to provide products with features, performance, and price characteristics that 3Dlabs believes are only offered by the Oxygen GVX1; the introduction of alternative technological advances and other risks detailed from time-to-time in 3Dlabs' SEC reports.

3Dlabs, GLINT, Oxygen, Permedia, and PowerThreads are either registered trademarks or trademarks of 3Dlabs, Inc., and/or 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. Microsoft Windows, Windows NT, and Direct3D are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries. Intel, Pentium, and Xeon are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Intel Corporation. OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. All other trademarks are acknowledged and recognized.
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