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3Dlabs Wildcat Graphics Accelerators to Support AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon Processors with Hammer Technology.

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SIGGRAPH 2002

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 23, 2002

3Dlabs' Wildcat Graphics Technology Offers Seamless System/Graphics

Accelerator Compatibility with Maximum Performance

3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq:CREAF), at Siggraph(R) 2002 tradeshow booth 19086, today announced that the Wildcat(R) 3D graphics accelerator family will support upcoming AMD Opteron(TM) and AMD Athlon(TM) processors with Hammer technology. Current 3Dlabs products support the AMD Athlon MP processor with optimized drivers to accelerate the 3D graphics pipeline between the processor and the Wildcat graphics card. Wildcat and Wildcat VP drivers are now under development to support the forthcoming AMD processors and will be optimized for maximum performance between processor and 3D graphics accelerator.

"3Dlabs and AMD's close collaboration during development helps ensure that customers will enjoy faster, more powerful graphics performance on the desktop; not to mention more options in choosing a processor-platform for running DCC, CAD and visual simulation applications with a Wildcat," said Jerry Peterson, executive vice president and general manager, 3Dlabs OEM Division. "Once again, we expect to deliver the absolute best graphics performance on systems powered by AMD's latest processors."

"With systems using Wildcat and Wildcat VP graphics cards optimized for AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon processors based on Hammer technology, customers will experience new levels of performance on graphics-intensive applications. AMD's relationship with 3Dlabs helps ensure that customers who use Wildcat cards in their AMD processor-based systems will get the benefit of tightly integrated operation," said Rex Meek, director of hardware infrastructure support, AMD.

About AMD

AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor's 500 company, produces microprocessors, flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $4.6 billion in 2000.

About 3Dlabs

3Dlabs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd., supplies graphics accelerator solutions to a broad range of professionals including the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation markets. Its award-winning Oxygen(TM) and Wildcat(R) graphics are available in the industry's leading OEM workstations, to the channel through an international distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs' online store.

About Creative

Creative is the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for users of the personal computer and the Internet. Famous for its Sound Blaster(R) sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed NOMAD(R) Jukebox. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.

Forward Looking Statements

Various matters set forth in this press release, such as statements relating to 3Dlabs Wildcat graphics accelerators and their ability to leverage future technological advances from third parties, are forward looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties including without limitation: 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.

Note to Editors: 3Dlabs, Oxygen and Wildcat are registered trademarks of 3Dlabs Ltd., 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd. or 3Dlabs Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Sound Blaster is a registered trademark of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and/or other countries. NOMAD is a registered trademark of Aonix and is used by Creative Technology Ltd. and/or its affiliates under license. AMD Opteron and AMD Athlon are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. All other brand and product names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such.

This announcement relates to products launched in the United States. The product names, prices and availability are subject to change and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements.
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