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ATI Announces RAGE 128 PRO(TM).

+ New chip delivers 50% increase in 3D performance

+ First chip in the world to integrate a DVI-compliant TMDS transmitter


TORONTO, April 6 /CNW-PRN/ - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE:ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced the performance-enhanced RAGE 128 PRO(TM) AGP 4X chips: the best of class RAGE 128 PRO GL(TM) for entry level workstation and high end PC markets and the cost effective RAGE 128 PRO VR(TM) for mainstream commercial and consumer markets.

``The RAGE 128 PRO combines architectural enhancements with higher clock frequencies to achieve a 50% improvement in 3D performance,'' said Phil Eisler, Director of Component Marketing, ATI. ``This accomplishment reinforces ATI's high-end leadership already established by the RAGE 128 accelerator.''

Providing an upward capability migration path and protecting investment for existing designs, the RAGE 128 PRO accelerators maintain package pin out and software driver compatibility with the million plus RAGE 128 family of parts already shipped.

RAGE 128 PRO offers integrated TMDS for digital flat panels

The RAGE 128 PRO saves money and space by integrating a 170MHz TMDS (Transition Minimized Differential Signaling) transmitter, and a ratiometric (SXGA (1200 x 1024) source) input scaler for digital flat panel monitors up to UXGA (1600 x 1200). In addition to continued support for the DFP specification, the RAGE 128 PRO also meets all aspects of the DDWG Digital Visual Interface (DVI) specification. These capabilities will accelerate the market adoption of high resolution, thin, lightweight, and energy efficient digital flat panels.

Only ATI delivers no-compromise 32bpp performance

Unlike other competitors, the RAGE 128 PRO is fully optimized to operate in 32-bit true color. And it does so without performance degradation, providing true color with a performance level equal to that of a card that supports only 16-bit color.

Setup engine capacity doubled, architectural optimizations boost OpenGL


The RAGE 128 PRO GL, with a doubling of setup engine capability, now enables 7 million antialiased lines per second for intensive CAD applications. This combined with other 3D architectural optimizations enables the RAGE 128 PRO GL to obtain 100+ on the CDRS-03 OpenGL benchmark, which is best in class for the entry level workstation market.

Anisotropic filtering brings new levels of realism to the screen

In addition to leading 2D functionality and advanced 3D trilinear filtering features, the RAGE 128 PRO improves perspective quality and rendering accuracy with Anisotropic filtering. Anisotropic filtering reduces the distortion visible in the image of a 3D object whose surface is at an angle with relation to the viewing plane. Compensating for the distorted texels of an image adds considerable realism to the graphics programmer's arsenal. DirectX texture compression adds further support to the RAGE 128 PRO's 3D texture processing capability.

``The RAGE 128 PRO's feature list is amazing. In addition to delivering industry-leading frame rates, stunning images, 32-bit rendering performance, and a whopping 32MB of memory, it also has a digital flat panel out support, and DTV de-coding - all that in one chip is unmatched in the industry.'' Dr. Jon Peddie, President, Jon Peddie Associates, Tiburon, CA.

RAGE 128 PRO shows ATI's leadership in AGP

The RAGE 128 PRO implements the complete AGP 4X specification, while maintaining full backward compatibility to the AGP 2X interface. For ultimate 3D quality and performance, nothing matches the RAGE 128 PRO GL combined with AGP 4X and 32MB of local frame buffer memory. In mainstream PCs, the benefit of AGP 4X is even more pronounced since the smaller local frame buffer sizes require more texturing directly out of system memory.

MPEG-2 decode, simultaneous capture of two video streams, HDTV support

With the industry's only integrated IDCT and Motion compensation, DVD decode can be accomplished with an absolute minimum of CPU usage. Also, 4-tap video scalers enable DVD playback at near perfect visual quality. Video Capture and Display features include: support for simultaneous capture of two video streams; the capability to capture video data rates up to 150MBytes/sec at 75 MHz for resolution up to 1920x1152 and HDTV support. In fact, the RAGE 128 PRO is unique in its ability to capture and display all 18 ATSC formats.

Pricing and availability

The RAGE 128 PRO GL is priced at $42 each in units of 10,000. The RAGE 128 PRO VR is priced at $32 each in units of 10,000. Both chips are sampling April 1999 and full production slated for July 1999.

Corporate Profile

ATI Technologies Inc., the world's largest supplier of 3D graphics and multimedia technology, designs, manufactures and markets innovative and award-winning multimedia solutions and graphics components for the personal computer, set-top box and consumer electronic appliance markets. An ISO 9002 company, ATI is the world's leading supplier of video and 2D/3D graphics accelerators to OEM and retail customers. Founded in 1985, ATI employs more than 1,600 people at headquarters in Thornhill, Ontario, and in offices in the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Barbados, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong. ATI is a public company whose shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

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