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ATI Introduces the 32MB XPERT(TM) 2000 PRO Graphics, Video, and Hardware DVD Accelerator Card.

- Ultimate low cost 32 MB, 2D, 3D and DVD board for SIs, OEMs and

mainstream consumers

- Supports both AGP 2X and AGP 4X systems

TORONTO, Nov. 8 /CNW-PRN/ - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced the 32MB XPERT(TM) 2000 PRO accelerator board for retail and PC OEM markets, an add-in card that offers class-leading 2D and 3D graphics and hardware DVD video playback with 32MB of memory.

The XPERT 2000 PRO is ideal for system builders and OEMs looking to differentiate their lower cost PCs. Traditionally, low cost PCs come with just 8 MB of graphics memory, poor 2D and 3D and no DVD. System builders can now incorporate superior 2D and 3D, 32-bit true color graphics acceleration, hardware DVD and 4 times the amount of memory.

"The XPERT 2000 PRO will change the image of the low cost PC and smash the perception that they are featureless and unable to handle today's latest games and popular applications", said Ed Grondahl, vice president of marketing, ATI."

With higher performance than today's XPERT 2000(TM), the XPERT 2000 PRO supports the AGP 2X specification now, as well as AGP 4X systems expected to ship this fall. With its AGP support, 32MB of memory and ATI's combination 2D, 3D and DVD, RAGE(TM) 128 PRO accelerator chip, the XPERT 2000 PRO is the best value on the market for the casual gamer, the DVD enthusiast and the corporate user alike.

"ATI's latest technology offers a great value in graphics and video acceleration, with all the advanced 3D features you need for today's 3D applications and games," said Jim Veeveart, vice-president of marketing at Sierra. "It will expose a greater number of mainstream and gaming users to the enhanced visual quality and 3D features that Sierra's products offer."

The 32MB XPERT 2000 PRO, with fast 2D acceleration, a 300MHz RAMDAC and a maximum resolution of 1920X1200 at 85Hz, provides more than enough power for all current business applications.

The 32MB XPERT 2000 PRO, with the industry's only integrated iDCT and Motion Compensation through the RAGE 128 PRO chip, performs DVD decode with an absolute minimum of CPU usage. Also, 4-tap video scalers enable DVD playback at near perfect visual quality. The 32MB XPERT 2000 PRO is ideal for running interactive DVD business applications, viewing Intranet and networked DVD corporate videos, and watching DVD movies at home.

Game play will be enhanced through the acceleration of OpenGL and Microsoft's DirectX API. The result is full acceleration and top speeds for DirectX and OpenGL games.

Price and Availability:

The 32MB XPERT 2000 PRO will be available in calendar Q1, 2000, initially at a suggested street price of $139 (US). An 8MB version XPERT 2000 PRO will be available to OEMs and system builders, also in calendar Q1, with discounts for volume purchases. A DVI XPERT 2000 PRO version that supports all-digital flat panels will also be available in calendar Q1.

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 electronics 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 l985, ATI employs more than 1,800 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.

For other ATI news releases visit our web site at http://www.ati.com.

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