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AccelGraphics Introduces New Level Of High-Performance 3D Graphics With Debut Of AccelECLIPSE II.

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 11, 1997--

AccelECLIPSE II Available In PCI And AGP Versions On Intel Pentium

II And Alpha-Based Workstations

AccelGraphics, Inc., (NASDAQ:ACCL) a leading supplier of high-performance 3D graphics subsystems and software for Windows NT(R) and Windows(R) 95, today set a new standard for 3D graphics performance with the introduction of the new AccelECLIPSE(TM) II graphics subsystem. Delivering a blinding Viewperf CDRS-03 score of over 46 in recent in-house benchmark tests(1) along with fill rates of 60 million textured pixels per second, AccelECLIPSE II provides the latest in 3D graphics acceleration for both Intel Pentium Pro, Pentium II and Alpha-based NT workstations. The AccelECLIPSE II subsystem is available for immediate shipment.

"The new AccelECLIPSE II subsystem delivers AccelGraphics' fastest 3D performance for high-end animation, CAD and content creation," said Jeffery Dunn, president and CEO of AccelGraphics. "With today's announcement, AccelGraphics demonstrates that we are committed to providing the professional animator and digital content creator with the very best 3D price/performance available."

Rick Maule, vice president of Desktop Graphics at Evans & Sutherland added, "This announcement underscores the advanced performance capabilities of Evans & Sutherland's REALimage technology for 3D graphics in the NT workstation market. AccelECLIPSE II is a great example of how our partnership with AccelGraphics results in the best possible 3D graphics subsystem for power-hungry users."

AccelECLIPSE II Improves Graphics Performance

The AccelECLIPSE II subsystem gains its increased performance from a new enhanced DMA engine that allows a greater number of graphics primitives, such as triangles and lines, to be delivered from the host CPU to the graphics subsystem. AccelECLIPSE II is based upon leading-edge hardware technologies from Evans & Sutherland and Mitsubishi/VSIS that provide performance of 2 million triangles per second and 60 million texture mapped pixels per second at resolutions of 1280x1024.

The AccelECLIPSE II subsystem comes with either 20MB or 32MB of memory and features full, 24-bit double buffering and Z-buffering at resolutions of 1280x1024. Other advanced features critical in today's professional 3D markets such as overlays, stencils, textures with bilinear and trilinear MIP-mapping are standard with AccelECLIPSE II.

Application Quality -- Testing and Certification

AccelECLIPSE II comes with custom OpenGL(R) drivers that are fully tested and optimized for Windows NT. The performance and quality users experience with the new AccelECLIPSE II subsystem benefits from AccelGraphics' strong relationships with key software application vendors. The current version 1.5 of the drivers for Intel-based systems is officially certified for the following applications: EDS Unigraphics, I-DEAS Master Series, Pro/ENGINEER and Softimage. Additionally, it has been tested in-house on key applications such as Autodesk's AutoCAD/Mechanical Desktop, 3D Studio Max, LightWave 3D, HP SolidDesigner, Lightscape, Nichimen Graphics' N-World, SENSE8, and SolidWorks. This means that users can install AccelECLIPSE II and begin enjoying its 3D acceleration immediately.

The version 2.0 driver takes full advantage of the hardware's advanced acceleration capabilities and is immediately available for Alpha-based systems. In addition, the company announced that the version 2.0 driver, for Intel PCI and AGP-based systems, is currently undergoing final ISV testing and certification. Version 2.0 is expected to be posted on the company's Web site ( in 30 days.

"Our goal is to get the latest hardware in place as quickly as possible and still allow people to use the fully certified version 1.5 drivers," stated Niraj Swarup, vice president of marketing at AccelGraphics. "Once version 2.0 drivers receive final certification, Intel-based system users will be able to simply download the file and be confident that they have the latest hardware and OpenGL drivers available."

Pricing and Availability

With today's announcement, the company began worldwide shipments of the AccelECLIPSE II 3D graphics subsystem. With an estimated street price of $2,695 for the 20MB version and $2,995 for the 32MB version, AccelECLIPSE II can be ordered from any authorized AccelGraphics' reseller or distributor. The 3D subsystem can also be found in workstations from AccelGraphics' OEMs including Hewlett-Packard, Carerra Computers and Tri-Star Computer. AccelECLIPSE II includes a three-year warranty on parts and labor.

AccelGraphics, Inc.

AccelGraphics, Inc., headquartered in Milpitas, California, is a leading provider of high-performance, cost-effective, 3D graphics subsystems, software accelerators and application utility software products for the professional Windows NT and Windows 95 markets. AccelGraphics maintains strong relationships with strategic ISVs, including Autodesk, EDS/Unigraphics, NewTek, Parametric Technology, SDRC, Softimage/Microsoft and SolidWorks, to enable the company to enhance and optimize 3D application performance on its 3D graphics subsystems. For more information, visit AccelGraphics at .

Forward Looking Statement

The statements contained in this release include forward-looking statements that may involve risks and uncertainties and actual results and outcomes may differ materially from those discussed. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, lower than expected revenues, unforeseen delays in the introduction, manufacture and distribution of new products including the AccelECLIPSE II, AccelPRO MX, and/or AccelSTAR II, risks associated with dependence on OEM and other third-party relationships, higher than expected operating expenses, product maturity, new product development, new technology, international operations, unforeseen operational problems, and other risk factors described in the Company's registration statement on Form SB-2 and Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 1997, June 27, 1997 and September 26, 1997 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. -0-

(1) The Results above were obtained using Windows NT 4.0 with an Intel Pentium-based 300Mhz with MMX workstation, 512k cache, 64MB EDO SDRAM and a 1.6GB IDE hard disk.

Note to Editors: AccelGraphics and AccelECLIPSE are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of AccelGraphics, Inc. All other product names noted herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

CONTACT: AccelGraphics Inc.

Niraj Swarup, 408/546-2100


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