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Diamond Multimedia's Fire GL 3000 Accelerator Adds Real-Time Hardware Texture Mapping to Professional 3D Applications; Offers Single-Slot, Dual-Monitor Support and Geometry Acceleration.

NEW ORLEANS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 6, 1996--Today at Siggraph, Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: DIMD) announced the Fire GL 3000 graphics accelerator with hardware texture mapping for professional 3D applications. Available in multiple configurations with up to 40MB memory, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 utilizes the high-performance GLINT 500TX rendering and GLINT Delta geometry engines from 3Dlabs, Inc. A single-slot PCI solution with on-board VGA, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 also supports up to two monitors using Diamond's dual-screen technology. With a base configuration of 8MB VRAM/8MB EDO DRAM for $2,495 manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), the Diamond Fire GL 3000 is expected to be available in September through OEMs, VARs and distributors.

"Animation professionals are increasingly turning to the combined power of Microsoft's Windows NT, Intel's Pentium Pro processors and Digital Equipment Corporation's (DEC) Alpha-based workstations," said David Watkins, vice president and general manager of Diamond Multimedia's Visual Systems Division. "Additionally, these professionals are seeking PC hardware solutions that enable new levels of performance and functionality. The Fire GL 3000 fulfills their needs by offering texture mapping in hardware, 3D geometry acceleration and support for two monitors in a single-slot solution."

Texture Mapping and 3D Rendering Acceleration

Using 3Dlabs' GLINT 500TX processor, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 offers hardware texture mapping in real-time and is capable of rendering up to 500,000 gouraud-shaded polygons per second. The base configuration includes 8MB of high-speed, dual-ported VRAM display memory and 8MB EDO DRAM (upgradeable to 32MB EDO DRAM) for up to 32-bit Z-buffer memory. Double buffering support at resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 provides increased productivity by allowing for the real-time display and rotation of 3D models.

"By providing real-time, texture mapping in hardware, the Fire GL 3000 speeds up the creation phase," said Daniel Small, product manager for Softimage 3D at Microsoft. "This capability is demanded by today's professional 3D animators, especially those using Softimage 3D for Windows NT."

3D Geometry Acceleration

The GLINT Delta 3D setup engine included in the Diamond Fire GL 3000 acts as a front-end processor to the GLINT 500TX rendering engine. By processing the setup calculations for lines, polygons and other 3D primitives, the GLINT Delta improves overall system performance by freeing the CPU from demanding 3D calculations. As a result, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 is capable of boosting 3D performance up to three times faster than conventional rendering engine-only solutions.

"The introduction of the Fire GL 3000 brings a new level of 3D graphics to Pentium Pro processor-based systems," said Andre Wolper, director of workstation marketing at Intel Corporation. "Coupled with the power of a Pentium Pro processor, professionals get a system that delivers workstation performance with the best of PC productivity applications, all in one."

Diamond's Dual Screen Technology

The dual screen capability of the Fire GL 3000, a single-slot PCI solution, allows professionals to expand their workspace across two screens. By utilizing two 220 MHz RAMDACs, the Diamond Fire GL 3000 supports up to 1600 x 1200 resolution and refresh rates up to 75Hz simultaneously on both screens. Diamond's dual screen technology is especially suitable for animation professionals who are able to display a set of applications on the one screen and file folders, palettes and other tools on the other screen.

"The dual monitor support provided by the Fire GL 3000 addresses a key problem for virtual environments," said Ken Pimentel, vice president of product development at Sense8 Corporation. "When developing with World Up, you can dedicate one monitor to showing your scene-hierarchy and property browsers while the other monitor shows multiple rendered views."
Additional Features

3D Application Programming Interface OpenGL, Heidi from
(API) support Autodesk

Accelerated OpenGL software Windows NT 4.0,
 Windows NT 3.51 and
 Windows 95

Supported software Advanced Visual Systems'
 AVS/Express, Autodesk's
 AutoCAD r12/13, Kinetix's
 3D Studio Max, Microsoft's
 Softimage, NewTek's
 Lightwave 3D and Sense8's
 World Up and other
 leading applications

Diamond software tools 3D Win viewer software
 and Big Focus display
 list driver technology

Maximum resolution up to 1600 x 1200

Maximum refresh rate up to 100Hz

Maximum color depth up to 24-bit True Color

Maximum True Color resolution up to 1152 x 870 resolution

Configurations and pricing:

Memory modules starting at $795 MSRP

Warranty three-year parts and labor

Visit Siggraph booth no. 417, Hall 2B for exhibits of Diamond Multimedia's latest Stealth, Monster 3D and Fire GL brand animation and CAD accelerators.

Diamond Multimedia

Diamond Multimedia is driving the desktop multimedia market by providing interactivity and connectivity solutions for home, business and professional PC and Macintosh users. Products include the Stealth and Monster 3D series of multimedia accelerators, the Fire GL series of professional 3D and CAD accelerators, and the Supra series of faxmodems and NetCommander ISDN adapters. Diamond also markets sound cards and multimedia and Internet upgrade kits. Headquartered in San Jose, CA, Diamond has sales, marketing and technical facilities in Vancouver (Wash.), Singapore, Tokyo, Starnberg (Germany), Clichy (France) and Winnersh (U.K.). Diamond's products are sold through regional, national and international distributors as well as to major computer retailers, mass merchants and OEMs worldwide. Diamond's common stock is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol DIMD.

How to Contact Diamond Multimedia
 There are many ways to reach Diamond for sales support, technical
assistance, driver updates and general information:

Diamond Multimedia's Headquarters and Visual Systems Division:
408-325-7000; Fax: 408-325-7070

Diamond Communications Division (Supra brand modems) Main Phone
Number: 360-604-1400; Fax: 360-604-1401

Diamond European Division (Germany): +49-8151-266-0; (UK):
+44-1189-444400; (France) +33-47561157

Diamond Japanese Office (Tokyo): +81-3-5695-8401;
Fax: +81-3-5695-8403

Diamond Asia-Pacific Sales and Support (Singapore): +65-254-3163;
Fax: +65-254-3407

Support Information Line for Communications: 1-800-774-4965

Product Support (Voice), Visual Systems: 408-325-7100;
Communications: 541-967-2490; Europe (Germany) +49-8151- 266-330;
Europe (UK) +44-1189-444444

Product Support (Fax), Visual Systems: 408-325-7171; Communications:
541-967-2401; Europe (Germany) +49- 8151-266-331; Europe (UK):
+44-1189-444445; (France) +33-1-47561139

Pre-sales Information, Visual Systems: 1-800-468-5846;
Communications: 1-800-727-8772

Investor Relations: 408-325-7476; Fax-On-Demand: 1-800-346-3329

24-Hour Fax-On-Demand Service, Visual Systems: 1-800-380-0030;
Communications: 541-967-0072

America Online (Keyword: DIAMOND; Email: SUPRACORP2)

CompuServe: Visual Systems: (GO DIAMOND); Communications: (GO SUPRA);
Europe: (GO SPEA)

The Microsoft Network: Find DIAMOND

FTP sites:; or Supra:

Internet Web Sites:; or Communications:; or Europe (Germany):

BBS for Visual Systems 408-325-7080 (to 14.4 Kbps) or 408-325-7175
(to 28.8 Kbps) or 408-383-0551 (ISDN); Communications BBS:
541-967-2444; Europe (Germany) BBS at +49-8151-266241 (to 14.4 Kbps)
or +49-8151-12921 (to 28.8 Kbps) or +49-8151-78001 (ISDN); Europe
(UK) at +44-1189-444415


Note to Editors:

Monster 3D and NetCommander are trademarks of Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc., and Supra is a registered trademark of Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc. GLINT is a registered trademark of 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd. Softimage is a registered trademark of Softimage Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft Corp. Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corp. World Up is a trademark of Sense8 Corporation. All other trademarks referenced are the service mark, trademark or registered trademark of their respective manufacturers. The statements made herein regarding the Diamond Fire GL 3000's pricing, availability and configuration are forward looking statements and actual results could differ materially due to component availability and regulatory approval.

CONTACT: Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc.

Joan Huang, 408/325-7236

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