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Diamond Selects C-Cube's CL450 MPEG-1 Digital Video Decoder to Fuel New Video Playback Card.

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--August 14, 1995--C-Cube Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ: CUBE), a market leader in digital video technology, announced today that Diamond Multimedia has selected C-Cube to provide the core digital video technology for Diamond's new Motion Video Player 2000 MPEG video playback card. The new Motion Video Player 2000 uses C-Cube's CL450 MPEG-1 digital video decoder to deliver full-screen, full-motion digital video to the PC platform. This add-in card offers users a complete digital video and audio experience for the playback of interactive games, multimedia, entertainment and education titles.

The Motion Video Player 2000 delivers MPEG-1 digital video at 30 frames per second (fps) and CD-quality audio. By using C-Cube's CL450 hardware-based MPEG-1 decoding solution, Diamond's new video card delivers a level of digital video playback quality that is currently unachievable in software-based MPEG-1 solutions. The Diamond Stealth64 Video 3000 combined with the Motion Video Player 2000, meets the strict requirements of the new Software Publisher's Association's (SPA) Multimedia PC standard (MPC-3) for multimedia computing.

"Digital video capability on the PC is in hot demand," said Alex Daly, vice president of marketing for C-Cube Microsystems. "By leveraging C-Cube's CL450, the Motion Video Player 2000 delivers a digital video experience that is delightful and unmatched by MPEG-1 software-only playback solutions. Through our close work with Diamond, we've been able to deliver an affordable high-quality video playback product that end-users will truly enjoy."

The Motion Video Player 2000 offers a shared frame buffer architecture that eliminates the compatibility issues found with many of the current MPEG upgrade solutions. The card utilizes IBM's ViP905 video scaler for high-quality color space conversion and scaling. Motion Video Player 2000 card also allows for dual video windows from independent or similar video sources and video input capabilities to view live video from NTSC or PAL sources.

Diamond's Motion Video Player 2000 is available directly from Diamond Multimedia. The estimated retail price for the base card is $299 and $449 for the daughtercard with 2MB of VRAM memory.

The CL450 MPEG-1 Digital Video Decoder

C-Cube's CL450 MPEG1 Digital Video Decoder has been widely adopted by PC add-in card OEMs and consumer electronics manufacturers for its image quality, programmability and cost effectiveness. The CL450 drives a wide range of consumer digital video applications including full motion video playback on the PC, set-top decoder boxes, VideoCD players and interactive game machines.

Diamond Multimedia

Diamond Multimedia Systems Inc., designs, manufactures and markets high-performance multimedia solutions for the PC, PowerPC and PCI Power Macintosh markets. Products include graphics and multimedia accelerators, which incorporate graphics, video and MPEG acceleration in a single subsystem. Diamond also manufactures sound cards, audio/telephony subsystems and multimedia upgrade kits for the personal computer market. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., Diamond has marketing and technical support facilities in Tokyo, Munich and Slough (U.K). The company'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 exchange under the symbol DIMD.

C-Cube Microsystems

C-Cube Microsystems Inc. designs and markets integrated circuits that implement international standards for the compression of digital images and video. Compression allows digital video to be used in fast-growing applications such as multimedia computing, CD-based consumer electronics and digital television. C-Cube Microsystems has its headquarters in Milpitas, Calif. and has offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. The company employs 163 people worldwide. Its stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol CUBE. -0-

Note to Editors: C-Cube and C-Cube logo are registered trademarks of C-Cube Microsystems.

CONTACT: C-Cube Microsystems

Mary Sharpless, 408/944-6300


Diamond Multimedia

Kim Stowe, 408/325-7204
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