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OXYGEN VX1 WORKSTATION GRAPHICS ACCELERATOR BOARD DEBUTS.

3Dlabs, Inc. (Nasdaq: TDDDF), Sunnyvale, Calif., has introduced the Oxygen VX1, the first in a new generation of the award-winning Oxygen family of high-performance OpenGL(R) graphics accelerators. Oxygen VX1, the first board based on the 3Dlabs' scaleable "Jetstream" architecture, provides a significant jump in performance and functionality at the entry-level workstation price-point. Based on the new 3Dlabs GLINT(R) R3 processor, Oxygen VX1 supports 3Dlabs' unique "Virtual Texture Memory" which enables main system memory to be used as a full-performance unified texture store, and fully-accelerated, OpenGL-compliant 3D volumetric textures.

Oxygen VX1 utilizes the new 3Dlabs PowerThreads(TM) SSE OpenGL driver to leverage the Intel(R) Pentium(R) III and Pentium III Xeon(TM) Streaming SIMD extensions for optimal geometry and lighting performance, as well as providing proven, certified support for professional applications. Furthermore, the PowerThreads SSE driver is multi-threaded and gains a further 60% performance boost from a second processor.

Priced at $299 MSRP, Oxygen VX1 will be available as an AGP 2X board in second quarter of 1999; a PCI version with Alpha processor support is expected to be available in the third quarter of 1999. Oxygen VX1 will be bundled with Sonnentech's Colorific color correction software and Soft Engine 4 from Vibrant Graphics, Inc., a $300 value software package that delivers optimized performance for AutoCAD(R) R13 and R14 users.

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"Oxygen VX1's support for the newly-released Pentium III Streaming SIMD extensions and the integration of Virtual Textures once again demonstrate 3Dlabs' ability to anticipate the needs of the evolving 3D market," said Tom Copeland, vice president of high-performance workstation research at IDC. "The exceptional 2D and 3D acceleration of Oxygen VX1 at a very aggressive price point offers an attractive entry-level as well as mid-range solution for customers looking for excellent price/performance."

"The new Oxygen VX1 board is another outstanding example of 3Dlabs' commitment to providing cost-effective, high performance solutions for serious 3D animators," said Phillip Miller, 3D Studio MAX product manager at Kinetix. "MAX artists will appreciate that 3Dlabs is integrating dual plane support in its new PowerThreads SSE driver for optimal, interactive performance within 3D Studio MAX."

"Oxygen VX1 is the first board to use the scaleable Jetstream architecture which enables seamless scalability across the complete performance spectrum while using high-volume silicon components and standard driver software. The fact that we are delivering the performance of boards costing up to three times as much shows the power of our new generation chip and board designs," said Neil Trevett, vice president of workstation products at 3Dlabs. "Oxygen VX1 continues the tradition of PERMEDIA(R) 2 in bringing outstanding performance to budget-conscious workstation users at an outstanding value."

About Oxygen VX1

Oxygen VX1 uses the Virtual Texture Memory address unit built into the GLINT R3 processor to transparently use main system memory as a large virtual texture store -- allowing up to 256MB of system memory to seamlessly hold textures for graphics processing. Oxygen VX1 uses the 32MB of physical on-board memory to store the framebuffer and Z buffer and then allocates the remainder as a large, hardware maintained L2 virtual texture cache. This unique scheme provides the advantages of unified texture memory to end-users and application developers, but unlike some systems it is implemented using the standard AGP architecture. The Virtual Texture Memory scheme also prevents display refresh from degrading system memory bandwidth and it provides highly-effective cached on-board access to textures for optimal performance.

Oxygen VX1 delivers a fill-rate of 90 million texture-mapped pixels per second at 32-bit color and 32-bit Z depth. This fill rate includes full per-pixel tri-linear mip-mapping and filtered 3D volumetric texturing. Oxygen VX1's highly optimized graphics pipeline can also accept and process up to 8 million polygons per second. With an integrated 300 MHz RAMDAC, Oxygen VX1 is capable of driving high-resolution 32-bit true color displays of up to 1900x1200 with a 32-bit Z-buffer. 3Dlabs' Windows NT drivers provides multi-head capabilities with support for up to eight displays being driven from multiple Oxygen VX1 AGP and PCI cards.

Additionally, Oxygen VX1 is 100% OpenGL 1.2 compliant and supports native acceleration for Microsoft(R) Direct3D(R) running on Windows(R) 95, Windows 98, and the upcoming Windows 2000. 3Dlabs' advanced software driver technology enables Oxygen VX1 to significantly enhance performance for graphics-intensive applications such as 3D Studio MAX(R), AutoCAD, Maya(TM), Pro/ENGINEER(R), and SolidWorks(R).

Benchmark Information

The Oxygen VX1 delivers outstanding 2D performance and 3D benchmark scores comparable to mid-range boards costing three times as much. For example when running on a 500 MHz Pentium III single-processor machine, Oxygen VX1's Windows NT 4.0 WinBench99 High End Graphics score is 397, and the Business Graphics score is 181, (1024x768 True-color 75Hz). The Oxygen VX1 also delivers a Viewperf DRV-05 score of 7.34 (1024x768 True-color 75Hz) and a Viewperf Light-02 score of 1.49 (1280x1024 True-color 60Hz).

About 3Dlabs

Founded in 1994, 3Dlabs is a leading innovator and a fabless supplier of high-performance graphics accelerator boards, processors, and software designed to bring cost-effective 3D and 2D graphics to the personal computer. The Company offers a wide range of graphics accelerator boards and processors for desktop PC and high-end workstation markets with price, performance and functionality designed to meet the demand for 3D on the PC. 3Dlabs markets and sells its award-winning products to PC and graphics OEM customers, as well as reseller channel partners.

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