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RPT/Oak Technology Announces Support for Microsoft's ActiveMovie Digital Video Technology for Next-Generation Multimedia Applications; Implementation of MPEG-Ready Solution Enhances Developers' Ability to Deliver Advanced Applications to take Advantage of High-Quality Audio, Video and Special Effects on the Desktop.

SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 7, 1996--Oak Technology (NASDAQ: OAKT), a leading provider of high-performance multimedia semiconductors and related software, today announced its participation in the technical development and support of Microsoft(r)'s ActiveMovie(tm) applications programming interface (API) for delivery of advanced multimedia applications with Windows(r) 95 and WindowsNT(tm) operating systems.

At the forefront of the multimedia industry and as a leader in MPEG technology, Oak, a Microsoft industry partner, is providing input on ActiveMovie. This API will be released to hardware and software developers in late March, allowing them to design multimedia applications able to take full advantage of next-generation MPEG video- and audio-enabled solutions.

ActiveMovie will provide applications developers with a common platform to design cross platform playback devices supported by Microsoft's Windows 95 and WindowsNT operating systems. This digital video solution will greatly reduce the compatibility issues of multi-vendor hardware and software, and allow specialized applications to access complex combinations of MPEG technology?making the distinction between MPEG software or hardware decode transparent to the applications developer. Designed to take advantage of MPEG decoding hardware, ActiveMovie will provide the power to access multimedia applications to display cutting-edge interactive MPEG-based titles and MPEG II movies.

New multimedia applications written to this API will be able to seamlessly access MPEG decode provided by such solutions as Oak's highly-integrated MPEG 1, MPEG 2 and emerging DVD solutions. ActiveMovie technology also interfaces directly with Oak's 64-bit video/graphics accelerators via Microsoft's DirectX(tm) technology which is supported by Oak's accelerators.

"We believe that the common platform provided by ActiveMovie will be very important in bringing a wide range of stunning new multimedia applications to the public," said Wen Hsu, director of Oak's Imaging Business Unit. "ActiveMovie will allow developers to easily take advantage of Oak's design-ready MPEG decoding solutions to deliver the highest quality of audio and video for applications which demand this level of support for special effects and combinations of 2-D and 3-D digital video images."

"ActiveMovie's support for MPEG and its open, extensible architecture will spawn a whole new generation of video centric titles and tools," said Paul Osborne, director of multimedia, Internet Platform and Tools Division, Microsoft Corporation. "Software developers will now be able to easily develop sophisticated applications using multiple streamed media tracks from such sources as the Internet and DVD disks. Microsoft is pleased that Oak Technology, a leading semiconductor company, is working with ActiveMovie and has announced its full support for this innovative technology."

About Oak

Founded in 1987, Oak Technology Inc. designs, develops and markets high-performance multimedia semiconductors and related software to OEM manufacturers worldwide who serve the PC, PC peripheral, consumer electronics, digital video and digital office equipment markets. Oak has subsidiaries in Japan (OAK K.K.), Taiwan (Oak Technology Taiwan) and Andover, Massachusetts (Pixel Magic). The Company completed its initial public offering in February 1995 and a follow-up equity offering in May 1995. -0-

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