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S3's Fire GL2 and Fire GL3 Graphics Accelerators Integrated Into All CELSIUS Workstation Models.

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MUNICH, Germany & SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 10, 2000

FGL Graphics and Fujitsu Siemens Computers Alliance

Brings High-End Architecture to Users at Every Level

FGL Graphics, a division of S3(R) Incorporated (Nasdaq:SIII), today announced that Fujitsu Siemens Computers, the manufacturer of the popular CELSIUS workstations, will integrate FGL Graphics' new Fire GL2 and Fire GL3 accelerators into all CELSIUS models. The initiative allows Fujitsu-Siemens Computers to bring high-end graphics acceleration architecture to all workstation users -- from entry-level to the seasoned professional.

"The introduction of the Fire GL2 and 3 is creating a paradigm shift in the industry by eliminating the most common barrier for end-users, which is price," said Ed Huang, vice president of Business Development for Fire GL Professional Graphics. "Workstation users can now select the product that best suits their needs because our accelerators are very affordable."

The new Fire GL accelerators set a new standard of excellence by delivering faster performance than every competitive product on the market, regardless of price. The Fire GL2 and Fire GL3 include the IBM RC 1000 256-bit graphics rasterizer and a 256-bit double data rate (DDR) memory interface that doubles the usable bandwidth to provide fast frame rates at higher resolutions and color depths. The new accelerators also feature the IBM GT 1000 hardware geometry engine with 30+ GFLOPS of performance. The IBM GT 1000 geometry engine provides 100% OpenGL support as well as full geometry transform processing and full lighting calculations for 16 simultaneous sources.

"We are very pleased to announce this alliance with FGL Graphics," said Bjorn Fehrm, director of Workstation Product Operations for Fujitsu Siemens Computers. "Integrating the Fire GL2 and Fire GL3 into our product line furthers our commitment to bring high-end architecture to our customers and keep the CELSIUS workstation an optimum system."

About the Fire GL Product Line

For entry-level professional graphics, the Fire GL1 with 32 MB of memory and AGP 2X support provides enhanced 2D and 3D graphics acceleration. The Fire GL2, with 64 MB of memory, is ideally suited for MCAD, visual simulation and 3D game development. The Fire GL3 offers 128 MB of memory and AGP Pro 50 support that sustains two monitors from a single slot.

All Fire GL professional graphics accelerators are fully optimized for Intel's Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE) and AMD Athlon(TM) processor-based systems with 3DNow!(TM) technology. The Fire GL family supports the Microsoft Windows NT, Microsoft Windows 2000 and Linux operating systems.

About FGL Graphics

FGL Graphics, a division of S3 Incorporated, designs, develops and markets the Fire GL brand of OpenGL-based graphics accelerators and is a leading provider of solutions for the NT and Linux workstation markets. Fire GL offers a complete line of accelerators for user needs ranging from entry-level to high-end. For more information about the award-winning line of Fire GL professional graphics accelerators, visit or

About S3 Incorporated (

A leader in the converging Internet, digital media and consumer device markets, S3 holds significant financial assets, global marketing capabilities and a focused technology portfolio, that includes Rio(TM) digital audio players, HomeFree(TM) home networking solutions, internet access products, and forthcoming information appliances.

About the CELSIUS Workstation Family

The CELSIUS workstation family is one of the most innovative on the market. It features a unique mobile workstation in addition to a complete desktop line. Other features include high performance combined with good ergonomics, and durable hardware/software integrity. CELSIUS workstations are the first choice for productivity-focused users, offering the latest technologies as soon as they become available.

About Fujitsu Siemens Computers

Fujitsu Siemens Computers, the new IT force in Europe, was formed through a joint venture between Fujitsu Computers (Europe) Limited and Siemens Computer Systems, and commenced operations on 1st October 1999. The company is jointly owned by Fujitsu Limited and Siemens AG, and has its headquarters in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

With extensive European manufacturing facilities, customer-focused companies in 25 European countries, and more than 7,200 experienced employees, Fujitsu Siemens Computers is aiming to be the number one computer company in its home market, Europe.

Fujitsu Siemens Computers provides the world's most complete portfolio of best-in- class IT products including notebooks, PC and workstations, Intel- and UNIX-based Servers, mainframes and Enterprise storage solutions. Its world-leading technology creates solutions to business problems and enhances individual's lifestyle. Developed and manufactured in Europe, the product portfolio benefits from the technologies and worldwide sourcing networks of the parent companies.

In addition to an enviable customer base which includes most of the top 1,000 largest enterprises in Europe, the company's assets include: relationships with more than 2,000 of the leading VARs, distributors and retailers with over 100,000 outlets serving millions of customers; a sales organization with more than 2,500 sales professionals; and the combined strengths of the parent companies -- with a global network of service and integration partners as well as more than 80,000 specialists dedicated to the product portfolio.

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Except for historical information contained herein, the matters set forth in this press release are forward-looking statements that are subject to risk and uncertainties, including market acceptance of the products, the impact of competitive products and other risks detailed from time to time in S3's SEC reports, including its quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2000. S3 is a registered trademark of S3 Incorporated. The S3 corporate logo, HomeFree, Fire GL, Fire GL1, Fire GL2 and Fire GL3 are trademarks of S3 Incorporated. Rio is a trademark of, Inc. and is used by S3 under license from, Inc. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.
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