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Sun Microsystems and 3Dlabs Announce Sun XVR-500 Graphics Now Shipping for Sun Blade Workstations and Sun Fire Servers.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 7, 2002

Sun XVR-500 Graphics Accelerator, Based on 3Dlabs

Wildcat II Technology, Supported in Sun's High-End 64-Bit

Workstation and Workgroup Server Line

3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd. (Nasdaq:TDDD) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW) today announced that the Sun(R) XVR-500 professional graphics accelerator, based on 3Dlabs Wildcat II technology, is now available in Sun Blade 1000, Sun Blade 2000 workstations and Sun Fire(R) V880 servers. Additionally, the Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator will now be offered in certified workstation configurations available for rapid delivery and setup.

The Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator with Wildcat II high-end professional graphics technology was developed by 3Dlabs according to Sun specifications and requirements, with Sun engineers providing optimized interfaces and drivers for maximum performance in the Sun Solaris(R) Operating Environment.

"3Dlabs continues to work closely with Sun as they bring affordable 64-bit workstation capability and Wildcat-based graphics to a broader range of professionals," said Jerry Peterson, executive vice president and general manager of 3Dlabs' OEM Division. "These high-performance systems with Wildcat II-based graphics will give a competitive edge to companies working in computer-aided design, digital content creation and any graphics-intensive field."

"Our multi-year relationship with 3Dlabs continues to provide great options for our customers with tested, high-performance graphics such as the Sun XVR-500 accelerator boards," said Bjorn Annderson, group marketing manager for graphics and visual media at Sun Microsystems. "The combination of the Sun XVR-500 accelerator board's performance with the balanced, high-throughput system architecture of Sun Blade workstations and Sun Fire servers provides power and scalability that is virtually unmatched in the industry. Furthermore, our Sun Blade 2000 workstation configured with a Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator offers an industry best price point for a powerful 64-bit, 3D workstation."

The Sun XVR-500 accelerator and workstations configured with the Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator are available today worldwide through all Sun channels, including direct sales, Sun Store (go to: www.store.sun.com) and Sun Authorized Resellers. For more information about the Sun Blade 1000 and Sun Blade 2000 workstations configured with the Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator, featuring Wildcat II technology, visit http://sun.com/desktop or contact your nearest Sun Authorized Reseller. For more information about the Sun Fire V880 server, visit http://sun.com/servers or contact your nearest Sun Authorized Reseller.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer(TM)" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com.

About 3Dlabs

3Dlabs is a pioneer in graphics technology and supplies graphics accelerator solutions to professionals in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation markets. Its award-winning Oxygen and Wildcat graphics are available in the industry's top OEM workstations, to the channel through an international distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs' online store. For more information on 3Dlabs, visit http://www.3dlabs.com/.

Forward Looking Statements

Various matters set forth in this press release, such as statements relating to the expected performance characteristics, specifications, and market position of the Wildcat graphics accelerators and the expected success of Sun Microsystems' products incorporating the Wildcat family of graphics accelerators are forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, including without limitation, 3Dlabs' ability to manufacture, produce and deliver the Wildcat graphics accelerators in a timely, cost-effective and commercially-viable manner; the ability of 3Dlabs to obtain and keep design wins for this product; the ability of 3Dlabs' manufacturing partners to produce the Wildcat products in the quantities and quality required, the ability of the Wildcat graphics accelerators to adequately meet the price/performance requirements of its customers; the ability of Sun Microsystems to sell products incorporating the Company's Wildcat family of graphics accelerators; the impact and pricing of competitive products; the introduction of alternative technological advances and other risks detailed from time-to-time in 3Dlabs' SEC reports.

Note to Editors: 3Dlabs and Wildcat are trademarks or registered trademarks of 3Dlabs Ltd., 3Dlabs Inc. Ltd., or 3Dlabs Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the properties of their owners.

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Sun Blade, Solaris, Sun Fire and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and in other countries.
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