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WEITEK ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FASTEST USER INTERFACE CONTROLLER FOR WINDOWS DESKTOP PUBLISHING AND CAD APPLICATIONS

 WEITEK ANNOUNCES WORLD'S FASTEST USER INTERFACE CONTROLLER FOR
 WINDOWS DESKTOP PUBLISHING AND CAD APPLICATIONS
 SUNNYVALE, Calif., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Weitek Corp. (NASDAQ: WWTK) today announced that the Weitek Power(TM) 9000, a new high-performance user interface controller, will be available in August for EISA and local bus designs. The Power 9000, which utilizes core technology of the Weitek 8720 graphics engine, provides up to four times faster performance than coprocessors at the same price point made by S3 Inc., ATI Technologies Inc. or Texas Instruments for CAD and Windows applications.
 The Weitek Power 9000 incorporates internal memory and video controller functionality, and hardwires text acceleration and graphic functions such as polygon drawing, pattern fill, color expansion, Bit Block Transfer (BitBLT) and LineDraw to improve the performance of graphic-intensive applications such as AutoCAD and Windows desktop publishing applications, as well as other Windows applications, by two to six times on EISA and local buses.
 "Windows and AutoCAD users are creating complex, two- and three- dimensional images and they need workstation-caliber power at a reasonable price to increase their productivity," said Bob Butchko, director of marketing. "Only Windows systems built with the Weitek Power 9000 can give them that kind of performance because unlike graphics coprocessors being used today by system manufacturers, the Power 9000 was created specifically for EISA and local bus designs."
 Said Mark Sage, Autodesk Inc.'s ADI marketing manager: "Weitek's Abacus math coprocessor has been providing increased performance and productivity for Autodesk 3D Studio(TM) customers over the past two years. Now, the additional on-screen performance provided by graphics cards using the Weitek Power 9000 controller is bound to increase the productivity of AutoCAD(R) users." THE WEITEK POWER 9000
 The Power 9000 provides accelerated, high-performance 8-, 16- or 24- bit color for Windows graphic-intensive and CAD applications with its support of EISA and 486, VL or PCI local bus configurations. The local bus version offers up to 33 times faster performance than the EISA configuration.
 The Power 9000 utilizes the core technology of the Weitek 8720, an integrated graphics controller that was designed for SPARC-compatible manufacturers to enhance the performance of workstation graphical user interfaces such as X-Windows.
 The Power 9000 supports up to 1280 by 1024 resolution with 256 colors, at refresh rates of up to 72 Hz in non-interlaced mode. Power 9000, housed in a 208-pin quad-flat-package, will ship with a maximum of 2 MB of VRAM and enhanced drivers for Windows 3.0 and 3.1, and AutoCAD 10, 11 and 12. Power 9000 also includes a VESA VGA connector for VGA pass through.
 Said Robert Beale, president and chief executive officer of Artist Graphics, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based maker of the WinSprint line of Windows accelerators: "The Weitek Power 9000 makes Windows fly. It is an excellent choice to create high-resolution, high-speed graphics boards for the power user." PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
 The Weitek Power 9000 for EISA and local bus designs will be available in August and priced at $70 for quantities of 1,000 units.
 Power 9000 customers who buy directly from Weitek will qualify to participate in the Weitek Power Partners Program, a market development and communications program designed to assist Weitek OEMs successfully market Weitek-based products.
 Weitek Corp. makes processors and controllers that enhance the performance of standard operating systems, user interfaces and application software. Weitek processors and controllers are used to build faster, more intuitive and competitive workstations and high- performance personal computers and peripherals.
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 NOTE: AutoCAD is a registered trademark and Autodesk 3D Studio is a trademark of Autodesk Inc.
 /CONTACT: Bob Butchko of Weitek, 408-738-8400; Gregory Spector of Jennings & Co., 415-349-8400, for Weitek/
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