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ATI Technologies Inc.

May 23, 2006 06:00 ET

ATI Unveils New Chipset Line-Up Bringing New Features and More Performance to AMD Socket AM2 PCs

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ATI chipsets for new AMD processors compatible with socket AM2 include a new southbridge and bring superior performance that is ready for Windows Vista™

ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) is bringing its technology leadership to a new generation of AMD PC users with the introduction of the CrossFire™ Xpress 3200 chipset and the ATI Radeon® Xpress 1100 series of chipsets, all compatible with socket AM2. The CrossFire Xpress 3200 is the top-performing enthusiast chipset available today and the Radeon Xpress 1100 prepares users for Windows Vista™ with ATI's fastest integrated graphics ever.

The feature-rich platforms employ ATI's new southbridge technology, the SB600 series. The SB600 series provides the most connectivity options available today, including 10 USB 2.0 ports, 4 SATA Generation II ports, RAID support, high-definition audio, and support for established connectivity options, such as parallel ATA. The SB600 also makes use of disk controller technologies such as the Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI) with native command queuing (NCQ) to provide super-fast access to data storage, making games, applications, and files load faster. In Windows Vista, the new controller also ensures blazing disk performance on AMD systems using the native AHCI driver - something that's only supported today on ATI platforms.

"With the new AMD Athlon 64™ FX-62 and AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ dual-core processors, we've set out to bring next-generation computing to the world, and with the addition of ATI's CrossFire graphics and CrossFire-enabled chipset platforms for socket AM2, we're jointly able to deliver that. AMD dual-core processors combined with ATI's graphics and chipset technologies result in unbelievable 3D games and multimedia, and highly effective productivity thanks to seamless multitasking, to prove that the next generation starts now," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Division, AMD.

Developed from the ground up for multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 now for socket AM2 delivers advanced tuning capabilities in an enthusiast motherboard, and the world's fastest gaming performance, made even faster with AMD's new dual-core processors. CrossFire Xpress 3200 is the only advanced chipset that unleashes true, unrestricted dual x16 PCI Express® performance, enabling high-definition gameplay using a CrossFire multi-GPU setup such as a top-performing ATI Radeon® X1900 CrossFire™ solution, or mainstream graphics with ATI Radeon® X1600 CrossFire™.

The Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets compatible with socket AM2 brings strong performance to mainstream systems in areas such as graphics-intensive business applications, the latest 3D games, and high-quality multimedia and digital entertainment. Boasting 33 percent faster graphics than the Radeon® Xpress 200, the Radeon Xpress 1100 series also includes support for DirectX® 9 and DDR2 up to 667 MHz. Digital content creation, viewing, and editing; and smooth DVD playback is assured thanks to integrated video processing and acceleration. And to ensure that PC users get the most from their investment, the Radeon Xpress 1100 series also provides support for the Windows Vista premium experience.

"The CrossFire Xpress 3200 and Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets for socket AM2 introduce new, high-performance platform options for enthusiasts and everyday PC users alike. We've combined the best performing multi-GPU chipset in the world, and a more powerful integrated graphics chipset, with our new south bridge technology to deliver unparalleled connectivity options, phenomenal transfer speeds, and the promise of future performance under Vista that today is unmatched by anyone," said Phil Eisler, senior vice president and general manager, Integrated and Mobile Business Unit, ATI Technologies Inc.

"The CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset has already proven itself a favorite among the world's PC enthusiasts, as shown by the success of ASUS' A8R32-MVP motherboard. As ATI extends the superior gaming performance, flexible customization options, and nearly infallible stability of the CrossFire Xpress 3200 to the socket AM2 space, we will continue to arm enthusiasts and system integrators with the tools they need to build the world's best gaming systems," said Raymond Chen, vice president, marketing, ASUS USA.

The new CrossFire Xpress 3200 and Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets for socket AM2 from AMD, featuring ATI's new south bridge technology, will be available from ATI partners including ASUS, AsRock, Abit, AOpen, DFI, ECS, Epox, Jetway, and MSI. For more information on ATI's new socket AM2 offerings, or the SB600 series, visit ATI online at http://www.ati.com/products/integrated.html.

About ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics, PC platform technologies and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost graphics processor unit (GPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld device markets. With fiscal 2005 revenues of US $2.22 billion, ATI has more than 3,700 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).

Important Information Regarding Forward-looking Statements

Certain statements in this news release, including but not limited to the features, performance and availability of the CrossFire Xpress 3200 and Radeon Xpress 1100 series may be considered "forward-looking". Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, and, accordingly, entail various risks and uncertainties. Risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include potential software or hardware-related issues or conflicts, the development of new products or technologies, overall system performance and other unforeseen risks. We therefore cannot provide any assurance that such forward-looking statements will materialize. We assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or any other reason. Additional information concerning risks and uncertainties affecting our business and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from any forward-looking statement is contained in our filings with Canadian and U.S. securities regulatory authorities, including our 2005 Annual Information Form and 2005 Annual Report filed on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Our Form 40-F and other filings we make with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are available on EDGAR at www.sec.gov.

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