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ATI Technologies Inc.

June 05, 2006 06:00 ET

ATI's FireGL'TM' Workstation Graphics Accelerators Certified for Autodesk's Media and Entertainment, Design and Manufacturing Solutions

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Autodesk certification ensures an optimized visual experience for legions of cross industry customers

ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT) today announced that its FireGL™ workstation graphics boards have been certified for Autodesk, Inc.'s full range of design software solutions. ATI's entire top-to-bottom line of FireGL graphics boards complement Autodesk's media and entertainment, design and manufacturing products by helping industry professionals more accurately and more efficiently visualize digital models to design better products while speeding time to market.

With ATI's award-winning FireGL workstation graphics accelerators, users of Autodesk software solutions are able to create complex models for computer-aided design (CAD), visual simulation, animation, and game development. Autodesk's full-line of design and visualization solutions are indispensable tools for engineers and designers around the globe who rely on the sophisticated graphics and unparalleled performance delivered through ATI's FireGL line of workstation products.

"At Autodesk, we need to work very closely with hardware vendors, especially when it concerns graphics quality, to guarantee our customers have the tools they need to be as productive and creative as possible," said Alan White, director of Corporate Development for Autodesk. "With its newest generation of FireGL products with Avivo technology, ATI has once again proven itself as a leader in the workstation graphics market."

"ATI's FireGL workstation graphics products have the performance and reliability industry professionals demand to improve productivity and efficiency," said Joe Chien, General Manager, Workstation Products, ATI Technologies Inc. "The certification process is an important way for ATI to ensure its products are in perfect harmony with Autodesk solutions, delivering a great customer experience. This is a top priority for ATI."

ATI's FireGL products have been certified(1) on the following Autodesk applications: Autodesk AliasStudio, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk VIZ, AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Map 3D, Autodesk Land Desktop, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk MotionBuilder. The certification process ensures optimal performance with Autodesk software solutions, proven by ATI performance leadership in SPECapc (Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation application performance calculation) benchmark scores when running Autodesk applications including AutoCAD, 3ds Max and Maya.

ATI's FireGL products are supported by a unified driver, which is tested and certified by professional 3D ISV partners, making system administration and upgrades cost effective and simple. All FireGL products come with a three year warranty and direct access to a dedicated workstation technical support team.

For more information about ATI's FireGL product line, including the recently introduced one gigabyte FireGL V7350, please visit www.ati.com/FireGL.

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 harmonization of ATI's FireGL certified products with Autodesk products and the performance level of ATI's FireGL certified products, 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 the potential for unforeseen hardware or software conflicts or issues. 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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(1) A full listing of certification for FireGL workstation accelerators is located on www.ati.com: http://www.ati.com/products/workstation/ISVCertsFireGL.pdf

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