ATI Technologies Inc.

ATI Technologies Inc.

March 11, 2005 06:00 ET

ATI Launches Industry's Most Powerful DirectX 9 Integrated Chipset for Intel Platforms


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MARCH 11, 2005 - 06:00 ET

ATI Launches Industry's Most Powerful DirectX 9
Integrated Chipset for Intel Platforms

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 11, 2005) -

RADEON® XPRESS™ 200 for Intel delivers unparalleled onboard DirextX
9 graphics performance and support for next-generation DDR2 667 memory

ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT), today announced the
introduction and general availability of a new high performance
integrated chipset for desktop Intel platforms - RADEON® XPRESS™
200. This new PCI Express chipset is designed to support Intel's Socket
775 class of processors, both single and multi-core, along with
next-generation DDR2 memory up to 667 Mhz. Highly versatile, RADEON
XPRESS 200 for Intel provides system builders and OEMs with platform
technology that is ideally suited for mainstream consumer PCs and low
cost media center solutions. RADEON XPRESS 200 is the only integrated
chipset currently listed by Microsoft that supports Windows Media Center
Edition 2005. Technology partners for the launch of RADEON XPRESS 200
for Intel include, Acer, Samsung, Asus, Gigabyte, MSI, Tul, Sapphire,
ECS, FIC, Shuttle and Jetway.

Acer, one of the largest PC brands in the world, has selected RADEON
XPRESS 200 for Intel for a forthcoming high performance PC.

"Consumers today increasingly demand their home PCs provide the perfect
blend of graphics performance, reliability and connectivity, while
remaining at an attractive price point", said Jackson Lin, VP of Digital
Display & DT Prod. BU, Acer Incorporated. "By selecting RADEON XPRESS
200, we provide our customers with best-of-breed platform technology
that easily meets their computing needs today, and ensures they have the
headroom to handle the next-generation."

Motherboards based on RADEON XPRESS 200 for Intel are now shipping from
Asus, with the newly introduced P5RD1-V multimedia platform.

"When designing a retail motherboard with wide appeal you need solid
platform technology as the foundation", said Joe Hsieh, Assistant Vice
President, ASUSTek Motherboard Business Unit. "With powerful onboard
DirectX 9 graphics and rich multimedia functionality, RADEON XPRESS 200
provides the P5RD1-V with a flexible, high performance chipset for home
PCs and media center platforms."

RADEON XPRESS 200 for Intel delivers ATI's next generation of industry
leading desktop integrated graphics. Based on RADEON X300 core
technology, users benefit from a variety of features including DirectX 9
vertex and pixel shaders, as well as improved anti-aliasing
capabilities. The graphics power of the RADEON X300 is backed up by
CATALYST, the most stable WHQL-certified graphics driver on the market
today. RADEON XPRESS 200 also provides investment protection for
consumers through supporting the latest Intel microprocessors, as well
as DDR2 667Mhz, the fastest memory performance available. With dedicated
video processing and support for new features like the LCD Enhancement
Engine, RADEON XPRESS 200 provides a no compromise visual experience for
users - with the best visual experience available for any integrated
chipset.

"With well over 15,000,000 chipsets shipped, ATI continues its tradition
of product and performance leadership with the RADEON XPRESS 200 for
Intel," said Phil Eisler, Senior Vice President and General Manager,
Chipset Business Unit. "With the release of our fourth generation Intel
chipset we continue to raise the bar for integrated graphics, and
deliver a true DirectX 9 visual experience that extends to all
real-world applications."

Additional motherboards and OEM platforms with RADEON XPRESS 200 for
Intel will be announced over the coming months. For more information
please visit www.ati.com.

About ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. is the world leader in the design and manufacture
of innovative 3D graphics 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 delivering
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 2004 revenues
of nearly US $2 billion, ATI has more than 2,700 employees in the
Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and
the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).

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Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change
without notice.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    ATI Technologies Inc.
    Jon Carvill, Public Relations Manager
    PC Business Unit
    (905) 882-2600, Ext. 8477
    jcarvill@ati.com
    or
    Other ATI Contacts:
    Porter Novelli Canada
    Derek Baker, Senior Consultant
    (416) 422-7158
    derek.baker@porternovelli.com
    or
    For investor relations support, please contact:
    ATI Technologies Inc.
    Janet Craig, Director, Investor Relations
    (905) 882-2600, Ext. 2631
    jcraig@ati.com