3Dlabs Introduces New High-end Wildcat4 AGP 8x-optimized Professional Graphics

10/23/2002 - 3Dlabs® introduced two new Wildcat4 products into its high- and ultra high-end Wildcat® professional graphics accelerator line to increase the performance and visual quality of AGP 8x-based workstations. The new Wildcat4TM 7210 and Wildcat4 7110 graphics accelerators, available next month from leading OEM systems manufacturers, deliver up to 32 percent higher graphics performance than any other currently shipping card used for high-end CAD and DCC, advanced video compositing, and HDTV editing.

"Design professionals working in graphics-intensive environments can step-up to the Wildcat4 and get the same great features and quality of the Wildcat III, but with impressive increases in performance and AGP 8x interface support," said Jerry Peterson, executive vice president and general manager of 3Dlabs workstation division. "The increased bandwidth of the AGP 8x bus coupled with Wildcat4 will significantly enhance 3D visualization on the desktop. It doesn’t get any better or faster than this."

Wildcat4 technology takes complete advantage of the new AGP 8x interface standard, transferring 2GB of graphics information per second between the graphics card and system. The Wildcat4 architecture also combines geometry and raster engines into a single, high-performance, high-bandwidth, integrated processor for today’s best professional graphics performance on the desktop.

The Wildcat4 graphics products are available next month in leading systems running Microsoft® Windows® 2000 and WindowsTM XP. Both cards feature custom drivers for AutoCAD and 3ds maxTM. 3Dlabs also plans to introduce its own 3D-optimized Linux® drivers for the Wildcat4 family.

The Wildcat4 Family
Wildcat4 continues 3Dlabs’ tradition of offering high-end features and quality for unmatched designer productivity. There are two Wildcat4 models: the ultra high-end Wildcat4 7210 with a total of 384MB of on-board memory—the first AGP8x add-in board to offer this capacity—and the high-end Wildcat4 7110 with an impressive 256 MB total on-board memory.

Wildcat4 – Best Performance for CAD & DCC Applications
The new Wildcat4 series offers outstanding, real-world application performance for both CAD and DCC applications. In Pro/E®, Unigraphics®, SolidWorks® and Solid Edge® – the Wildcat4 is up to 32 percent faster when compared to the nearest competitor on SPECapc® benchmarks. Wildcat4 also excels in SPECapcTM real-world application performance benchmarks in 3ds max, scoring up to 19 percent faster than the nearest competitor.

About 3Dlabs
3Dlabs, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd., supplies graphics accelerator solutions to a broad range of professionals including the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation markets. Its award-winning OxygenTM and Wildcat® graphics are available in the industry's leading OEM workstations, to the channel through an international distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs' online store.

About Creative
Creative is the worldwide leader in digital entertainment products for users of the personal computer and the Internet. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed NOMAD® Jukebox. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment — anytime, anywhere.

3Dlab, Oxygen Wildcat4 and Wildcat are trademarks or registered trademarks of 3Dlabs Ltd., 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd. or 3Dlabs (Alabama) Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Sound Blaster is a registered trademark of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and/or other countries. NOMAD is a registered trademark of Aonix and is used by Creative Technology Ltd. and/or its affiliates under license.

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