Sun XVR-1200 Graphics Accelerator Powered by 3Dlabs Wildcat Technology

4/17/2003 - 3Dlabs® Inc., Ltd., a leading innovator in professional visual processing, announced that its Wildcat® technology is powering the Sun® XVR-1200 graphics accelerator. The Sun XVR-1200 card is available for Sun BladeTM 2000 workstations and Sun FireTM 6800 servers from Sun Microsystems®, Inc. 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq: CREAF).

“3Dlabs and Sun have successfully combined their core competencies on a number of collaborations that have brought extremely high-quality workstation products to professional graphics users,” said Dr. Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Research, the leading market research firm in graphics. “The Sun Blade 2000 workstation with Sun XVR-1200 graphics exemplifies the most outstanding technological innovation we've seen from this dynamic duo to date which is in a segment we are forecasting to be worth $500 million in 2003 and growing to $700 million by 2005.”

With 416 MB of total onboard memory and its unique dual pipeline architecture, the Sun XVR-1200 graphics accelerator achieves up to five times the geometric performance and over four times the texture mapping performance of its predecessor, the Sun® Expert3D graphics accelerator.

“With a compelling 5x increase in visual processing performance, the Sun XVR-1200 graphics card within Sun Blade 2000 workstations is a tremendous time saver,” said Jerry Peterson, executive vice president and general manager of 3Dlabs workstation division. “By leveraging 3Dlabs’ world-class graphics technology and industry leading 416 MB of total onboard memory, the Sun XVR-1200 graphics accelerator can easily tackle the toughest, most memory intensive MCAD, DCC, or GIS projects.”

The Sun Blade 2000 workstation with Sun XVR-1200 graphics includes optimized interfaces and drivers for maximum performance in the Sun Solaris® Operating System. As a Wildcat graphics-based solution equipped with multiview and genlock support, the Sun XVR-1200 graphics accelerator, is ideally suited for geographic information systems (GIS), mechanical computer-aided design (MCAD), digital content creators (DCC), and visual simulation professionals.

“The performance boost we’ve already seen with this graphics card, and the initial feedback we’re hearing from beta sites, demonstrates that the solid relationship we have with 3Dlabs has yielded yet another great result,” said Shahin Khan, vice president high performance and technical computing business unit at Sun Microsystems, Inc.”

About 3Dlabs
3Dlabs, a leading innovator in professional visual processing, supplies a broad range of graphics accelerators to Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation professionals. Its award-winning Wildcat graphics solutions are available in industry-leading OEM workstations, in the channel through an international distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs' online store. For more information on 3Dlabs products, visit 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.

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