ATI's Catalyst® 3.0 Unified Driver Shatters Boundaries and Enables New Levels of Visual Realism
ATI first to market with full Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0
hardware and software solution
Friday, December 20, 2002
Markham, Ontario - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY, NASDAQ:ATYT)
continues to be at the forefront of the graphics industry
with the first fully supported Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 software
driver. Catalyst® 3.0's support for Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0
delivers highly optimized shader code, propelling end-users
to new levels of on-screen graphic realism.
ATI is the only accelerated graphics vendor to provide a complete
Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 solution - including hardware and
software - with Catalyst 3.0 and its Radeon® 9500 PRO, Radeon®
9500, Radeon® 9700 PRO and Radeon® 9700 visual processing
products. Catalyst 3.0, a unified software suite also supports
ATI's entire line of Radeon-based desktop graphics products,
including the Radeon® 7000 series, Radeon® 8000 series, and
Radeon® 9000 series.
"Today's Catalyst 3.0 release is a testament to ATI's close
working relationship with Microsoft," said Rick Bergman, Senior
Vice President and General Manager, Desktop Business Unit,
ATI Technologies Inc. "ATI is committed to providing end users
with cutting edge software technology that delivers cinematic
quality and industry-leading, rock-solid stability."
Catalyst 3.0 is Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) certified
for ATI's entire line of Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 products
including Radeon® 9500 PRO, Radeon® 9500, Radeon® 9700 PRO
and Radeon® 9700. WHQL certification for the remainder of
ATI's Radeon-based desktop graphics products, including the
Radeon® 7000 series, Radeon® 8000 series, and Radeon® 9000
series, will follow shortly.
ATI's newest unified driver release Catalyst 3.0, and Microsoft®
DirectX® 9.0 showcase can be found at http://www.ati.com.
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