3Dfx Interactive Blasts COMDEX with Voodoo3 Debut And Four Voodoo Banshee PC-OEM Announcements
Blistering Voodoo3 Technology Delivers Record 3D and 2D Performance;
Voodoo Banshee Penetrates Deeper into Mass-Market PC Entertainment
LAS VEGAS, COMDEX, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- 3Dfx Interactive(R) Inc. (Nasdaq: TDFX) marked the opening of COMDEX today with a series of far- reaching industry announcements led by the debut of its new Voodoo3(TM) product family, designed to deliver the world's fastest 3D and 2D performance and to drive ultra high-definition displays. The company also announced several strategic PC-OEM relationships that will deliver Voodoo Banshee(TM) graphics worldwide to consumers purchasing PCs from Tiny Computers, CyberMax, Pionex Technologies and Quantex Microsystems. Voodoo3: Designed for Next-Generation Content Headlining 3Dfx Interactive's COMDEX news is the unveiling of the Voodoo3 product family, a range of integrated single chips that expand on the award- winning Voodoo2(TM) and Voodoo Banshee architecture. The first members of the product family, which will be commercially available the second quarter of 1999, include the pin-compatible Voodoo3 2000 for the PC-OEM market and the Voodoo3 3000 for the retail add-in-board market. (See today's related announcement.) "In 1999, 3D will become a standard feature in PCs aimed at every consumer -- and 3Dfx will deliver the technology to make it happen," said Greg Ballard, president and chief executive officer for 3Dfx Interactive. "Today's debut of Voodoo3 is proof positive that 3Dfx has designed the ultimate consumer entertainment platform. And, our exciting Voodoo Banshee OEM relationships bear out our vision to make 3Dfx the technology of choice for mainstream 3D at every price point." In related news, 3Dfx announced its manufacturing partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), has set a record for its rapid delivery of the first samples of Voodoo3. The highly integrated architecture of the new .25 micron Voodoo3 chip makes TSMC's breakneck, 19-day delivery of the first lots of silicon particularly significant. (See today's related announcement.) Voodoo Banshee Ships in Several PC Brands In other news today, 3Dfx Interactive announced that Voodoo Banshee, its acclaimed high-performance integrated 3D and 2D graphics chip designed for mass-market applications, has been chosen as the graphics technology of several new PC models from leading manufacturers. In addition to the Gateway OEM win unveiled last week, Voodoo Banshee, the Ziff-Davis Business Graphics Winbench(R) 99 leader, will be featured in CyberMax, Tiny Computers, Pionex Technologies and Quantex Microsystems. * CyberMax announced that its first line of Internet-ready PCs, called the Enthusiast(TM) PC line, will debut with Voodoo Banshee. * Pionex Technologies will incorporate Voodoo Banshee into the Pionex Elite(TM) personal computer designed to meet the needs of the power user and multimedia enthusiast. * Quantex Microsystems, a leader in direct channel sales and marketing for PCs, will feature Voodoo Banshee in its Quantex SM-Series performance PCs. * Tiny Computers, the largest PC manufacturer in the United Kingdom, will incorporate Voodoo Banshee in their Power Gamer and Ultra Performance PC systems. Additionally, 3Dfx announced today that Voodoo has passed Microsoft Corporation's(R) Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) testing and is qualified to use the "Designed for Microsoft Windows" logo. Logo qualification means 3Dfx OEMs can more rapidly bring to market PCs based on the Voodoo Banshee integrated chip, while assuring consumers that they meet WHQL's comprehensive compatibility tests. (See today's related announcement.) About 3Dfx Interactive 3Dfx Interactive develops high-performance, cost-effective 3D media processors, software and related technology that are designed to enable a highly immersive, interactive and realistic 3D experience across interactive electronic entertainment platforms -- personal computers, coin-operated arcade systems and location-based entertainment. Current 3Dfx Interactive products include the Voodoo(TM) family of accelerator chip sets, Voodoo2, Voodoo Graphics(R) and Voodoo Banshee. Visit the company on the Web at http://www.3dfx.com. Certain of the statements in this press release, including the statements relating to the Company's expectations for sampling, commercial and shipping availability of the Voodoo3 family products and the availability of third- party PC incorporating 3Dfx's products, are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, manufacturing and other delays relating to new products, difficulties in the fabrication process and dependence of the Company on third party manufacturers, general industry trends, including cyclical trends in the PC and semiconductor industries, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, market acceptance of the Company's new products, the Company's dependence on third party developers and publishers, and the Company's dependence on PC OEM design wins and the ability of the PC OEMs to bring their products to market. Investors are advised to read the Company's annual and quarterly reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those sections entitled "Factors Affecting Operating Results," for a fuller discussion of such risks and uncertainties. 3Dfx Interactive, Glide, and Voodoo Graphics are registered trademarks. 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