LEXINGTON, Mass., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Number Nine Visual Technology Corp. (Nasdaq: NINE) and S3 Incorporated (Nasdaq: SIII), both leaders in the field of high-performance PC graphics technology, today jointly announced that business would continue as usual between the two firms, in lieu of S3's recently announcement to enter the Internet appliance and home networking markets. Both Number Nine and S3 agreed that the business partnership was strong and that the S3 announcement would not affect existing business dealings. "We value Number Nine as a partner and expect to continue business as usual," said Ken Potashner, President and CEO, S3 Incorporated. "S3 graphics chips have helped us to design fast, yet affordable graphics accelerators that have been popular with our customers," said Wally Smith, Number Nine's new Chief Executive Officer. "We look forward to continuing this long standing relationship." Number Nine's most recent family of accelerator cards is the SR9. Powered by the S3 Savage4(TM) processor, the SR9 is offered with models equipped with as much as 32-megabytes of memory. The SR9 provides pure 128-bit graphics processing for fast 2D acceleration, 32-bit 3D rendering, and 3D Texture Compression for a level of 3D image quality that sets a new standard for excellence. Second-generation MPEG2/DVD motion compensation also provides liquid-smooth, full-screen video playback, even on less powerful computers. The SR9 is bundled with Number Nine's advanced HawkEye(R) Display Control Utilities and custom, 3D accelerated display drivers for Windows 95 and Windows 98. Fully certified accelerated 3D support for Windows NT 4.0 is provided via Number Nine's OpenGL(R) ICD display drivers. The Savage4 powered SR9 accelerator card is establishing itself as a winner. The SR9 was the first delivered product to support the AGP 4X specification. Upcoming AGP 4X enabled computers will have the capacity to more than double the transfer rate of complex graphics. These systems will become pervasive later on this year. Additionally, the SR9 was the first product to demonstrate support for DVI, the new video interface specification that is expected to be the industry standard for the next generation of digital displays. More recently, Number Nine announced an important SR9 design win with a top international PC vendor. More design win announcements are eminent. About Number Nine Number Nine Visual Technology Corporation, http://www.nine.com , is a leading supplier of high-performance visual technology solutions, including video/graphics accelerator subsystems, chips and productivity-enhancing software. Number Nine is one of the first companies to offer its users drivers certified by Microsoft's Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL). The company is a pioneer in PC graphics, delivering the first 128-bit graphics accelerator, the first 256-color and 16.8 million-color cards, and four consecutive lines of 128-bit graphics chips and boards. Number Nine is a publicly-held company (Nasdaq: NINE) headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts, with research and development, sales and/or marketing offices in Munich, Germany and Redmond, Washington. About S3(R) Incorporated One of the largest suppliers of graphics and video accelerators in the world, S3(R) Incorporated has established itself as a market leader in technology excellence, core business strengths, strategic partnerships and worldwide reach. Building on these strengths, S3(R) is committed to delivering targeted products for the Personal Computer, Computing Integration and Consumer Appliance Markets. The S3 web site address is www.S3.com . Number Nine and HawkEye are registered trademarks of Number Nine Visual Technology Corporation. S3 and Savage4 are registered trademarks or trademarks of S3, Inc. All other trademarks are properties of their respective companies. All rights reserved. All specifications subject to change. This press release contains forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described herein, including, but not limited to such factors as are described under "Certain Factors That May Affect Future Results of Operations" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-Q for its first fiscal quarter 1999 ended April 3, 1999 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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