Xi Graphics Teams Up With ATI to Support New RADEON(TM) Cards; Generate Highest OpenGL Performance Available on PC Hardware Running Linux

Nov 10, 2000, 00:00 ET from Xi Graphics Inc.

    DENVER, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Xi Graphics Inc., a six-year-old privately
 held firm that specializes in premium graphics support software for Linux and
 UNIX(R) systems, announced today the release of Linux graphics support for two
 members of the RADEON(TM) family of graphics cards -- the RADEON(TM) 32 MB DDR
 and the RADEON(TM) 64MB DDR from ATI Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:   ATYT), a world
 leader in graphics accelerators.
     The new Linux driver is now available in Xi Graphics' current Linux
 Graphics Driver v1.1 product line to support the highly acclaimed RADEON
 cards.  The new line of cards is ATI's high performance graphics solution for
 performance oriented consumer and commercial platforms, and are powered by
 ATI's RADEON Graphics Processing Unit or GPU.  The new RADEON Linux Graphics
 Driver (LGD) from Xi Graphics -- available for download from Xi Graphics ftp
 site -- provides OpenGL-compliant 3D support as well as exceptionally fast
 2D support.
     The downloadable LGD is in demo mode; a License Key can be purchased
 on-line from Xi Graphics' Web site for $89 that unlocks the timing mechanism
 in the driver, making it final product.  In addition, License Key owners of
 the v1.1 RADEON drivers can download and unlock an alpha of the upcoming
 v2.0 of the RADEON driver that is scheduled to be released today.  (Purchasers
 of v1.1 RADEON LGDs will be entitled to free upgrades to v2.0 when it is
 released as production product).
     "The RADEON cards are very impressive," remarked Jon Trulson, Xi Graphics'
 Engineering Manager.  "Coupled with v2.0 of our new X server and OpenGL
 rendering pipeline, the performance numbers we are getting are truly amazing.
 They beat NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS numbers in most of the tests, a feat that we
 didn't think would be accomplished for some time with Linux," Trulson
 continued.  "With the upcoming Linux 2.4 kernel, the numbers will improve even
 more."
     ViewPerf and x11perf benchmark results and additional information about
 the v1.1 and v2.0 (alpha) RADEON Linux Graphics Drivers are available from Xi
 Graphics' Web site at www.xig.com, along with comparisons of RADEON and
 NVIDIA's GeForce2 GTS(TM) cards.  Limited RADEON benchmark numbers are
 included below.
     "ATI's support of Xi Graphics further demonstrates our commitment to
 become the leading hardware graphics vendor for Linux and help to ensure its
 success," said Kevin Oerton, Director Technical Marketing, ATI.  Technical and
 pricing information on the new RADEON product line is available from ATI's Web
 site at www.ati.com.
     Selected RADEON 64MB DDR Benchmarks in the table below were run on an
 866MHz system using both 3D Accelerated-X v1.1 and an alpha of
 3D Accelerated-X v2.0.  The results of ViewPerf tests were, at 32bpp:
 
                          For v1.1            For v2.0 alpha
     Awadvs-04            6.86                52.01
     DRV-07               1.20                10.92
     DX-06                1.55                18.72
     Light-04             0.61                3.69
     MedMCAD-01           2.25                14.83
     ProCDRS-03           2.62                16.78
 
     About Xi Graphics Inc.
     Xi Graphics Inc. provides premier graphics system software for Linux and
 Unix operating systems.  Founded in 1994, Xi Graphics is a privately held
 corporation located in Denver, Colo.  Xi Graphics provides retail products
 sold direct and through resellers and OEM's worldwide.  Products include free
 customer support via phone and e-mail.  For more information, contact Xi
 Graphics at 800-946-7433 or visit their Web site at www.xig.com.
     Xi Graphics is a member of the Video Electronics Standards Association,
 The Open Group's X Project Team and a member of the board of Linux
 International.  Xi Graphics' innovative systems software enables Linux and
 UNIX to run on desktops, Laptops and Multi-head configurations with 2D and
 3D hardware acceleration.
 
     About ATI Technologies Inc.
     ATI Technologies Inc., the world's largest supplier of 3D graphics and
 multimedia technology, designs, manufactures and markets innovative and
 award-winning multimedia solutions and graphics components for the personal
 computer, set-top box, consumer electronics appliance and e-appliance markets.
 An ISO 9002 company, ATI is the world's leading supplier of video and 2D/3D
 graphics accelerators to OEM and retail customers.  Founded in 1985, ATI
 employs more than 1,800 people at headquarters in Thornhill, Ontario, and in
 offices in the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland,
 Barbados, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong.  ATI is a public company whose shares
 trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.
 
 

SOURCE Xi Graphics Inc.
    DENVER, Nov. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Xi Graphics Inc., a six-year-old privately
 held firm that specializes in premium graphics support software for Linux and
 UNIX(R) systems, announced today the release of Linux graphics support for two
 members of the RADEON(TM) family of graphics cards -- the RADEON(TM) 32 MB DDR
 and the RADEON(TM) 64MB DDR from ATI Technologies Inc. (Nasdaq:   ATYT), a world
 leader in graphics accelerators.
     The new Linux driver is now available in Xi Graphics' current Linux
 Graphics Driver v1.1 product line to support the highly acclaimed RADEON
 cards.  The new line of cards is ATI's high performance graphics solution for
 performance oriented consumer and commercial platforms, and are powered by
 ATI's RADEON Graphics Processing Unit or GPU.  The new RADEON Linux Graphics
 Driver (LGD) from Xi Graphics -- available for download from Xi Graphics ftp
 site -- provides OpenGL-compliant 3D support as well as exceptionally fast
 2D support.
     The downloadable LGD is in demo mode; a License Key can be purchased
 on-line from Xi Graphics' Web site for $89 that unlocks the timing mechanism
 in the driver, making it final product.  In addition, License Key owners of
 the v1.1 RADEON drivers can download and unlock an alpha of the upcoming
 v2.0 of the RADEON driver that is scheduled to be released today.  (Purchasers
 of v1.1 RADEON LGDs will be entitled to free upgrades to v2.0 when it is
 released as production product).
     "The RADEON cards are very impressive," remarked Jon Trulson, Xi Graphics'
 Engineering Manager.  "Coupled with v2.0 of our new X server and OpenGL
 rendering pipeline, the performance numbers we are getting are truly amazing.
 They beat NVIDIA GeForce2 GTS numbers in most of the tests, a feat that we
 didn't think would be accomplished for some time with Linux," Trulson
 continued.  "With the upcoming Linux 2.4 kernel, the numbers will improve even
 more."
     ViewPerf and x11perf benchmark results and additional information about
 the v1.1 and v2.0 (alpha) RADEON Linux Graphics Drivers are available from Xi
 Graphics' Web site at www.xig.com, along with comparisons of RADEON and
 NVIDIA's GeForce2 GTS(TM) cards.  Limited RADEON benchmark numbers are
 included below.
     "ATI's support of Xi Graphics further demonstrates our commitment to
 become the leading hardware graphics vendor for Linux and help to ensure its
 success," said Kevin Oerton, Director Technical Marketing, ATI.  Technical and
 pricing information on the new RADEON product line is available from ATI's Web
 site at www.ati.com.
     Selected RADEON 64MB DDR Benchmarks in the table below were run on an
 866MHz system using both 3D Accelerated-X v1.1 and an alpha of
 3D Accelerated-X v2.0.  The results of ViewPerf tests were, at 32bpp:
 
                          For v1.1            For v2.0 alpha
     Awadvs-04            6.86                52.01
     DRV-07               1.20                10.92
     DX-06                1.55                18.72
     Light-04             0.61                3.69
     MedMCAD-01           2.25                14.83
     ProCDRS-03           2.62                16.78
 
     About Xi Graphics Inc.
     Xi Graphics Inc. provides premier graphics system software for Linux and
 Unix operating systems.  Founded in 1994, Xi Graphics is a privately held
 corporation located in Denver, Colo.  Xi Graphics provides retail products
 sold direct and through resellers and OEM's worldwide.  Products include free
 customer support via phone and e-mail.  For more information, contact Xi
 Graphics at 800-946-7433 or visit their Web site at www.xig.com.
     Xi Graphics is a member of the Video Electronics Standards Association,
 The Open Group's X Project Team and a member of the board of Linux
 International.  Xi Graphics' innovative systems software enables Linux and
 UNIX to run on desktops, Laptops and Multi-head configurations with 2D and
 3D hardware acceleration.
 
     About ATI Technologies Inc.
     ATI Technologies Inc., the world's largest supplier of 3D graphics and
 multimedia technology, designs, manufactures and markets innovative and
 award-winning multimedia solutions and graphics components for the personal
 computer, set-top box, consumer electronics appliance and e-appliance markets.
 An ISO 9002 company, ATI is the world's leading supplier of video and 2D/3D
 graphics accelerators to OEM and retail customers.  Founded in 1985, ATI
 employs more than 1,800 people at headquarters in Thornhill, Ontario, and in
 offices in the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland,
 Barbados, Malaysia, Japan and Hong Kong.  ATI is a public company whose shares
 trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.
 
 SOURCE  Xi Graphics Inc.