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Sound Blaster Live!, NOMAD and WebCam Go Product Lines First in a Series of Creative Solutions To Support Linux OS

MILPITAS, CA - December 16, 1999 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), the leading provider of multimedia solutions for personal entertainment and productivity, today announced expanded support for the Linux OS. Creative plans to include support in its popular line of Sound Blaster Live! audio cards and Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) Solutions.

Creative's PDE Internet Solutions include the NOMAD line of portable audio devices and the WebCam Go line or portable PC cameras. The award-winning Sound Blaster Live! audio solutions are designed to provide the ultimate in digital audio quality for and enhanced entertainment experience with music, games, MP3 downloads and other Internet audio solutions.

"Creative's announcement of support is a very positive step for the Linux community," said Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux. "Creative is helping to further entrench Linux as a commercial success by providing support for its branded products to the growing number of Linux users interested in high-quality PC audio and entertainment."

"We're excited to be offering support for the Linux OS in our most popular products," said Sim Wong Hoo, chairman and chief executive officer of Creative Technology Ltd. "Just last month we released our first open source driver for the Sound Blaster Live! family of cards running on all major Linux kernel versions and it has been embraced enthusiastically. Our Linux support is the next step in our long-term PDE strategy to continue enabling all consumers with the ability to expand the scope of personal computing to encompass the latest innovations in digital home entertainment technology."

Personal Digital Entertainment (PDE) Internet Solutions
Creative's new PDE Internet Solutions category is comprised of Internet devices, Internet applications and Internet services. Creative's PDE Internet Solutions leverage the power of the PC to create enhanced audio and video entertainment experiences. Creative's NOMAD, NOMAD II, WebCam Go, and LAVA! MusicVideo Player are all key components of Creative's PDE Internet solutions geared towards PC and Internet enthusiasts. Creative's family of PDE Internet solutions consists of:

  • PDE Internet Devices: Products that enhance the PC Internet experience and can function when detached from the PC such as Creative's Video Blaster Webcam Go and the entire line of NOMAD digital audio players
  • PDE Internet Applications: Software entertainment solutions like the LAVA! Player that enhance the entertainment experience when used in combination with Creative's Internet devices
  • PDE Internet Services: Creative plans to offer Internet services that complement both its PDE Internet Devices and applications

    Sound Blaster and Blaster are registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. in the U.S. and other countries.

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