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New PCI Design Offers High-Quality Digital Audio and Support for Environmental Audio in Games

MILPITAS, CA - June 7, 1999 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ:CREAF), the world's leading provider of multimedia products for the PC, today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:CPQ) will make available to consumers and small and medium business customers the Sound Blaster AudioPCI 128 solution in select Presario and Prosignia models. The Sound Blaster AudioPCI 128 is a custom-designed, PCI digital audio solution based on technology from Creative that provides the user with a more compelling audio experience in games, Internet audio, music and presentations. The Sound Blaster AudioPCI 128 offers broad compatibility with support for DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT and Environmental Audio in games with EAX (Environmental Audio Extensions) support.

This recent design win underscores Creative's continued ability to meet the needs of OEM's with customized solutions that provide high-quality and performance. With its industry-standard audio solutions - cost effective audio chipsets to advanced high-performance digital processors - Creative has the right combination of industry-leading technology, price and performance to offer OEMs the differentiation they need in the competitive PC market.

"It's highly-rewarding to see our new audio solutions being chosen by top OEMs like Compaq," said John Troutman, vice president of OEM Sales and Marketing at Creative. "We put a tremendous amount of effort into the design of solutions that specifically meet the needs of discriminating consumers. The Sound Blaster AudioPCI 128 is a great example of our custom design abilities."

Sound Blaster AudioPCI 128
For Compaq consumer and small and medium business customers, the Sound Blaster AudioPCI 128 offers a wide range of features designed to create an exciting and immersive audio experience. Based on the ES1373 chip, this broadly compatible solution is AC97 compliant and offers support for DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT and Environmental Audio Extensions. With 128-note polyphony, multiple reverb effects, chorus and 3-D Positional audio algorithms, PC users will be impressed with the exceptional sound quality when listening to audio-enabled applications or playing their favorite games. It also includes the Sound Blaster PCI standard - ensuring near perfect compatibility with legacy DOS games without the need of the ISA bus or PCI side band signals.

Features and Benefits of SB AudioPCI 128

  • DirectSound Acceleration Support: includes support for DirectSound offering improved overall performance and audio quality.
  • Support for Environmental Audio Extensions: supports 3D Positional Audio via DirectSound and support for Creative's Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX) 1.0 for DirectSound, DirectSound3D and A3D. Top game developers continue to support EAX with over 48 titles available now and more in development.
  • Advanced Wave Table Synthesis: 128-note polyphony for PCI wave-table synthesis and sound effects such as reverb, chorus bass and treble. This results in music reproduction that is far more realistic.
  • Sound Blaster 16 Legacy: offers industry-standard support for broad compatibility with MS-DOS titles including support for thousands of legacy games.

Support for Environmental Audio Extensions
Creative's Environmental Audio Extensions (EAX) are property sets that extend Microsoft's DirectSound and DirectSound 3D. Top game developers are supporting Environmental Audio through Creative's widely-adopted open API - EAX. For a complete list of titles that support Environmental Audio please check our Web site at: https://www.soundblaster.com/eaudio/games/

For PC users who enjoy composing their own music and desire high-quality performance, the Sound Blaster AudioPCI 128 provides support for 2MB, 4MB and 8MB sample sets. This solution also provides the ability to record audio with a digital output - a feature formerly available only on the highest-end retail solutions from Creative.

This announcement relates to products being launched in the United States of America. The product names, contents, prices and availability may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements.

Sound Blaster and Blaster are registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd. All other products mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such. Compaq, Presario and Prosignia are registered trademarks of Compaq Computer Corporation.

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