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Creative's New Feature-Rich 32MB 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra Delivers Sizzling Performance and Extraordinary Graphics

MILPITAS, Calif. - May 10, 1999 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), the renowned innovator of market-leading multimedia solutions for personal entertainment, today announced the addition of an extraordinary new 32MB graphics card to its award-winning 3D Blaster family of products. Creative's new 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra is the fastest graphics accelerator built to date - combining exceptional performance and outstanding image quality.

Based on NVIDIA's powerful new RIVA TNT2 processor, the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra combines 128-bit architectures and a patented TwiN-Texel dual-pipeline 3D rendering engine to deliver unrivaled power and performance for exceptional gameplay. The 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra also supports exceedingly high resolutions and refresh rates with 32MB of high-performance Synchronous Memory and a 300 MHz DAC for pixel perfect color.

"With the introduction of the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra, we have significantly enhanced our product line-up by providing the fastest 2D/3D graphics acceleration now available," said Steve Mosher, vice president, graphics business for Creative. "By combining NVIDIA's awesome RIVA TNT2 technology and Creative's proprietary drivers and utilities, Creative is setting the standard for an unprecedented gaming experience."

Manufactured with the hardcore gamer and technology enthusiast in mind, the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra offers high-performance acceleration for ultra-fast gameplay. The advanced design of this card, including custom-designed heat-dissipating PCB and active cooling, provides a comprehensive platform for gaming with one of the most complete 3D rendering engines found on any PC-based accelerator. Critical features such as full 32-bit color rendering, multiple textures and textures as large as 2048x2048, bump-mapping, full-screen anti-aliasing, and stencil buffering deliver unmatched gaming performance and compelling 3D images.

"NVIDIA and Creative have been working diligently to deliver this superior 3D graphics solution to the gaming community," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. "With Creative's ability to provide superior products and customer support, and our industry-leading RIVA TNT2 processor, the 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra is the graphics accelerator of choice for gaming enthusiasts who demand nothing less than superior performance and speed."

The 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra supports software DVD decoders with hardware-based color and pixel format conversion. The 128-bit graphics engine guarantees exceptional game play, while programmable gamma tables optimize image-quality for both text and image-based applications. An S-Video connector delivers high-quality NTSC and PAL signals to televisions. There is also a video extension connector which allows users to add hardware support for new features such as Creative's Dynamic Extended Resolution (Dxr3) for hardware-based PC-DVD playback.

Additional Features and Benefits

  • Analog monitor connector supports all popular standard VGA and multi-frequency monitors
  • TV-out enables users to experience high-performance 3D gaming by connecting a PC to their big-screen TV
  • Customized drivers and utilities, developed by Creative's own Graphics Development Team, offer a wide range of benefits to its customers including local technical support, dedicated field engineers, frequent driver updates and new features and effects
  • Includes Colorific and 3Deep, from Sonnetech, Ltd., two key software packages designed to ensure that every game and critical desktop application runs with perfect color calibration

Pricing and Availability
Creative's 3D Blaster RIVA TNT2 Ultra will be available in May through its extensive distribution and retail network at an estimated street price of US$229.99

This announcement relates to products whose launch are 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.

3D Blaster is a trademark of Creative Technology Ltd. in the U.S. and other countries.

NVIDIA and the NVIDIA logo are trademarks of NVIDIA Corporation.

All other products mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners and are hereby recognized as such.

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