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Dxr3 Decoder Board Delivers Cinema-Quality Video for the Ultimate Experience in PC-DVD Technology and Performance

MILPITAS, Calif. - December 9, 1999 - Creative Technology Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF), the leading provider of multimedia solutions for personal entertainment, today announced that Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) will offer the Creative DxrTM3 Decoder board as a standard upgrade for Compaq's commercial line of Deskpro PCs and Professional Workstations. The Dxr3 decoder board is the latest offering in Creative's award winning line of PC-DVD Encore solutions. The Dxr3 decoder board delivers impeccable image quality and provides enhanced processing of color video at high resolutions on the PC or TV.

The Creative Dxr3 Decoder board features DynamicXtended ResolutionTM (Dxr3) picture enhancement technology for playback of high-definition video with sharper full-screen video PC images. Dxr3's advanced architecture elevates video quality to the next level. Key features include 6-tap filtering and scaling techniques virtually eliminating "combing" effects that may appear around moving objects to deliver sharp, clean video images. Creative's hardware-based DVD/Dolby decoder works on a Pentium 166 MHz PC, provides greater clarity over other MPEG-2 decoders and is more efficient than software-based DVD decoders.

"Creative's award-winning Dxr3 picture-enhancement technology creates superior visual quality on PCs," said John Troutman, vice president & general manager of Creative Labs, Malvern. "The Creative Dxr3 Decoder card will allow Compaq's commercial PC users an opportunity to experience state-of-the-art high definition video."

"Corporate customers are increasingly demanding the latest DVD technology and MPEG playback for applications such as video training," stated Naila Seif, Director of Product Marketing, Desktop PC Division at Compaq. "With the Dxr3 Decoder card and Compaq's 10X DVD-ROM or 6X Slimline DVD-ROM products, Compaq now provides a leading-edge DVD solution to meet our customers' evolving performance requirements. Compaq and Creative Labs bring together technological leadership for a total customer solution."

Additional Features and Benefits

  • Dxr3 Picture Enhancement - With resolutions up to 1600x1200 and advanced imaging techniques, the Dxr3 card produces unimaginably sharp images on the PC;
  • Graphics Adapter Technology - Dxr3 works with the graphics adapter to eliminate the need to adjust the PC monitor's resolution when watching movies on the PC;
  • Dolby Digital Audio Component - Listen to cinema-like Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio by connecting to the Cambridge SoundWorks DeskTop Theater 5.1 speaker system or a Dolby Digital amplifier/receiver;
  • Advanced Video Color Processing - Color video processor fully utilizes the on-board 24-bit DAC for sharper images and crystal clear displays.

    For more information on Creative's entire line of multimedia solutions for the PC, please visit our web site at www.creative.com.

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    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.

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