3Dlabs today announced a major breakthrough in graphics architecture:
Wildcat® Realizm technology. The architecture combines a next-generation Visual
Processing Unit (VPU) and a unique Vertex Scalability Unit (VSU).
A range of products based on the Wildcat Realizm architecture is expected to be
available mid-2004. Packed with more than 150 million transistors, the Wildcat Realizm VPU removes
any boundaries to running professional-grade shader programs to generate
cinematic-quality visuals in real time. Wildcat Realizm shatters the fragment
shader programmability limits of previous architectures by supporting up to a
quarter of a million instructions stored in virtual memory and offering advanced
flow control. Wildcat Realizm technology implements a full floating-point VPU
pipeline, with up to full 32-bit floating point per component accuracy and
direct display of floating point pixels – an industry first.

The Wildcat Realizm VSU provides extreme geometry performance while enabling a
dual-VPU configuration to provide unmatched high-end graphics solutions. The
Wildcat Realizm VSU receives graphics commands at full bandwidth from a 16 lane
PCI Express interface and processes vertices with an incredible 67 billion
floating point operations per second in a powerful SIMD (Single Instruction
Multiple Data) array of highly optimized vector processors. The VSU is then able
to drive two VPUs at full bandwidth over a 8.4GB/sec interface while optimally
distributing graphical primitives between the two VPUs to achieve a genuine
doubling of both geometry and fill-rate performance.

3Dlabs Inc., Ltd., a leading innovator in professional visual processing,
today announced at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) 2004 trade
show in Las Vegas, Nevada, a major breakthrough in graphics architecture:
Wildcat® Realizm? technology. The architecture combines a next-generation Visual
Processing Unit (VPU) and a unique Vertex Scalability Unit (VSU). These work
together to enable a software-compatible family of graphics accelerators ranging
from a single VPU AGP 8x solution to a unique dual-VPU configuration, which
takes full advantage of the enhanced bandwidth of PCI Express. Wildcat Realizm
is specifically designed to provide unmatched graphics productivity for CAD, DCC
and visualization professionals. It represents a significant advancement in
accelerating industrial-strength shader programs written in high-level shading
languages such as the OpenGL® Shading Language and Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 HLSL.
A range of products based on the Wildcat Realizm architecture is expected to be
available mid-2004. 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology
Ltd. (NASDAQ: CREAF).

"3Dlabs revolutionized the workstation graphics industry when it delivered the
first compiler-friendly VPU and initiated the creation of the OpenGL Shading
Language," said Hock Leow, president of 3Dlabs. "Wildcat Realizm technology
builds on that significant innovation by creating a uniquely scalable
architecture with unmatched programmability. Our innovative VSU outperforms
ordinary PCI Express bridge chips by adding significant geometry processing
power and supporting multiple VPUs to enable high-level shader programs that
deliver new levels of professional productivity."

Packed with more than 150 million transistors, the Wildcat Realizm VPU removes
any boundaries to running professional-grade shader programs to generate
cinematic-quality visuals in real time. Wildcat Realizm shatters the fragment
shader programmability limits of previous architectures by supporting up to a
quarter of a million instructions stored in virtual memory and offering advanced
flow control. Wildcat Realizm technology implements a full floating-point VPU
pipeline, with up to full 32-bit floating point per component accuracy and
direct display of floating point pixels – an industry first.

The Wildcat Realizm VSU provides extreme geometry performance while enabling a
dual-VPU configuration to provide unmatched high-end graphics solutions. The
Wildcat Realizm VSU receives graphics commands at full bandwidth from a 16 lane
PCI Express interface and processes vertices with an incredible 67 billion
floating point operations per second in a powerful SIMD (Single Instruction
Multiple Data) array of highly optimized vector processors. The VSU is then able
to drive two VPUs at full bandwidth over a 8.4GB/sec interface while optimally
distributing graphical primitives between the two VPUs to achieve a genuine
doubling of both geometry and fill-rate performance.

"Wildcat Realizm technology will significantly advance the flexibility and
complexity of graphics VPUs, to enable higher quality images and interactivity,"
said Woll Newall, product manager at LightWork Design. "By working closely with
3Dlabs we have ensured that LightWork’s Real-time provides the perfect solution
for application developers to take best advantage of these advances."

"Hands down, the new Wildcat Realizm technology is truly an amazing engineering
feat and incredible to see in action," said Antony Hervo, solution partner
manager at SolidWorks Corporation. "SolidWorks® 2004 RealView customers can
realize maximum speed and raw power when they team the OpenGL Shading Language
and 3Dlabs’ Wildcat Realizm technology together."

"Maya professionals require power, pixel accuracy and an unencumbered outlet for
creativity," said Rob Hoffmann, senior Maya manager for Alias. "3Dlabs has a
history of exceptional products that deliver the performance our customers
require. Based on that history, we can’t wait to see the performance, quality
and functionality that Wildcat Realizm technology has for high performance
graphics professionals."

Wildcat Realizm Features and Benefits

AGP 8x and PCI Express Support: Built with every graphics professional in mind,
3Dlabs Wildcat Realizm technology will be available for both AGP and PCI Express
systems.

Flexible Floating-Point Processing: Wildcat Realizm technology can process up to
128-bit pixels with full 32-bit floating point per component accuracy for the
highest color fidelity. 128-bit pixels can be seamlessly converted to and from
64-bit pixels with 16-bit floating point per component accuracy that provides a
full floating-point computing environment with optimized storage requirements.

Compiler-friendly SIMD Architecture: Wildcat Realizm’s processor resources are
organized in regular and orthogonal SIMD arrays to ensure that 3Dlabs’ compliers
produce efficient code that runs the most advanced shading programs.

Virtual Shader Program Storage: The largest shader programs can be effortlessly
compiled and executed with Wildcat Realizm technology’s massive program size
limits of up to 256K of instructions stored in virtual memory.

Efficient Hierarchical Z-buffer: Hierarchical Z-buffer culling rapidly
determines which pixels are displayed or hidden so the processor does not waste
clock cycles rendering portions of the scene that are not visible.

Sophisticated Texture Access: The Wildcat Realizm VPU can access up to 32
textures simultaneously to enable highly sophisticated fragment shader programs
to be written that efficiently process a large number of inputs in a single
pass.

Performance-boosting DirectBurst? Technology: The Wildcat Realizm VSU supports
onboard DirectBurst memory that transparently stores rendering commands and
geometry data on the graphics accelerator to significantly accelerate any
geometry-intensive application.
Hardware-accelerated Imaging Pipeline: Wildcat Realizm technology features an
imaging pipeline that is completely hardware accelerated to avoid image
processing bottlenecks.

Extended Virtual Memory: Wildcat Realizm technology supports an extended virtual
memory space up to 256 GB for leveraging the capabilities of 64-bit systems.
With full-demand paging, designers can seamlessly manipulate larger models
faster than before.

Multiple High-resolution Displays: Wildcat Realizm supports up to two,
high-bandwidth dual-link DVI-I outputs that are ideal for driving multiple
high-quality professional displays from a single graphics accelerator including
today’s high-end 9.2 Megapixel displays.

Multiview Capabilities: Wildcat Realizm technology integrates 3Dlabs’
fifth-generation Multiview Genlock and Framelock capabilities for seamless
synchronization and edge blending between displays and systems for visual
simulation, virtual reality and broadcast applications.

Comprehensive Operating System Support: Wildcat Realizm also offers support for
both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms running Windows® and Linux® operating systems.