ATI today announced the release of a major upgrade to Catalyst™, ATI’s
comprehensive software suite that enhances the company’s portfolio of
high-performance graphics processors. The publicly available Catalyst 5.6
represents a number of firsts in graphics software including a real-time video
preview with on-the-fly adjustments, monthly software upgrades for notebook PCs
and plug-and-play HDTV connectivity. Addressing a range of market segments and
user needs, Catalyst 5.6 delivers on a commitment to offer certified software
with the highest levels of stability, performance and ease of use. End users are
now able to download the latest Catalyst™ release for Windows XP every month for
their notebook PC.

Doom3: A performance gain of up to 7% is noticed at lower resolutions
as a result of more efficient memory use
Chronicles of Riddick: A performance gain of up to 10% is noticed as a
result of more efficient storage of vertex data
Halo: A performance gain of up to 20% is noticed as a result of generic
driver Z-optimizations
3DMark05: A performance gain of up to 5% is noticed as a result of
generic driver Z-optimizations


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ATI Technologies Inc., a leader in graphics and media processors, today
announced the release of a major upgrade to Catalyst™, ATI’s comprehensive
software suite that enhances the company’s portfolio of high-performance
graphics processors. The publicly available Catalyst 5.6 represents a number of
firsts in graphics software including a real-time video preview with on-the-fly
adjustments, monthly software upgrades for notebook PCs and plug-and-play HDTV
connectivity. Addressing a range of market segments and user needs, Catalyst 5.6
delivers on a commitment to offer certified software with the highest levels of
stability, performance and ease of use.

“With the launch of Catalyst 5.6 we take software innovation to the next
level, broadening our footprint to support notebook PCs and defining a new
standard for video control and usability,” said Ben Bar-Haim, Vice President,
Software, ATI Technologies. “The new features in Catalyst 5.6 combined with an
ongoing monthly commitment to deliver high-performance WHQL-certified drivers
present a unique software proposition that is unmatched in the graphics
industry.”

Mobile Catalyst

Power notebook users have long lacked the ability to update drivers at the
same pace as their desktop counterparts. With the release of Catalyst Mobility
notebook users will now have access to monthly driver updates, ensuring the best
levels of game performance and application compatibility. Catalyst Mobility
delivers the same full feature-set as desktop, along with all of ATI’s
mobile-specific power management options. The initial launch of Catalyst
Mobility will support Mobility Radeon® X700 and Mobility Radeon® X800 with more
products to follow in the coming months. Catalyst Mobility will be supported by
industry leading ODMs and system builders, including Alienware, Arima, Clevo,
Eurocom, Falcon Northwest, Mitac, rockdirect, Uniwill and Voodoo PC.

“The market for gaming notebooks continues to enjoy strong growth with users
demanding performance and features that rival today’s high end desktop PCs,”
said Patrick Cooper, Director of Product Management for Alienware. “Catalyst
Mobility provides Alienware notebooks with an important tool to ensure that
gamers have an experience that is second-to-none and get to enjoy the latest
games and applications with optimal performance.”

Video Control Redefined

ATI has long been a pioneer and leader in video on the PC and with the
release of Catalyst 5.6 this is taken to the next level. Now users can make
simplified on-the-fly adjustments to their video quality and see the results
instantly through a real-time video preview. The novice user benefits from a set
up wizard that automatically detects and optimizes for the best video quality.
Enthusiast users can access more advanced setup options to easily control
features like de-interlacing, hue and gamma. In addition HDTV users have an
improved user experience with a simplified connection wizard for plug-and-play
HD connectivity. Video playback efficiency also sees a noticeable improvement
with the addition of WMV9 acceleration.

High Performance Gaming

Gamers also reap substantial benefits from Catalyst 5.6 with sizable
performance improvements in some of today’s most popular games including Doom 3,
Chronicles of Riddick and Halo.

Additional benefits in Catalyst 5.6 include All-in-Wonder® support for
Windows® MCE 2005 and a new Linux installer for simpler and more intuitive
driver installation for open source uses.


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