Press Release: Toshiba selects S3 Graphics for Laptops

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    Toshiba selects S3 Graphics' SuperSavage/IXc–166™ graphics subsystem for their Top-of-the-line, Pentium® 4 Tecra 9000 enterprise corporate platform notebook.

    Expanding on the previous two generations of Tecra design wins, the SuperSavage/IXc-166™ integrates low-power high-performance graphics in a 16MB MCM featuring Commercial Grade quality.

    Fremont, California, July 24, 2002 – S3 Graphics, Inc. today announced that Toshiba Corporation has chosen the SuperSavage/IXc - 166™ mobile graphics processor for its top-of-the-line Tecra 9000 series notebook computers utilizing the mobile Intel® Pentium® 4 processor. The SuperSavage/IXc - 166™ hardware combined with ‘Commercial Grade’ software and support is an enabling solution for high performance, high reliability graphics and display implementations that Toshiba’s commercial clients demand.

    The SuperSavage/IXc - 166™ graphics processor offers enhanced 2D/3D performance through advanced features including single cycle multi texturing, trilinear filtering, specular lighting, diffuse shading plus vertex and table fog. Smooth DVD playback is achieved using optimized hardware motion compensation. Industry defining Duoview+ capabilities allow various configurations of multiple displays supporting extended desktops, giving users greater flexibility and productivity boost in commercial applications.

    To complement this rich feature set, the S3 Graphics SuperSavage/IXc - 166™ is designed to minimize power consumption without compromising performance, helping to maximize battery life and thus improve the user experience. Support for ACPI power management modes further enhances efficiency and low heat dissipation means active cooling is not required, making the SuperSavage™ perfect in light of the current trend towards long battery life for notebooks.

    “The announcement of the Tecra 9000 P4 series notebooks from Toshiba further solidifies S3 Graphics as the leader in the high-end commercial notebook graphics arena. The incredibly low box-line defect levels for the SuperSavage™ product line is one of the key factors in customers such as Toshiba choosing S3G over our competitors in the mission critical, commercial notebook space. Our combination of performance, unbeatable quality and world class support is a compelling solution for our customers who need future-proof, enterprise corporate platforms. I’m confident that we will garner more design wins with this approach.” said Dr. Gerry Liu, vice president of marketing and chief financial officer, S3 Graphics, Inc.

    About S3 Graphics, Inc.

    S3 Graphics, Inc. (“S3 Graphics”) is a joint venture between VIA Technologies, Inc and SONICblue (NASDAQ: SBLU) specializing in providing the complete graphics solution for PCs, including the SuperSavage™ discrete and ProSavage™ integrated graphics chipsets for the mobile and desktop markets. S3 Graphics has already shipped a number of joint venture products including ProSavage PM133 and ProSavage KM133 for the integrated desktop market and ProSavage PN133 (code named Twister) and ProSavage KN133, for the mobile market. With a long-term commitment to developing advanced graphics processors, S3 Graphics continues to expand its market presence for mobile and desktop PCs.

    About VIA Technologies, Inc.

    VIA Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3™ processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388), and achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at

    S3Graphics and VIA PR Contacts

    James Campbell
    Richard Brown

    (886)-2-2218-5452 #6201

    [email protected]
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