ATI's FIRE GL X1 and FIRE GL Z1 Workstation Graphics Accelerators Certified for over 30 Leading CAD and DCC Applications

Close development between ATI and software partners provides best of
breed solutions for professional users while ensuring stability,
compatibility and performance

MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2003-- Industry leading vendors of over 30 workstation software applications have certified the FireGL(TM) X1 and FireGL(TM) Z1 workstation graphics accelerator cards from ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT). The FireGL certification by CAD, DCC, AEC, GIS and visual simulation application vendors assures professional engineers, designers and animators that the FireGL line delivers a stable and high performance workstation graphics environment on both Windows and Linux platforms.

The rigorous and exacting certification processes, conducted by software vendors, puts ATI's FireGL graphics accelerators up against a battery of simulations and real-world scenarios, ensuring compatibility and stability required by workstation users. ATI's quality assurance engineers also carry out comprehensive compliance, performance and functionality verification tests, and work closely with application and workstation vendors to refine the FireGL products, thereby creating the highest level of reliability and performance.

"Leading manufacturers around the globe rely on PTC's Pro/ENGINEER(R) to provide the best solution to fit their product development needs," commented Jon Beaulier, Alliance Manager for PTC. "After extensive testing of the FireGL, we can certify that ATI's latest workstation solutions give our customers the reliability and performance they have come to expect from both PTC and ATI."

"SolidWorks(R) software users demand that their workstation platform executes flawlessly in their production environments," stated Antony Hervo, Solution Partner Marketing Manager for SolidWorks Corporation. "By certifying ATI's FireGL accelerators, we attest that these innovative graphics cards excel in the day-to-day rigors of complex modeling and production work that our customers perform."

"Professional 3D users expect the most robust and feature-rich solutions from Alias/Wavefront and our hardware partners," said Rob Hoffmann, senior Maya product manager, Alias/Wavefront. "By running ATI's new FireGL through a rigorous and thorough testing process on both Windows and Linux platforms, we ensured that the combination of the FireGL accelerators with Maya and StudioTools gives users an extremely powerful and stable work environment."

"The SOFTIMAGE/XSI, SOFTIMAGE/3D and SOFTIMAGE/BEHAVIOR production environments running on Windows and Linux offer digital content creators a valuable choice when selecting an operation system," said Alan Waxenberg, business manager of third party programs for Softimage. "The certified FireGL for Linux and Windows from ATI gives Softimage users powerful, cross-platform graphics solutions that deliver the features, precision and brute-force power to blaze through even the most challenging projects."

Content creation applications certified for the high-end, FireGL X1 include: 3ds max, Animator3, BodyPaint 3D, Cinema 4D, EasyViz, Houdini, Lightwave 3D, Maya, Premiere, SOFTIMAGE/3D, SOFTIMAGE/BEHAVIOR, and SOFTIMAGE/XSI. Certified engineering applications include: ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Catia, Design Space, Enovia, EUKLID, Fluent, I-deas, Inventor, Mechanical Desktop, Medina, MegaCAD, MicroStation, MSC.visualNastran, Multiphysics, OneSpace Designer Modeling, PowerSHAPE, Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, StudioTools, Tebis, ThinkDesign, Unigraphics.

Applications certified for the mid-range FireGL Z1 include: 3ds max, Animator3, BodyPaint 3D, Cinema 4D, EasyViz, Houdini, Lightwave 3D, Maya, Softimage/3D, Softimage/XSI, ArcGIS, EUKLID, Inventor, Medina, MegaCAD, MicroStation, OneSpace Designer Modeling, PowerSHAPE, SolidWorks, StudioTools, Tebis, and Unigraphics. Additional application certifications for the FireGL Z1 are underway.

For more information about FireGL workstation graphics accelerators and a full list of certifications, visit

About ATI Technologies

ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost visual processor unit (VPU) provider, and is dedicated to delivering leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital television, game console and handheld markets. With 2002 revenues in excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY). ATI sells its FireGL graphics solutions worldwide through workstation manufacturers and reseller channel partners.

Copyright 2003 ATI Technologies Inc. All rights reserved. ATI, the ATI logo, and ATI product and product feature names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ATI Technologies Inc. All other company and product names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Features, pricing, availability and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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