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ATI Ships 12 Millionth Flipper Chip

by Lasse Pallesen - October 29, 2002, 8:24 am EST
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Nintendo and ATI reach another milestone.

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12 Millionth ATI Graphics Processor 'Flipper' Chip Ships For NINTENDO GAMECUBEā„¢

ATI salutes Nintendo for continued game console success

MARKHAM, Ontario, Tuesday, October 29, 2002 - ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) today announced that the 12 millionth ATI graphics processor 'Flipper' chip has been shipped for the NINTENDO GAMECUBEā„¢ video game console. Manufactured by NEC Corporation, the ATI-designed 'Flipper' chip is the central graphics core of Nintendo's best-selling game console enabling software developers to create a wide variety of best-selling game titles for NINTENDO GAMECUBE.

"ATI's partnership and technological expertise with ATI's 'Flipper' chip for NINTENDO GAMECUBE has enabled game developers to concentrate on entertaining storylines coupled with a wide array of exciting graphic elements to enhance the game experience," said Genyo Takeda, Senior Managing Director of Integrated Research and Development, Nintendo Co., Ltd. "Best selling NINTENDO GAMECUBE titles such as Super Mario Sunshine and Super Smash Bros. Melee, and the eagerly anticipated Metroid Prime and The Legend of Zelda, all gain superior entertainment value based on ATI's visual performance expertise in their 'Flipper' chip."

"ATI is very proud to be a key partner with Nintendo for NINTENDO GAMECUBE. The 12 millionth shipment of ATI's 'Flipper' chip for the critically acclaimed NINTENDO GAMECUBE is a prime example of ATI's dedicated commitment to our customers and to the consumer electronics market," said Dave Orton, President & Chief Operating Officer, ATI Technologies Inc. "Based on our leadership expertise in graphics development, our goal at ATI is to focus our resources to ensure success for all of our partners. The fact that the 12 millionth 'Flipper' chip has shipped is testament to NINTENDO GAMECUBE's success in the marketplace."

NINTENDO GAMECUBE features a revolutionary graphics processor, called the 'Flipper' chip, from ATI. The highly integrated processor includes both a 2D and 3D graphics engine, a DSP (digital signal processor) for audio processing, all system I/O (input/output) functions including CPU (central processing unit), system memory, controllers, optical disk, flash card, modem and video interfaces, and an on-chip high bandwidth frame buffer.

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