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IMAGINATION TECHNOLOGIES: NEXT GENERATION KYRO IIT 3D GRAPHICS ACCELERATOR

12TH MARCH 2001

IMAGINATION TECHNOLOGIES' PARTNER STMICROELECTRONICS ANNOUNCES NEXT GENERATION KYRO II(tm) 3D GRAPHICS ACCELERATOR AND CUSTOMER HERCULES

Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG), the leading provider of human computer interface intellectual property (IP), reports that STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) has today launched its revolutionary KYRO  II(tm) 3D graphics and video accelerator based on PowerVR(tm) technology> from Imagination Technologies. STMicroelectronics has also announced a major  customer, Hercules (Euronext Paris, Guillemot - 6672), who is launching graphics cards based on KYRO II. Hercules, part of the Guillemot Corporation, is one of the most respected names in PC graphics cards and a leading supplier of branded graphics products worldwide.

KYRO II is ST's second generation of PC graphics controllers based on the PowerVR architecture. By its more intelligent use of computing and memory resources, KYRO II sets a new performance standard in the graphics processor industry. KYRO II silicon is now in volume production. Under licensing arrangements, Imagination Technologies receives royalties on processors based on PowerVR, including KYRO and KYRO II.

KYRO II utilizes the innovative PowerVR Tile Based Rendering to avoid the memory bottleneck and deliver state-of-the-art 3D graphics image quality and leading edge 3D graphics performance, with crisp 2D graphics, studio quality video playback, and DVD decode support. Hercules' 3D PROPHET 4500 features the best of KYRO II technology and is the world's first top-performance graphics board that is within every gamer's reach. It combines a very efficient design, 64MB of fast on-board RAM and the perfect drivers to offer the ultimate experience to the whole gaming community with both current and future games. 3D PROPHET 4500 demonstrates clear performance leadership when compared on popular games and industry benchmarks with other products in its class.

Claude Guillemot, President of Hercules Technologies says: "The key in computer graphics is today to be able to cope with the increasing scene complexity and bandwidth and large texture volumes without sacrificing the perfect quality of high resolution images. ST, with its technical expertise,  came out in an incredibly short time with a breakthrough architecture for  the KYRO II graphic controller that will delight the most ambitious game developers. Which is why we have chosen ST's KYRO II as the foundation of our new product family."

Tim Chambers, VP and General Manager of ST Graphics Product Division says: "We are delighted with Hercules' decision to use the KYRO II in their critically acclaimed 3D PROPHET product line. As the leading independent graphics board supplier in the US retail market, Hercules has the brand recognition and market presence to bring the very significant benefits of  KYRO II to the broadest numbers of consumers."

Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies says: "Through the inherent benefits of the PowerVR architecture, ST's KYRO II will deliver performance-leading graphics combined with enhanced image quality at an affordable cost. Hercules' extensive market presence will strongly reinforce PowerVR as a key technology in the PC space."

About Hercules Technologies: Founded in 1982 in the U.S., Hercules developed the industry's first high-resolution graphics board for personal computers. From its roots in establishing the monochrome graphics standard, Hercules proceeded to pioneer advances in color graphics solutions. Over the years, Hercules has consistently produced innovative and exciting products including graphics, image and video products, and recently, audio solutions, mostly for the gaming community. In November 1999, Hercules was purchased by Guillemot Corporation.

The Guillemot Corporation group develops, manufactures and distributes PC and console peripherals, providing high-quality products for gamers and music enthusiasts worldwide. The group is also proud to include officially licensed Ferrari, NASCAR, Top Gun and US Air Force products as part of its accessories line designed by Thrustmaster, acquired by the group in July 1999. Guillemot Corporation is listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Sicovam code 6672, and is currently present in 14 countries, distributing its products in a total of 45 countries.

About STMicroelectronics: STMicroelectronics (formerly SGS-THOMSON Microelectronics) is a global independent semiconductor company, whose shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange, on the ParisBourse and on the Milan Stock Exchange. The Company designs, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of semiconductor integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete devices used in a wide variety of microelectronic applications, including telecommunications  systems, computer systems, consumer products, automotive products and industrial automation and control systems. In 2000, the Company's net revenues were $7,813.2 million and net earnings were $1,452.1 million. Further information on ST can be found at www.st.com.

About PowerVR Technologies:  PowerVR Technologies - a division of Imagination Technologies - develops and markets the unique PowerVR graphics/video technology. Existing partners licensing the technology include NEC and STMicroelectronics. PowerVR  Technologies design wins have included Sega's latest video games console,  Dreamcast, the Naomi arcade system, which is used in the majority of new arcade machines worldwide, and numerous PC add-in and OEM customers. More information is available on the PowerVR Technologies web site at  www.powervr.com

About Imagination Technologies: Imagination Technologies Group plc is an international company that develops, licenses and supplies market-leading 2D/3D graphics, digital  video, audio and speech technologies and products for consumer entertainment  and PC Markets. The company has deployed and planned technologies for games consoles, PCs, arcade entertainment machines, digital set-top boxes, in car information/entertainment systems, and mobile devices. Since it was founded in 1985, the company has introduced, via licensing arrangements or directly, a succession of innovative technologies, silicon chips and add-in boards, which have played a major role in the development of multimedia and computer-based entertainment systems. Imagination Technologies Group plc has its corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom and is publicly traded on  the London Stock Exchange (FTSE:IMG). More information is available on the Imagination Technologies web site at www.imgtec.com

 

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