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S3, Faroudja and NASA Drive Development of
Industry's First Video Benchmark
Santa Clara, Calif. -- April 05, 1999 -- With the delivery of a working
prototype, S3® Incorporated (NASDAQ: SIII), Faroudja, Inc.,
(NASDAQ: FDJA) and NASA Ames Research Center jointly announced today that they've
completed the first stage of work on the PC industry's first full-motion video benchmark.
Scheduled for a formal rollout at this week's WinHEC Conference in Los Angeles, this
benchmark will establish video performance as a key differentiator in overall system
capabilities and move the industry closer to consumer-quality video playback on the PC.
"For the volume mainstream market, full-motion video on the PC is stagnating with
little focus on innovation and lots of focus on cost cutting," said Dr. Andrew Wolfe,
Chief Technology Officer for S3 Incorporated. "Just as with 3D graphics, there needs
to be an industry accepted video benchmark from a third party such as Futuremark, that
allows end-users to make decisions based on hard facts."
"Today, people use feature sets as a way of comparing one video system to
another," said Dr. Nikhil Balram, Vice President of Advanced Technology for Faroudja,
Inc. "Unfortunately, feature sets do not always equate to increased performance or
better image quality. Our comprehensive testing methodology evaluates performance,
features and quality, generating a meaningful score that allows end-users to compare one
system to another."
Industry-First Benchmark Implementation
In conjunction with this announcement, Futuremark Corporation also today committed to
delivering a completed benchmark based on the group's work. The final benchmark will be
developed in conjunction with Futuremark's BETA program, which is open to all
manufacturers in the PC industry. Developers of the widely accepted 3DMarkTM
99 benchmark, Futuremark expects to release the full version of this benchmark in the
second half of this year.
"Working closely with S3, Faroudja and NASA, we're well underway with this
project," said Nathan Harley, Vice President, Futuremark Corporation. "In fact,
given the practicality and completeness of the group's work, we've radically accelerated
our development cycle and will demo a first build of the benchmark at this week's WinHEC
"As opposed to the numerous efforts that have missed the mark in the past, this
effort is grounded in vision science, using repeatable and practical methodology to
address the challenges of video benchmarking," added Dr. James Larimer, Principal
Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center.
WinHEC Technical Presentation
At WinHEC, Dr. Andy Wolfe, Chief Technology Officer for S3 Incorporated, Dr. Nikhil
Balram, Vice President of Advanced Technology for Faroudja, Inc., and Dr. James Larimer,
Principal Scientist for NASA Ames Research Center, will present the technical details of
the group's work for the first time. Part of a larger session entitled "Advancing the
Platform with High-Quality Digital Video" scheduled for Friday, April 9th from
3:00-6:00pm, this presentation is a "must-attend" event for anyone interested in
About Faroudja, Inc.
Faroudja, Inc (NASDAQ: FDJA) is a world leader in high performance video processing
technologies for markets requiring superior image quality solutions. The company provides
innovative products for the HDTV broadcast, home theater, digital television, PC/TV
convergence and digital display markets. Faroudja's technologies are protected by more
than 60 patents. Faroudja has received numerous awards, including an Emmy award for
advanced encoding techniques and a Lifetime Achievement Emmy presented in June, 1998 to
its founder, Yves Faroudja.
About Futuremark Corporation
Founded in 1997, with offices in Toronto, Canada and Helsinki, Finland, Futuremark
Corporation is a benchmark, diagnostic and tool provider. Creators of 3DMarkTM
99 MAX -- an advanced 3D benchmark used by over 70 technology magazines worldwide --
Futuremark delivers tools and utilities that empower PC users, enabling them to protect
their technology investments.
About S3 Incorporated
One of the largest suppliers of graphics and video accelerators in the world, S3
Incorporated has established itself as a market leader in technology excellence, core
business strengths, strategic partnerships and worldwide reach. Building on these
strengths, S3 is committed to delivering targeted products for the Personal Computer,
Computing Integration and Consumer Appliance Markets.