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Fujitsu to Manufacture Leading-edge 3D Graphics Processors for S3 Graphics

By Julio Franco
Nov 2, 2005
  1. Fujitsu’s 90 nanometer technology enables high performance graphics chips featuring high speeds and low power consumption

    Fremont, California, November 1, 2005; Tokyo, November 2, 2005 - S3 Graphics and Fujitsu Limited today announced that Fujitsu will be producing the new range of S3 Graphics’ high performance graphics processors, which leverage Fujitsu’s 90 nanometer (nm) process technology to enable the realization of graphics processors that feature high speeds and industry-leading performance per watt.

    Fujitsu will manufacture the “Chrome” graphics processor family, S3 Graphics’ newest and most advanced 3D graphics processors using Fujitsu’s leading 90nm process technology, which yields silicon that runs both 25% faster and with power savings of at least 25% compared to chips made with conventional 90nm processes. In leading benchmark tests, the new silicon produced by Fujitsu showed up to 75% performance improvement over earlier S3 Graphics generations, enabling the new range of graphics processors to offer richer Hi-Def™ video features and more vibrant 3D graphics.

    The launch of a 300mm wafer facility at Fujitsu’s Mie Plant in Mie prefecture, Japan, in April 2005 has expanded and enhanced Fujitsu’s capability to product leading-edge CMOS semiconductor products for its customers. Fujitsu will manufacture the S3 Graphics chips at its Mie facility using its high performance 90nm process technology. Moreover, based on Fujitsu’s aggressive technology roadmap, S3 Graphics is planning to continue its foundry relationship with Fujitsu for products beyond the 90nm generation.

    “We are extremely pleased that S3 Graphics recognizes Fujitsu for our advanced 90nm technology and integrated services,” said Toshihiko Ono, Corporate Executive Vice President at Fujitsu Limited. “This agreement represents an excellent development for our foundry business, and we look forward to building an even stronger relationship with S3 Graphics going forward.”

    “Fujitsu’s proven 90nm fabrication technology will enable us to offer the fastest yet lowest power-consuming graphics products,” said Dr Ken Weng, General Manager and Vice President at S3 Graphics. “We are very happy not only with Fujitsu’s highly advanced technology, but also with their high-quality, complete turnkey services, and look forward to maximizing the production advantages we get with Fujitsu’s technology roadmap in delivering attractive and competitive graphics products to the market in a timely manner.”

    About Fujitsu

    Fujitsu is a leading provider of customer-focused IT and communications solutions for the global marketplace. Pace-setting device technologies, highly reliable computing and communications products, and a worldwide corps of systems and services experts uniquely position Fujitsu to deliver comprehensive solutions that open up infinite possibilities for its customers’ success. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.7 trillion yen (US$44.5 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com

    About S3 Graphics

    S3 Graphics Co., Ltd., a VIA Technologies, Inc. joint venture company, is a leading supplier to the 3D enabled PC graphics market it pioneered. Today, S3 Graphics ships high performance consumer graphics cards to desktop board manufacturers and low power, high performance Commercial Grade 3D graphics sub-systems to top tier notebook manufacturers. In addition, S3 Graphics integrates market-leading chipset technology from VIA Technologies, Inc. into shared memory architecture products for the high volume, value PC market. S3 Graphics has a long-term commitment to top performance, quality and state-of-the-art features for desktop and mobile applications. Additional information can be found at the Company’s website at: www.s3graphics.com.
     
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