AND UMC GROUP LEAPFROG THE COMPETITION WITH FIRST 0.18um DESIGN
Silicon Tops the World Record by Delivering More than 2 Million
Gates in One Chip
SANTA CLARA, Calif. --- December 7, 1998 -- S3 Incorporated (Nasdaq:
SIII) and UMC Group today announced that they have successfully
produced the graphics industry's first 0.18 micron design. UMC Group's
.18 micron technology will enable S3 to deliver significantly higher-performing
graphics accelerators that exceed even Intel's Pentium II processor
in terms of gate complexity.
breaking the barrier to advanced process technologies, S3 has surpassed
every graphics competitor," said Ken Potashner, president,
CEO and chairman of S3 Incorporated. "This technology lead
gives us significant advantages that we can quickly pass on to our
customers in terms of higher performance, lower power consumption
and increased levels of integration."
and substantial investment in research and development has made
us the undisputed technology leader in the dedicated foundry world,"
said Jim Kupec president of UMC Group (USA). "Although we were
not the first dedicated foundry, we were clearly the first to offer
production capacity at 0.25 and 0.22 micron. Furthermore, our production
volumes and yields at .25 micron are significantly ahead of the
competition. It is only natural that we will be the first to offer
.18 micron capacity due to our successful relationships with industry
leaders like S3."
and UMC Group have a history of delivering leading-edge technologies,"
said Paul Franklin, senior vice president of Operations for S3 Incorporated.
"While many other graphics competitors are still taping out
their initial .25um designs, we have already successfully produced
three .25 micron designs with UMC Group. The yields for our 0.25um
products have already reached levels comparable to our best achievements
at the previous generation (.35 micron)."
Incorporated, founded in 1989 with headquarters in Santa Clara,
California, is a premier supplier of multimedia acceleration hardware
and its associated software. S3 is committed to applying its expertise
in 2D graphics, 3D graphics, and video to create innovative and
affordable products for the home, desktop and mobile markets.