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Autodesk Certifies ATI’s FireGL Workstation Graphics Accelerators

ATI Technologies Inc. announced that its FireGL workstation graphics boards have been certified for Autodesk Inc.'s full range of design software solutions. ATI's entire top-to-bottom line of FireGL graphics boards complement Autodesk's media and entertainment, design and manufacturing products by helping industry professionals more accurately and more efficiently visualize digital models to design better products while speeding time to market.

With ATI's award-winning FireGL workstation graphics accelerators, users of Autodesk software solutions are able to create complex models for computer-aided design (CAD), visual simulation, animation and game development.

"At Autodesk, we need to work very closely with hardware vendors, especially when it concerns graphics quality, to guarantee our customers have the tools they need to be as productive and creative as possible," said Alan White, director of corporate development for Autodesk. "With its newest generation of FireGL products with Avivo technology, ATI has once again proven itself as a leader in the workstation graphics market."

"ATI's FireGL workstation graphics products have the performance and reliability industry professionals demand to improve productivity and efficiency," said Joe Chien, gm, workstation products, ATI Technologies Inc. "The certification process is an important way for ATI to ensure its products are in perfect harmony with Autodesk solutions, delivering a great customer experience. This is a top priority for ATI."

ATI's FireGL products have been certified on the following Autodesk applications: Autodesk AliasStudio, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk VIZ, AutoCAD, Architectural Desktop, AutoCAD Mechanical, AutoCAD Electrical, Autodesk Map 3D, Autodesk Land Desktop, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya and Autodesk MotionBuilder. The certification process ensures optimal performance with Autodesk software solutions, proven by ATI performance leadership in SPECapc (Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. application performance calculation) benchmark scores when running Autodesk applications, including AutoCAD, 3ds Max and Maya.

ATI's FireGL products are supported by a unified driver, which is tested and certified by professional 3D ISV partners, making system administration and upgrades cost effective and simple. All FireGL products come with a three- year warranty and direct access to a dedicated workstation technical support team.

ATI Technologies Inc. (www.ati.com) is a world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative 3D graphics, PC platform technologies and digital media silicon solutions.

Autodesk Inc. (www.autodesk.com) is wholly focused on ensuring that great ideas are turned into reality. With seven million users, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company for the manufacturing, building, infrastructure, wireless data services and media and entertainment fields. Autodesk's solutions help customers create, manage and share their data and digital assets more effectively. As a result, customers turn ideas into competitive advantage by becoming more productive, streamlining project efficiency and maximizing profits. Founded in 1982, Autodesk is headquartered in San Rafael, California.

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