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June 14, 2000

Xi Graphics Inc. Introduces 3D Graphics Support For Matrox Cards
3D Linux graphics driver supports DualHead G400, delivers record 2D performance

DENVER - The first 3D Accelerated-X(TM) graphics support software package for a Matrox graphics card has been released by Xi Graphics Inc., a Denver company that specializes in premium graphics support software for Linux and
UNIX® systems. The 3D Linux Graphics Driver (LGD) is downloadable through Xi Graphics' Web site at

"The DualHead feature on the card has proved quite popular with our Accelerated-X customers, who until now could only run DualHead in 2D," said David H. Methvin, Xi Graphics' president and CEO. "The Matrox G400 also is an exceptionally fast card in 2D performance, racking up over 105 Xmarks at eight bit color depth; until this card, our record was about 80 Xmarks. The 3D performance is especially good for games."

Matrox's DualHead Display feature allows the user to split the display buffer, with half on one screen and half on the other screen, providing essentially a Single Logical Screen capability with the two screens. The LGD released this week supports the 32MB model of the G400. Support for the 16MB variant is expected to be ready soon.

The 3D Linux drivers are OpenGL 1.1.1 compliant, support libGLU and libGL. A demo version of the LGD can be downloaded from Xi Graphics' Web site for a limited time tryout. To make the software permanent, a key can be purchased
online from for $129. The Key is then e-mailed to the customer to unlock the demo product.

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Xi Graphics introduced the 3D for Linux product line in December 1999 as the first OpenGL compliant 3D graphics support software available for use with Linux. The initial release of the boxed product supported more than 30 graphics cards.

Linux Graphics Drivers were introduced as a pilot program in February with support for a list of seven graphics cards. That list has increased to more than a dozen cards, and new ones are added regularly. Each LGD is a complete 3D Accelerated-X Display Server with graphics support for a specific card. The current list of available drivers is available at

The 3D product line is available in both boxed form and in a downloadable, demo form. Boxed products are available direct from Xi Graphics and through a network of resellers. The downloadable products are presently only available from the company's Web site, but may be offered by some of the company's resellers in the near future.

About Matrox
Matrox Graphics Inc. is the only graphics chip designer and graphics card manufacturer who draws on 24 years of industry experience to provide
customers with state-of-the-art 2D, 3D and digital video acceleration, vibrant image quality and real-world functionality. Headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Matrox is a privately held company with international offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Hong Kong. Information about Matrox products, drivers, technical support and more can be found at

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About Xi Graphics Inc.
Xi Graphics Inc., developers of the Accelerated-X Display Server product line, specializes in premium graphics support software for laptop and desktop graphics hardware operated with Linux and UNIX®. Founded in 1994, Xi Graphics is a privately held corporation located in Denver, Colo. The company provides retail products sold direct and through resellers and OEMs worldwide. Products include free customer support via phone and e-mail. For more information, contact Xi Graphics at 800-946-7433 or visit their Web site at

Xi Graphics is a member of the Video Electronics Standards Association, The Open Group's X Project Team and a member of the Board of Linux International. Xi Graphics' innovative systems software enables Linux and UNIX to run on desktops, laptops and multi-head configurations with 2D and 3D hardware acceleration.