Press release: 1997-02-07: Trident Announces SEGA Games Sampler Now Available With PC Boards Featuring ProVidia Chip

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Trident Announces SEGA Games Sampler Now Available With PC Boards Featuring ProVidia Chip; SEGA CD-ROM to Be Marketed By Board Manufacturers for Living-Room PC Gaming.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 1997--Trident Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRID) today announced that numerous add-in board manufacturers worldwide will bundle the ProVidia9685 graphics controller with a special CD-ROM sampler from SEGA Entertainment,Inc., featuring seven limited play games for the PC, including the popular SonicCD, Daytona USA, and Virtua Squad titles.

The full versions of these DirectX SEGA games are now in considerable demand.

Trident's ProVidia9685 is the first single-chip DirectX graphics controller solution specifically designed for displaying PC contents on TV monitors. The ProVidia9685 provides high-quality video images to both VGA and TV displays, with Trident's proprietary third-generation ClearTV TV-Out and TrueVideo video display technologies. It also features dual video windows for video conferencing and enhanced gaming.

"This attractive combination of Trident technology and exciting SEGA games will offer the PC game user an introduction to arcade-quality entertainment," stated Frank Lin, president and CEO of Trident. "We are pleased to be associated with SEGA in this venture," he added.

"In cooperation with Trident, SEGA is introducing its exciting games to a whole new group of PC gamers," said Shinobu Toyoda, president/CEO of SEGA Entertainment. "This will considerably accelerate SEGA's move onto the PC platform, and enhance the availability of our game portfolio."


Sega Entertainment, Inc., is a joint venture between Sega of America, the arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Sega Enterprises, Ltd., responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of Sega videogame systems and videogames in the Americas, and SOFTBANK Holdings, Inc., one of the world's largest distributors of computer software, peripherals and systems, as well as Japan's largest publisher of computer-related magazines and books.

Sega Entertainment is responsible for creating, marketing and distributing PC-based entertainment which utilizes Sega's arcade and console-based games and characters. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, Calif.

Trident Microsystems Inc. (NASDAQ:TRID), with headquarters in Mountain View, designs, develops and markets integrated circuit graphics controllers and multimedia video processing chipsets for IBM-compatible PCs which significantly enhance graphics display. Trident products are sold through a network of OEMs and system integrators worldwide.

Forward-Looking Information

The statements made herein regarding the incorporation of Trident products in add-in cards are forward-looking statements. The actual availability and sales of such products could vary substantially as a result of a variety of factors, including the Company's ability to supply and support its customers, the ability of the Company's customers to manufacture and ship products incorporating the Company's products, as well as the availability of other products and resources. Trident's performance depends upon the overall markets' reaction to its technology, feature sets, pricing and delivery schedules. Further information regarding these and other risks is described from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. -0-

Note to Editors: Trident and TrueVideo are registered trademarks of Trident Microsystems, Inc. ProVidia and ProVidia9685 are trademarks of Trident Microsystems, Inc. All other product names or trademarks are property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Trident Microsystems Inc.

Peter Brown, 415/943-3761

[email protected]


SEGA Entertainment Inc.

Toni Werner, 415/802-3013

[email protected]
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