Futuremark Adds Sapphire as Latest Benchmark Development Program Member

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Saratoga, California / Hong Kong – August 22nd, 2006 – Futuremark Corporation, a leading provider of system performance-analysis software and services for PCs, smartphones and other handheld devices, in joint cooperation with Hong Kong based Sapphire Technology Ltd, the world’s leading manufacturer of ATI based video graphics accelerators and mainboards, announced today that Sapphire has become the first board manufacturer to join the 3DMark Benchmark Development Program.


The 3DMark Benchmark Development Program (BDP) enables Futuremark to build partnerships with leading hardware and technology manufacturers in order to design unbiased professional benchmark software. Futuremark provides
BDP Members with specifications and pre-production versions of benchmarks and, in turn, evaluates the feedback provided by the Members.

„We are pleased to welcome Sapphire to the 3DMark BDP. Sapphire brings a substantial commitment to the program, expressing that they plan to be fully engaged in the benchmark development process, cooperating at each step in
the BDP process“ said Oliver Baltuch, Futuremark’s VP of Sales and Marketing, North America. „They are strong proponents of utilizing universally accepted 3DMark performance numbers as marketing and engineering tools, so their membership in the program is strategically important to their global sales efforts.“

Sapphire Technology is one of the world’s largest VGA suppliers, utilizing the latest acceleration technologies and GPUs available. Sapphire develops, manufactures and distributes ATI based video graphics boards and mainboards,
maintaining the strictest adherence to quality control and production criteria, throughout their ISO9001 and ISO4001 certified manufacturing facilities.

„Sapphire is delighted to join the 3DMark benchmark development program,“ commented Adrian Thompson, VP of Marketing for Sapphire Technology. „As we implement more capable graphics systems based on the latest technologies and architectures, we recognise the importance of utilising independent benchmarks that can be verified by our customers and users through their own tests. As a partner of this program we will ensure that the end user can have confidence that every aspect of the products‘ feature set and performance are reflected in future tests.“