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Creative's Sound Blaster® X-Fi® Digital Audio Processor with X-Fi® and EAX® Advanced HD 5.0 Audio Technologies Featured on GIGABYTE's Latest G1-Killer Elite Series of Gaming Motherboards
Top-of-the-Line Audio Processing Chip with Integrated Suite of Advanced Audio Technologies from Creative Grants GIGABYTE G1-Killer Series Users a Distinctive Edge in Early Detection of In-Game Enemies

SINGAPORE - 6 January 2011 Creative Technology Ltd. today announced that its Creative Sound Blaster® X-Fi® (CA20K2) digital audio processor is featured onboard GIGABYTE's latest G1-Killer series of gaming motherboards with integrated X-Fi® and EAX® Advanced HD 5.0 audio technologies, delivering an unparalleled audio experience of the highest calibre to meet the demands of elite gamers and allowing users to experience sound in the gaming world as they would in real life.

The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi (CA20K2) digital audio processor is a top-of-the-line PCI Express audio chip. It provides dramatic improvements to enhance the capabilities, performance and quality of sound through the integration of audio enhancement technologies such as Creative's proprietary X-Fi and EAX Advanced HD 5.0. X-Fi Crystalizer intelligently enhances the highs and lows so users can hear audio in crystal clear clarity, while X-Fi CMSS®-3D Surround expands digital audio into surround sound over multi-channel speakers, stereo speakers or even headphones.

EAX is a collection of powerful, innovative audio technologies designed to bring true interactive 3D audio to PC gaming. The sophisticated environment effects of EAX add a greater sense of realism to the gaming experience by accurately simulating a real-world audio environment. Up to 128 voices are applicable, enabling more sound effects to be played simultaneously for detailed and rich game audio, as well as dynamic music that matches the mood and urgency of the on-screen action. EAX PurePath delivers accurate surround sound, as well as a dedicated bass feed for an incredibly explosive audio experience. EAX Voice enables gamers to speak and hear their voices with the same effects as the environment their characters are in. Furthermore, if the game title supports "3D Voice Over IP", then other players in the game will be able to hear their voices coming from the correct directions.

"Sound Blaster audio technology provides a significant enhancement to audio available on any integrated chipset with host audio currently on the market," said Steve Erickson, Vice President and General Manager for Audio and Video at Creative. "When it comes to onboard audio solutions, we're seeing more and more major motherboard manufacturers like GIGABYTE selecting Sound Blaster technology as their audio enhancement technology of choice, so they can provide their customers with a far superior audio experience for music, movies and games."

"GIGABYTE is thrilled to be able to introduce the world's first motherboard series designed to meet the demands of elite gamers," commented Henry Kao, Senior Vice President of Research and Development at GIGABYTE. "The G1-Killer series features the industry's most advanced hardware and software solutions from Creative onboard as well as the top-notch quality and durability users have come to expect from GIGABYTE. So, lock and load gamers, the GIGABYTE G1-Killer series motherboards deliver a gaming experience unlike any other."

Key Features of the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi (CA20K2) Digital Audio Processor
The Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi (CA20K2) Digital Audio Processor is a top-of-the-line PCI Express audio chip with built-in DSP. It is based on the CA20K1 architecture and accelerates OpenAL 3D audio, X-Fi CMSS-3D, X-Fi Crystalizer and other advanced X-Fi audio processing.

  • PCI Express 1.1 interface
  • Sample Rate Converter engine
  • Digital Filter engine
  • Digital delay line accelerator ("tank engine")
  • Audio Mixer
  • Micro-programmable "Quartet" audio DSP
  • DDR SDRAM interface
  • Parameter Generator / Mixer
  • High Definition Audio component
  • Embedded RISC control processor
  • 24-bit Digital Audio I/O
  • 8 Audio Input and 8 Audio Output interfaces (I2S, I4S, I8S I16S, S/PDIF or CDIF)
  • Up to 128 channels of audio input and 128 channels of audio output
  • Sample rates supported include 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 192 and 384kHz
  • X-Fi Audio Enhancement Algorithm
  • EAX Advanced HD 5.0
  • Highest Quality Audio
    • 24-bit / 96kHz recording
    • 24-bit / 96kHz 7.1 playback, 24-bit / 192kHz Stereo playback
  • OpenAL Support
  • Creative ALchemy
    • Restores multi-channel audio for legacy DirectSound3D game titles running on Windows® 7 or Windows Vista®

For more information, please visit www.creative.com/oem or www.gigabyte.com

About Creative
Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® sound cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN® MP3 and portable media players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment - anytime, anywhere. 

About GIGABYTE
GIGABYTE, headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, is known as a global leading brand in the IT industry, with employees and business channels in almost every country. Founded in 1986, GIGABYTE started as a research and development team and has since taken the lead in the world's motherboard market. On top of motherboards and graphics accelerators, GIGABYTE further expanded its product portfolio to include notebook and desktop PCs, digital home entertainment appliances, networking servers, communications, mobile and handheld devices, servicing every facet of people's lives at home or business. Everyday GIGABYTE aims to "Upgrade Your Life" with the most innovative designs and impeccable quality and services.
Visit http://www.gigabyte.com.tw for more information.

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This announcement relates to products launched in the Asia Pacific. Availability is subject to change without notice and may differ elsewhere in the world according to local factors and requirements. Sound Blaster, X-Fi, EAX, EAX Advanced HD 5.0, Crystalizer, CMSS, EAX PurePath, EAX Voice and ZEN are trademarks or registered trademarks of Creative Technology Ltd in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.