"Metro Link Inc., the leader in graphics, MPEG playback and
real-time video for set top boxes and internet appliances was
selected by ATI Technologies Inc. (TSE: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT) as a
premier partner in their recently announced Technology Access
Program (TAP). This program provides early access to ATI's cutting
edge set top box and digital TV products and technologies. The
program is designed to showcase, support and promote select ATI
strategic partners by giving these partners access to pre-released
hardware development kits, documentation, source code and drivers.
The intent is to promote rapid time-to-market for mutual customers
requiring video support, software, hardware and integration
services specifically for ATI set top box products and reference
"Metro Link's unique multiple platform build and test
environment uniquely positions us to support ATI's products and
customers on multiple operating systems like LynxOS, embedded
Linux, VxWorks and QNX. It also allows us to support ATI's graphics
cards and chip sets on multiple hardware architectures like X86,
MIPS, PowerPC and StrongArm," said Morgan Von Essen, Metro Link
President and CEO. "In addition, Metro Link is committed to
providing hardware accelerated video/MPEG solutions, customer
support and driver development for ATI's next generation MIPS-based
set top box reference designs and digital TV technologies."
"ATI has worked with Metro Link for more than eight years
because of their industry-leading technology in driver development
and hardware support," said Phil Eisler, Vice President Convergence
Business Unit, ATI Technologies Inc. "We look forward to our new
TAP program helping to further develop our business relationship
with Metro Link, as well as other industry leaders in the set top
and digital TV fields."
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