Launched VisionTek – VisionTek consumer product line now available in Canada

Gurnee, IL – VisionTek, the largest manufacturer of 3D graphics accelerators and memory in North America, today announced the launch of its retail product line into the Canadian market through an exclusive partnership with Keating Technologies Inc.

VisionTek has already earned tremendous success in the United States — taking its line of NVIDIA-based graphics accelerators from the Tier 1 OEM PC space and successfully expanding into the highly competitive retail space. With its first-to-market, #1 selling Geforce3™, VisionTek has won major awards like PCWorld’s Top Ten Graphics Cards, MaximumPC’s Kick Ass award and Computer Gaming World’s Editor’s Choice. VisionTek now has the second best selling line of graphics cards in the world.

“Visiontek’s products present a significant set of technological advances in a compelling retail offering for Canadian consumers”, said Larry Keating, president and chief executive officer of Keating Technologies Inc. “I am confident that our value added services will accelerate Visiontek’s success in Canada and ensure our retail partners and consumers consummate satisfaction with these outstanding products.”

Ingram Micro, Canada’s largest computer distributor is providing VisionTek graphics accelerators to retailers in Canada including Electronics Boutique and Future Shop.

“Since Future Shop’s introduction of VisionTek’s GeForce3™-based graphics accelerator cards to our customers, we have been pleasantly surprised by how quickly they are moving off of store shelves,” said Eldin Kajevic, Future Shop’s product manager. “The initial launch of the product line was an instant success, as demand for VisionTek’s product well exceeded our sales expectations.”

“The overwhelming response to VisionTek’s entry into the U.S. retail market has led us to extend our consumer product line into Canada,” said John C. Gunn, VisionTek’s general manager, consumer products division. “Our plans are to continue to design and introduce new products like VisionTek’s award-winning graphics accelerator, featuring the GeForce3™ chip as well as expand into other markets where demand for the VisionTek brand is high,” he added.

VisionTek offers NVIDIA®-based graphics solutions for all levels of consumers at multiple price points. VisionTek manufactures all of its products at a 70,000 square foot facility thirty miles north of Chicago, Illinois. VisionTek’s time-to-market advantages as a U.S.-based company, combined with its high-volume manufacturing capabilities enables the company to deliver new technologies to North American retail channels ahead of its competitors. The company sees its location and speed to market as key advantages in the PC peripheral category as product life cycles continue to compress.

About Visiontek
Founded in 1988, Visiontek is the largest manufacturer of 3D graphics accelerators and memory in North America. Visiontek is also a leading technology design and manufacturing services (TDMS) provider specializing in the personal computer, telecommunications, industrial and medical markets. The company’s consumer products include PC graphics cards and memory, compact flash and IEEE 1394 technology. Visiontek’s PC OEM customers include Apple, Compaq, Gateway, IBM, and Micron; its retailers include Best Buy, CompUSA, Electronics Boutique, and Gamestop. Visiontek is ISO 9001 certified. For more information, please call 800-726-9695, or visit www.visiontek.com.

About Keating Technologies
Keating Technologies Inc., headquartered in Markham, Ontario, is a 2000 winner of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies Program. As Canada’s leading branch outsourcing service to the high technology industry, Keating has a staff of more than 100 and provides Total Market Management® services including sales, marketing and customer support through offices in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax. Keating currently represents Apollo (a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard), Digi International, Gateway Business, Norton-Lambert, StorCase Technology, USRobotics, Visioneer, VisionTek and provides customer service and support on behalf of 3Com and Palm Inc.