S3 Graphics Announces GammaChromeS18
Fremont, 9 March 2005 Keeping pace with the latest developments
in the graphics arena, S3 Graphics today announced the availability of
GammaChromeS18, the first in the GammaChrome line of GPUs targeted at the
mainstream graphics market, featuring full DirectX 9.0 hardware, a native PCI
Express interface and S3G's signature Hi-Def(TM) native HDTV display capability
for the ultimate visual experience.
Maintaining S3 Graphics' emphasis on video performance and quality,
GammaChrome comes equipped with the second generation programmable video engine,
Chromotion 2.0 that combines an extensive range of video rendering, manipulation
and display tools for a greatly enhanced digital media experience. In addition
to the native HDTV encoder, GammaChrome integrates hardware digital video
accelerators, and supports all the latest displays, including rotating monitors
and multiple screen configurations.
At the same time, GammaChrome's highly efficient new DirectX 9.0 compliant 3D
engine with full precision pixel pipelines delivers the highest
geometry-to-pixel ratio processing in the industry for incredible 3D performance
across the full spectrum of PC games, reflecting the current movement towards
more refined 3D and richer visual detail.
"GammaChrome represents the next generation of GPUs, combining superlative
video features and amazing 3D performance with native PCI Express, exceeding the
expectations of even the most discerning mainstream users," said Gerry Liu, Vice
President of Marketing at S3 Graphics. "Pound for pound, GammaChromeS18 outpaces
its competitors for performance and real features in this highly contested
The GammaChrome family of native PCI Express graphics sub-systems comprises
highly-targeted GPUs for specific mainstream market segments; the mid-range
GammaChromeS18 Pro is the first to market, aimed at the high volume mainstream,
while subsequent skus will address the high performance mainstream and the ultra
low power sectors.
About S3 Graphics GammaChrome
Boasting powerful video processing
capabilities as well as superb 3D performance, GammaChrome is the latest range
of high performance, feature-rich GPUs from S3 Graphics, distinctive for the
native support of both the new PCI Express interconnect, implemented as x16 or
x8 for a total throughput of up to 8GB/s, as well as the trademark Hi-Def HDTV.
With clock speeds of up to 500MHz, the GammaChromeS18 family covers the
entire mainstream segment of the graphics market and beyond, yet maintains the
low power design aspect of S3 Graphics' Chrome series of GPUs, requiring less
noisy cooling that can detract from the viewing experience.
The highly regarded Chromotion programmable video engine, first introduced
with the DeltaChrome family of AGP GPUs, has been enhanced for GammaChrome to
provide the ultimate video quality and performance. Superb line doubling is
achieved using the adaptive de-interlacing technique, with per-pixel analysis of
a video stream in real time for optimal processing, amounting to a video engine
computational capacity on a par with the 3D engine itself.
Chromotion 2.0 also provides ArtisticLicense(TM) real time video effects and
filtering, while low bit-rate blocky video clips can be processed to render
smoother, more detailed video. Another exciting feature is ChromoVision, which
provides simultaneous playback both full screen on TV or HDTV and in a window on
the PC desktop.
The high quality, native HDTV-out integrated into GammaChrome is the
industry's only 1080p (progressive) capable true HD encoder, able to drive the
very latest HDTV-enabled screens and create the most stunning display ever from
a PC. Not only is the image output by GammaChrome dense and rich, but your PC
display can also utilize the entire wide screen and big screen capabilities of
HDTVs, maximizing the investment in this cutting-edge display format.
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