S3 Graphics Unveils Chrome S20 Series PCI Express Graphics Processors
S3 Graphics today launched its 4th
generation DirectX® 9.0 graphics processor units (GPUs), the Chrome 20 series,
with the introduction of the Chrome S20 range of desktop graphics accelerators
that combines the richer integration of Fujitsu Limited’s 90nm process
technology with S3 Graphics’ advanced Power Wise architecture for the most power
efficient graphics in the industry.
The Chrome S20 series further enhances S3Graphics’ signature Hi-Def™ visual
experience, complementing the native 1080p HDTV support and widescreen display
capability with Chromotion™ 3.0, the next generation programmable video engine
boasting hardware accelerated motion compensation and WMV-HD support. Delivering
smooth playback of high definition content with ultra low CPU utilization and
power draw, the Chrome S20 series is ideal for the home theater PC and
media-centric digital living room market segments. The first two members of the
Chrome S20 Series desktop GPU family are:
-- Chrome S27 - With a core clock of 700Mhz,
Chrome S27 operates at the highest frequency of any GPU currently available, yet
takes full advantage of its highly efficient design and ultra low power 90nm
manufacturing to set new records for performance per watt. With flexible memory
support up to DDR3, Chrome S27 also supports dual graphics implementations with
the upcoming MultiChrome technology.
-- Chrome S25 - Brings superb 8 pixel shader
performance to middle and value mainstream segments with a class-leading balance
of features, price, performance and ultra low power draw, providing a smart new
alternative in these competitive markets. With a 32-bit to 128-bit DDR2 memory
interface, Chrome S25 introduces S3Graphics AcceleRAM technology to boost the
performance of smaller memory configurations.
“The Chrome S20 series is a clear demonstration of how advanced process
technology coupled with a highly efficient design can deliver true value to the
discerning PC user,” said Dr. Ken Weng, General Manager of S3 Graphics.
“Boasting such a rich feature set and extended memory support at prices at very
competitive prices, Chrome S20 clearly represents the start of the future for
the new S3 Graphics.”
The Chrome S20 series offers considerable flexibility in memory
compatibility, including full support for DDR-1, cost effective DDR-2 and high
speed DDR-3 memory technologies, serving up a wide variety of price/performance
configurations for OEMs targeting the volume mainstream desktop market place.
Reflecting the company’s environmental drive, the complete range of Chrome 20
series is ROHS compliant, using lead-free wafer bumping, substrate construction,
final packaging and assembly. Lead-Free readiness makes S3 Graphics’ latest
products ideal for OEM and system builders planning for full ROHS compliance,
which will become a requirement for systems targeted for sale by mid-next year
in many global regions.
Stunning 3D Graphics
The Chrome S20 series has a high speed DirectX 9.0 graphics engine consisting
of 4 full precision vertex shader units and 8 full precision pixel shader units,
translating into an amazing 5.6 Billion pixel shader operations per second for
Chrome S27, setting the stage for next generation applications with lengthy,
complex shaders, as well as meeting the requirements for next generation
operating systems incorporating complex graphical desktops.
Native support of the ultra high bandwidth PCI Express removes graphics
processing throughput bottlenecks and builds in plenty of headroom for
tomorrow’s even more demanding graphics-intensive applications.
Redefining the Hi-Def™ Visual Experience
Boasting powerful new video processing capabilities, such as hardware
acceleration motion compensation, in-loop filtering and border extension for
WMV-HD, the Chrome S20 series offers the distinctive rich Hi-Def visual
S3 Graphics’ next generation Chromotion 3.0 is at the heart of Chrome 20
series Hi-Def media capabilities. Providing acceleration for all leading video
standards, powerful video scaling for the burgeoning widescreen digital media
experience and a host of programmable creative and artistic effects, the Chrome
S27 is fully compatible with Microsoft’s Media Center Edition to ensure an
unbeatable entertainment experience.
Geared for Silent Running
Power consumption is becoming a critical parameter in the PC world, as usage
continues to increase in the home for game play, digital photography, media
playback/recording and home office and communications, both in terms of
spiraling power costs as well as the noise pollution that is becoming
increasingly unacceptable, especially in living room systems.
Developed utilizing the fourth generation of S3 Graphics’ unique Power Wise
architecture, the Chrome S20 series features advanced power management features
usually found only in mobile solutions, such as multi-domain dynamic clock
gating. This efficient and power smart design, coupled with Fujitsu’s advanced
90nm process technology has enabled the Chrome 20 series to set new standards in
desktop power/performance without compromising on features, and allows
completely silent fanless add-in cards.
Introducing All-New Technologies
The different skus of the new Chrome S20 series introduce two new key
technologies designed specifically to offer new value to end-users:
-- MultiChrome™ - Chrome S27 introduces S3
Graphics MultiChrome, an open-platform and cable free multi-graphics
acceleration technology. MultiChrome will enable two or more Chrome S27 cards or
GPUs to operate together to provide additional game acceleration on any
motherboard with suitable PCIe slots, and its completely open, non-propriety
demonstrated support on multiple vendor chipset solutions is another industry
first for the Chrome S27 product.
-- AcceleRAM™ - S3 Graphics AcceleRAM
technology featured in Chrome S25 enables big memory performance while
leveraging the lower cost structure of reduced on-board memory. AcceleRAM allows
Chrome S25 to operate with 32-bit or 64-bit wide memory interfaces with local
frame buffers consisting of just one or more memory chips. AcceleRAM boards with
Chrome S25 offer a smart upgrade path for cost sensitive segments.
For more information on the S3 Graphics Chrome S20 Series, please visit our
website at: www.s3graphics.com
About S3 Graphics
S3 Graphics Co., Ltd., a VIA Technologies, Inc. joint venture company, is a
leading supplier to the 3D enabled PC graphics market it pioneered. Today, S3
Graphics ships high performance consumer graphics cards to desktop board
manufacturers and low power, high performance, Commercial Grade 3D graphics
sub-systems to top tier notebook manufacturers. In addition, S3 Graphics
integrates market-leading chipset technology from VIA into shared memory
architecture products for the high volume, value PC market. S3 Graphics has a
long-term commitment to top performance, quality and state-of-the-art features
for desktop and mobile applications. Additional information can be found at the
Company’s website at www.s3graphics.com.