Matrox introduces parhelia-512
|Date: Tuesday June 18, 2002
|Category: Video Cards
Manufacturer Link: Matrox
|Groundbreaking technologies take 2D quality and 3D realism to a new
Parhelia™-512-based line of graphics accelerators
Groundbreaking technologies take 2D quality and 3D realism to a new
Montreal, Canada, June 18th, 2002—Matrox Graphics Inc., the
leading professional graphics company, announces the Matrox Parhelia™ family of
graphics accelerators — the first graphics boards based on the revolutionary,
new Matrox Parhelia-512 high fidelity GPU. Delivering the highest quality,
excellent performance and unique features, the Matrox Parhelia line of graphics
boards is the first to offer a multitude of new features, including a full
256-bit DDR memory interface, partial compatibility with Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0
and the most advanced multi-display computing capabilities.
"We are excited to see hardware implementation of an
important part of Microsoft DirectX 9.0 technology in the Matrox Parhelia
graphics adaptors," says Channing Verbeck, Director of Windows Graphics and
Gaming Technologies at Microsoft Corp. "With its DirectX 9.0-compatible Quad
Vertex Shader Array and Hardware Displacement Mapping support, Parhelia takes a
significant step toward increasing the realism of 3-D graphics. And, with
Parhelia's support for innovative multidisplay features such as TripleHead
Desktop, its users will greatly benefit from the enhanced productivity made
available by running Windows XP in a multimonitor environment."
Matrox Parhelia graphics adaptors
represent the highest quality 2D and 3D multi-display computing solutions
available on the market. Ideal for desktop publishing, web design, software
development, digital photography, video editing and gaming, the Matrox Parhelia
is targeted to the 2D workstation, professional and PC enthusiast markets.
"Matrox has a long history of leadership in professional graphics,
display quality and multi-display computing," says Jon Peddie, president,
Jon Peddie Research. "With Parhelia, Matrox brings substantial ingenuity and
compelling features to the 2D workstation and high-end enthusiast markets."
Widest variety of display outputs
All Parhelia boards are
full-height ATX form factor with two DVI-I connectors integrated on the bracket,
and allow Matrox to offer the widest variety of display output options on the
The full flexibility of
display configurations are offered to end users by the standard bundling of
- Dual independent DVI-out at 1600 x 1200 resolution each (165MHz)
- Dual independent RGB-out at 400MHz each (dual 2048 x 1536 @ 85Hz)
- Triple independent RGB-out in extended desktop mode at 3840 x 1024
- Various mixes of DVI-, RGB- and TV-out
Matrox Parhelia boards
employ highly developed electronics and fifth-order filters, which-coupled with
the Parhelia's dual 10-bit RAMDACs-ensure that signal quality is maintained at
the highest frequency desktop settings, resulting in flicker-free, ultra-crisp
displays, free of any pixel ghosting, sparkling or shadowing artifacts to
deliver the highest-fidelity RGB, DVI and TV outputs.
- One "Y-shaped" DVI-I to dual HD-15 cable
- One DVI-I to HD-15 adaptor
- One HD-15 to S-video and composite cable
Parhelia boards deliver the fastest 2D performance, and are the first full-speed
AGP 4X devices capable of accelerating 3D across three monitors. All boards
offer an incredible range of cutting-edge 2D and 3D features, including 10-bit
GigaColor Technology, four quad-textured pixels rendered per clock, 64 Super
Sample Texture Filtering, 16x Fragment Antialiasing (FAA-16x), Glyph
Antialiasing, a Quad DirectX 9 Vertex Shader Array, a 36-op pixel shader array,
and many more.
For the ultimate gaming
experience, Matrox Parhelia boards uniquely offer Surround Gaming for three-
display game play, providing the most immersive 3D experience for many popular
gaming titles including: Flight Simulator 2002, by Microsoft Corporation; Quake
III Arena™, by Id Software™/ Activision®; Return to Castle Wolfenstein, by Gray
matter and Id Software, Inc./Activision; Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi
Outcast™, by Raven Software/LucasArts® Entertainment Company LLC; Unreal®
Tournament 2003, by Digital Extremes and Epic Games, Inc./Atari®; Imperium
Galactica 3: Genesis, by Philos Laboratories/CDV Software Entertainment AG, and
many, many more.
All Matrox Parhelia
graphics boards will ship standard with full-featured drivers for Microsoft
Windows XP and Windows 2000 including support for Microsoft DirectX 8.1 and
OpenGL® . Parhelia comes with Matrox's completely new PowerDesk-HF utility
suite, providing easy-to-use controls for hardware configuration and
multi-display desktop management.
Parhelia is bundled with a special
version of the Waytech Coloreal® advanced color calibration system. The Matrox
version of Coloreal takes full advantage of the Parhelia's dual, high precision
10-bit RAMDACs and allows users to precisely color match multiple monitors.
Also included is the Matrox GigaColor plug-in for Adobe® Photoshop®,
allowing users to view extremely high color .TIF and .PNG files in 10-bit per
color channel employing one billion simultaneously displayed colors. This applet
is launched through Adobe's plug-in architecture and allows interactive viewing
of images at the highest fidelity.
Matrox technology demos include the
stunning Reef demo-which showcases Parhelia's 3D technology and includes more
than 100 realistic underwater denizens rendered simultaneously-and demos of
Matrox's Hardware Displacement Mapping, which provides a new method of
representing and rendering complex 3D geometry using a simple and compact data
representation for the most realistic 3D scenes.
At introduction, Matrox Parhelia graphics boards will be available
with 128MB of DDR memory in both retail and bulk packaging. The retail packaged
version of the Matrox Parhelia 128MB board will have an estimated street price
of US $399 and both versions are expected to begin shipment by June 30th, 2002.
Additionally, Matrox plans to bring a 64MB and a 256MB version of the Parhelia
to market later this summer.
A source of
unparalleled quality, excellent performance, and the widest range of innovative
features, Parhelia™-512 is designed to bring outstanding graphics quality to
professional users and PC enthusiasts alike. This AGP 4X, 80 million transistor,
0.15µ, 2D, 3D and DVD/video GPU supports a unified frame buffer of up to 256MB
in size and features a true 256-bit DDR memory interface. Parhelia™-512 delivers
advanced multi-display computing with support for TripleHead RGB output,
DualHead digital output and TV output for the ultimate in high fidelity
graphics. With an unprecedented number of groundbreaking technologies,
Parhelia™-512 takes 2D quality and 3D realism to a whole new level.
About Matrox Graphics Inc.
Matrox Graphics Inc., the leading
professional graphics company, has been delivering high-quality, innovative
2D/3D and video graphics accelerators for more than a quarter century. Pioneer
of the trend-setting DualHead® technology, Matrox is a graphics chip designer
and board manufacturer whose products have been awarded over 1,000 times
worldwide for their superior image quality, practical ingenuity and unwavering
stability. A privately held company headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Matrox
has international offices in the United States, the United Kingdom, France,
Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong. Information on Matrox products, drivers,
technical support and more can be found at: http://www.matrox.com/mga/.
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