VideoLogic Announces Second Generation 3D Accelerator Card -- Apocalypse 3Dx™

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VideoLogic, the international PC multimedia and 3D graphics company, has today launched its second generation high-end dedicated 3D graphics accelerator card for the PC market called Apocalypse 3Dx. Apocalypse 3Dx is based on the recently introduced NEC® PCX2™ 3D processor, designed by NEC Electronics and VideoLogic Technology Division.

The new Apocalypse 3Dx card delivers 50% more performance, supports higher display resolutions and has a substantially improved 3D image quality, through the inclusion of bilinear and adaptive bilinear texture filtering, over the original PCX1-based Apocalypse 3D card. In addition, the new Apocalypse 3Dx pack has an expanded games bundle, with four full version, PowerVR-designed games, including: WipeOut 2097TM from Psygnosis®, ULTIM@TE RACETM from Kalisto®, Resident EvilTM from Capcom® and MechWarrior 2TM from Activision®. The new card is also fully backwards compatible with all existing PowerVR and Direct3D drivers and games.

The price for the new Apocalypse 3Dx pack (including the PCX2-based card, four full version PowerVR games, PowerSGL and Microsoft D3D drivers) remains unchanged at £159.00 RRP, with an estimated street price of £139.00. The card is sampling now to PC OEMs and Systems Integrators, and will be available to the retail market this Summer through VideoLogic's existing network of distributors and resellers. Recommended system requirements for Apocalypse 3Dx is a Pentium 133, with 32Mb of RAM.

"With the recent launch of the NEC PCX2 and now Apocalypse 3Dx, VideoLogic Systems is finally closing the debate on the best 3D accelerator on the market," said Kevin Dale, European sales and marketing manager for VideoLogic Systems. "Apocalypse 3Dx is a full 40% faster than its nearest 3D rivals based on 3Dfx, and unlike all conventional 3D accelerators, will continue to improve in performance with newer and faster CPUs."

Excluding the new PCX2 processor upgrade, the board design for Apocalypse 3Dx remains identical to the first generation card, being a single slot half length PCI card for Pentium based Windows 95 PCs. The card is compatible with DirectDraw-enabled 2D graphics cards or controllers. Apocalypse 3Dx is supplied with 4 MB of high performance SDRAM texture memory on board.VideoLogic Systems Apocalypse 3Dx Upgrade Program

In conjunction with the launch of Apocalypse 3Dx, VideoLogic has also introduced a special upgrade program for all existing customers of the original NEC PCX1-based Apocalypse 3D. VideoLogic Systems will offer all registered customers an upgrade path to the new Apocalypse 3Dx pack. The upgrade pack will be available directly from VideoLogic Systems and will contain the two new PowerVR games titles plus a PCX2 based accelerator card. This special Apocalypse 3Dx upgrade pack will be priced at £59.00 (exc. VAT and delivery).

Second Generation NEC PCX2 Processor

The new NEC® PCX2TM 3D graphics accelerator offers significantly better performance than competing products in its price range, outperforming the 3Dfx® Voodoo GraphicsTM processor by up to 40 percent and the S3® ViRGETM processor by 10- to 20-times, according to independent tests using Microsoft® Direct3DTM benchmarks.

The PCX2 enhancements include significant increased performance as a result of integrating floating to fix point formatting and parameter scaling functions into the PCX2 hardware setup. Offloading such processing-intensive tasks from the system CPU enables more processing power to be dedicated to Geometry setup. This performance increase also enables higher frame rates and resolutions, such as 800x600 and 1024x768 in 16-bit and 24-bit colour. These features are key elements to more realistic game play with more clearly defined images.

The new PowerVR processor also has other features to improve 3D image and display:

  • Bilinear and adaptive bilinear filtering eliminates blocky pixels, leading to smoother, more realistic images.
  • Dithering from 24-bit, or "true colour," to 16-bit colour provides the true colour look on standard 16-bit PC graphics systems, giving a more photorealistic image on mainstream PCs.
  • Compositing 2D and 3D on the PCX2 accelerator significantly reduces system overhead, giving more cycles for 3D polygon processing.


New Games Bundle for Apocalypse 3Dx

The new Apocalypse 3Dx pack has an expanded games bundle, with four full version, PowerVR-designed games, including: WipeOut 2097TM from Psygnosis®, ULTIM@TE RACETM from Kalisto®, Resident EvilTM from Capcom® and MechWarrior 2TM from Activision®.

All four games are certified according to the new PowerVR Ready Games Program. Resident Evil and ULTIM@TE RACE are certified as PowerVR ExtremeTM games. This is the ultimate PowerVR certification, reserved for games with the highest quality game play and market appeal. Games in this category must achieve a frame rate and resolution of 30 fps at 800x600.

WipeOut 2097 and MechWarrior 2 are classified as PowerVR EnhancedTM games, which are highly optimised ports of games from other platforms. Minimum requirements for a title in this category include a frame rate of up to 30 fps, resolution of 640x480 and up to 800x600, and a minimum colour depth of 16 bits.

3D Games Available for PowerVR

PowerSGL
Ultim@te Race, Kalisto Entertainment
Mech Warrior 2, Activision
Bio Hazard/Resident Evil, Capcom
Revolte, Virtuality KK
A Train No 5 (Japan), ArtDink
Flight UnLimited, Looking Glass
(Available soon)
WipeOut 2097, Psygnosis
Star Gladiator, Capcom
Destruction Derby 2, Psygnosis
MDK, Shiny Entertainment
Pod, Ubisoft
D3D
Die Hard Trilogy, Fox Interactive
Hyperblade, Activision
Hellbender, Microsoft Home
Monster Truck Madness, Microsoft Home
Terracide, Eidos Interactive
Descent 2, Interplay
Independence Day, Fox Interactive
Dark Rift, Vic Tokai
Cyber Gladiators, Sierra On-Line


For more information, please contact sales@videologic.com.

VideoLogic is a registered trademark of VideoLogic Ltd. PowerVR, PowerVR Ready, PowerSGL, PowerSGL Direct are trademarks or registered trademarks of VideoLogic Ltd. NEC, PCX1 and PCX2 are trademarks or registered trademarks of NEC Corp. Microsoft, Direct 3D, and Windows 95 are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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