VideoLogic launches ultra-low-cost graphics card for entry-level PCs -- GrafixStar 410
SAN BRUNO, Calif.--June 2, 1997--VideoLogic, one of the world's leading makers of computer graphics and 3D hardware, today began shipping a low-cost, entry-level 64-bit multimedia accelerator targeted at the retail channel and PC OEMs.
Based on the new S3 Trio 64V2 controller, the GrafixStar 410 is designed to replace the popular GrafixStar 400 (based on the S3 Trio 64V+) as VideoLogic's entry level graphics card solution.
The GrafixStar 410 comes with 1 MB of high-speed EDO DRAM on board, upgradable to 2 MB, and has a suggested retail price of $64.99, with an expected street price of $55. The 2 MB version has a suggested retail price of $79.99, with an expected street price of $69. In comparison with the current GrafixStar 400, the new GrafixStar 410 delivers 15 percent better graphics performance, full bilinear video scaling for better quality AVI and software MPEG playback and a higher performance RAMDAC (135 MHz to 170 MHz) for faster, more ergonomic refresh rates. "With the launch of the GrafixStar 410, VideoLogic is delivering on its promise to give its customers the very latest in graphics and multimedia technology at the most competitive prices," said Kevin Dale, vice president of sales and marketing for VideoLogic Multimedia Systems. "Even with current developments in 3D, a large proportion of PCs shipped are still manufactured with entry-level 2D graphics only and the GrafixStar 410 meets the needs for both high-performance 2D graphics and low cost."
The GrafixStar 410 is a Windows 95 Plug-and-Play PCI accelerator card and comes with an integrated multimedia processor for high quality, scaled up, accelerated playback of Cinepak and other digital video formats. The card supports resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200, with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz and up to 16.7 million colors. "When 2D graphics customers feel ready to move to 3D, VideoLogic's award-winning Apocalypse 3D accelerator is the ideal dedicated arcade-performance 3D graphics partner to the GrafixStar 410," said Dale.GrafixMAX Drivers
VideoLogic has developed accelerated software drivers for the GrafixStar 410 using its custom designed GrafixMAX technology, which produces an increase in Windows 95 performance of up to 35 percent.
Free Prolab Software Bundle
As part of the GrafixStar 410 customer pack, VideoLogic is also bundling $300.00 of Prolab multimedia software, free of charge. The Prolab software package consists of three software titles -- Image Folio, VideoWork and MediaScope. ImageFolio is a multimedia image processing application that allows you to edit, re-shape and colour images, with full twain capability for scanner interface. VideoWork is a video capturing, editing and playback application that can manipulate and compress multiple video formats. Using over 150 transition effects and a wide range of video and audio special effects, VideoWork produces professional customised video on your PC. MediaScope is a three-in-one on-screen multimedia CD player that gives the PC user an easy to use and visual interface for playing media CDs, music CDs and MPEG CDs.
VideoLogic has developed a suite of "smart" utilities for use with the GrafixStar 410 under Windows 95, including SmartDesktop and SmartDisplay. SmartDesktop is an enhanced virtual desktop manager, enabling resolution switching on the fly. SmartDisplay is a graphics display Wizard that helps users make the most suitable install and set up decisions for their graphics subsystems.
VideoLogic Product Information and Support
VideoLogic products are available through computer retailers, resellers and directly from VideoLogic at (800) 578-5644. For OEM pricing of VideoLogic products, contact VideoLogic at (415) 875-0606. All VideoLogic products come with 24-hour online support. The company may also be reached through its site on the World Wide Web at http://www.videologic.com or through its no-cost fax back service at (800) 203-8587.
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