VideoLogic announces Apocalypse 5D: The ultimate PowerVR gaming combo for PCs

SAN BRUNO, CALIF. (June 9.1997) -- VideoLogic, the international PC multimedia and 3D graphics company, has today announced the Apocalypse 5D, a combination 2D/3D PCI card that is targeted at the PC OEM and retail markets. The Apocalypse 5D delivers high-end 3D performance from the NEC PowerVR-based PCX2 accelerator for Direct3DTM and PowerSGLTM titles, combined with the 2D graphics power of the new Tseng Labs ET6100 128-bit controller for DOS and DirectDrawTM.

"Many of the current crop of combination graphics cards force the end user to compromise between good 2D/poor 3D and average 3D/poor 2D," said Kevin Dale, vice president of sales and marketing for VideoLogic Multimedia Systems. "The Apocalypse 5D delivers outstanding performance in both 2D and 3D, and for the first time gives users a solution without compromising."

The new Apocalypse 5D pack includes the combination PCX2/ET6100-based card; four full-version PowerVR-designed games, including WipeOut XLTM from Psygnosis®, ULTIM@TE RACETM from Kalisto®, Resident EvilTM from Capcom® and MechWarrior 2TM from Activision®; a sampler CD of 5 additional games; and PowerSGLTM and Microsoft Direct3D drivers.

Apocalypse 5D is a single-slot PCI card, designed for Pentium-based WindowsTM 95 PCs. The card is supplied with 4 MB of high-performance SDRAM texture memory and 2 MB of ultra-fast MDRAMTM (Multibank DRAM), upgradable to 4 MB on board. Due to its revolutionary PowerVR architecture, additional z-buffer memory is not required as 32-bit accurate z-buffer functions are carried out in real time on the PCX2 chip.Pricing and Availability

The Apocalypse 5D pack has a suggested retail price of $299.99 for the 6 MB version (4 MB SDRAM texture memory and 2 MB MDRAM frame buffer memory) and a suggested retail price of $349.00 for the 8 MB version (4 MB SDRAM and 4 MB MDRAM). Now sampling to PC OEMs and systems integrators, it will be available in the retail channel in August through VideoLogic's existing network of distributors, resellers and selected computer retailers.

DOS and DirectDraw 2D performance - ET6100

Tseng Labs' new ET6100 is a high performance 128-bit graphics controller with integrated multimedia accelerator. The ET6100, an enhanced version of the award-winning ET6000 device, is faster in DOS and Windows 95. It also comes with an improved 175MHz VGA-compatible 24-bit LUT-DAC to support additional high resolution modes. The ET6100 is capable of supporting resolutions to 1600x1200 and up to 16.8 millions colors, and is optimized to support modes such as 1280x1024, 16-bit at 75Hz and 1024x768, 24-bit at 85Hz.

The use of MDRAM enables the ET6100 to achieve higher data throughputs than both VRAM and WRAM alternatives - pushing 1 GB/sec at peak and 600 MB/sec sustained (VRAM achieves only 400 MB/sec sustained).

The ET6100 also features an integrated multimedia processor with bilinear (X and Y) interpolation enabling smoother, accelerated full-screen digital video playback. The board also incorporates MPEG-1 software playback from Xing and supports multiple video windows under DirectDraw, DirectVideo and DCI up to 30 fps.

"The new ET6100 delivers an unbeatable combination of raw DOS power and Windows 95 performance at a considerably lower price point," said Jim Bauer, Sr. vp sales and marketing at Tseng Labs. "Combined with the new PCX2 processor, the Apocalypse 5D establishes a new standard of performance in the 2D/3D graphics market."

Direct3D and PowerSGL 3D performance - NEC PXC2

The new NEC PCX2 3D graphics accelerator offers significantly better performance than competing products in its price range, outperforming the 3Dfx Voodoo graphics processor, and the S3 ViRGE processor by 10 to 20-times (according to independent tests using Microsoft Direct3D benchmarks).

PCX2 enhancements over PCX1 include a significant increase in performance as a result of integrating floating point formatting and parameter scaling functions into the PCX2 hardware setup. Offloading such processing-intensive tasks from the system CPU enables more CPU power to be dedicated to geometry setup. This performance increase also enables higher frame rates and resolutions to be supported, such as 800x600 and 1024x768 in 16-bit and 24-bit color. These features are key elements to more realistic game play with more clearly defined images.

The new PowerVR NEC PCX2 3D accelerator also has other features to improve 3D image and quality:

  • Bilinear and adaptive bilinear filtering eliminates blocky pixels, leading to smoother, more realistic images.
  • Dithering from 24-bit, or "true color," to 16-bit color provides the true color look on standard 16-bit PC graphics systems.
  • 2D/3D compositing significantly reduces system overhead, giving more cycles for 3D polygon processing.