VideoLogic announces the ultimate PC gaming combo - Apocalypse 5D

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VideoLogic, the international PC multimedia and 3D graphics company, has today announced a combination 2D/3D graphics card targeted at the PC OEM and retail markets, called Apocalypse 5D. Apocalypse 5D is a single-slot PCI card that delivers high-end 3D performance from the PowerVR-based NEC PCX2 accelerator for Direct3DTM and PowerSGLTM based 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 good 3D/poor 2D," said Kevin Dale, VP 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 combo solution without compromise."

The new Apocalypse 5D pack includes the combination PCX2/ET6100-based card, 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®, a sampler CD of 5 additional games, and PowerSGLTM and Microsoft® Direct3D drivers.

The Apocalypse 5D pack has an RRP of £199.00 for the 6 MB version (4 MB SDRAM texture memory and 2 MB MDRAM frame buffer memory) and £249.00 RRP for the 8 MB version (4 MB SDRAM and 4 MB MDRAM).

Apocalypse 5D is sampling now to PC OEMs and Systems Integrators, and will be available to the retail market in August through VideoLogic's existing network of distributors, resellers and selected computer retailers.

The Apocalypse 5D combines the PowerVR-based NEC PCX2 processor and the ET6100 128-bit graphics controller on a single-slot PCI card 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 MDRAM (Multibank DRAM), upgradable to 4 MB on board. Due to the PowerVR architecture, additional z-buffer memory is not required as 32-bit accurate z-buffer functions are carried out on chip in real time. The minimum recommended system for Apocalypse 5D is a Pentium 166, with 32 MB of RAM.DOS and DirectDraw 2D performance - ET6100

The new ET6100 from Tseng Labs is a high performance 128-bit graphics controller, with integrated multimedia accelerator. The ET6100 is an enhanced version of the award-winning ET6000 device and is faster in DOS and Windows 95. The controller also comes with an improved 175 MHz 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 million colours, and is optimised 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 supports multiple video windows under DirectDraw and DirectVideo at 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® PCX2TM 3D graphics accelerator offers significantly better performance than competing products in its price range, outperforming the 3Dfx® Voodoo GraphicsTM processor, and the S3® ViRGETM processor by 10 to 20-times (according to independent tests using Microsoft Direct3D benchmarks).

The PCX2 enhancements over PCX1TM include significant increased 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 processing 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 colour. These features are key elements to more realistic game play with more clearly defined images.

The new PowerVR NEC PCX2 3D accelerator also includes other enhancements 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 colour," to 16-bit colour provides the true colour look on standard 16-bit PC graphics systems.
  • 2D/3D compositing significantly reduces system overhead, giving more cycles for 3D polygon processing.
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