VideoLogic Announces 2D/3D Graphics Board For High-Performance OEM and Windows NT Markets

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SAN BRUNO, CALIF. (March 31, 1997) VideoLogic, one of the world's leading makers of computer graphics and 3D hardware, today announced the introduction of the GrafixStar 750 to its award-winning GrafixStar product line. The new multimedia accelerator, based on the S3 ViRGE/VX integrated graphics, video and 3D controller, is designed as a high-end 2D/3D graphics solution for the professional market. It delivers high resolution, high performance Windows NT and Windows 95 acceleration for the most demanding of 32-bit graphics and 3D applications. Available now for OEMs, it will begin retail shipping in April with either 4 MB or 8 MB of memory starting at an MSRP of $279.

"The GrafixStar 750 is targeted at the professional-level and graphics-intensive users who demand the very best in graphics performance, especially at the higher resolutions," said Jordan Watters, vice president of sales and marketing for VideoLogic, Inc. "This card is ideally suited to the rapidly growing Windows NT 4.0 systems market, as well as users of sophisticated design and CAD/CAM packages. The GrafixStar 750 gives these users the graphics and 3D support they require without the investment in workstation-priced hardware."

Supporting 4 MB of super fast VRAM as standard, the GrafixStar 750 will have an MSRP of $279. The card is also upgradable to 8 MB, with an additional 4 MB of DRAM texture memory for enhanced 3D quality and performance, and comes with support for OpenGL, Direct3D and S3d applications. The 8 MB version will retail for $329.

The GrafixStar 750 is a Windows NT and Windows 95 Plug and Play PCI graphics card, with an integrated multimedia accelerator that supports full screen digital video playback. With 4 MB of VRAM, the card delivers very high performance at resolutions of up to 1600 x 1200, with a maximum refresh rate of 200Hz and supporting up to 16.7 million colors.

In addition, the S3-based ViRGE/VX controller on board the GrafixStar 750 supports features demanded by today's 3D applications, including: flat and Gouraud shading, perspective correction, bilinear and trilinear texture filtering, MIP mapping, depth cueing, fogging, alpha blending, video texture mapping and Z-buffering.GrafixMAX and D3D Drivers

VideoLogic has developed accelerated software drivers for the GrafixStar 750 using its custom designed GrafixMAX technology, which produces an increase in Windows 95 performance of up to 35 percent. Both the retail and OEM versions of the GrafixStar 750 also come with Microsoft Direct3D drivers compliant to Direct X 3.0.

Free Prolab Software Bundle

As part of the GrafixStar 750 retail customer pack, VideoLogic is bundling over $300 of Prolab multimedia software, free of charge. The Prolab software package consists of three software titles, including Image Folio, VideoWork and MediaScope.

  • Image Folio is a multimedia image processing application that allows you to edit, re-shape and color 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 customized 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 SmartTools

VideoLogic has also developed a suite of "Smart" utilities for use with the GrafixStar 750 under Windows 95, including SmartDesktop and SmartDisplay: SmartDesktop is an enhanced virtual desktop manager, enabling resolution switching on the fly; SmartDisplay, a graphics display Wizard to help users make the most suitable install and set up decisions for their graphics subsystems.

Product Information, Support and OEM Pricing

The GrafixStar 750 comes with a five-year warranty and is supplied with software drivers supporting Windows 3.11, Windows 95, Windows NT and IBM OS/2.

The company may 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.

VideoLogic products are available through computer retailers, resellers and directly from VideoLogic at (800) 578-5644. For OEM pricing of the GrafixStar product line, contact Jordan Watters at (415) 875-0606

EDITOR'S NOTE: Photography is available upon request and products are available for review. Please contact Steve Sylvia at (415) 928-8295 or via e-mail at sesylvia@aol.com.

Press Contacts: Steve Sylvia, (415) 928-8295 or sesylvia@aol.com.

VideoLogic, GrafixStar and GrafixMAX are trademarks of VideoLogic, Inc. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective companies.
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