VideoLogic Announces Vivid!XS Elite™ Graphics Card

March 13, 2002: VideoLogic Systems – a division of Imagination Technologies – announces the VideoLogic Vivid!XS Elite performance graphics add-in card. Based on KYRO II SE™ PowerVR graphics processor the Vivid!XS Elite offers advanced graphics features including EnT&L™ Enhanced T&L and Smarter Rendering Technology to maximise speed and minimise redundant rendering. The RRP of the 64MB Vivid!XS Elite is just £119 (inc. VAT) / €199 (inc. tax Germany).

The VideoLogic Vivid!XS Elite is a fully-featured, high-performance graphics card for gamers at an affordable price with blazing games performance, future proof technology, full support for industry-standard game APIs like Microsoft® Direct3D™ and OpenGL™, a fast 128-bit 2D engine, hardware video playback, TV output and DVD decode acceleration.

Kevin Dale, president, VideoLogic Systems, says: "For high-intensity gaming the KYRO II SE based Vivid!XS Elite provides outstanding performance and specification with an wide range of unique features including Textur8™ eight-layer multitexturing as well as enormous effective fill rates, intense scene complexity and the dazzling visual quality of full 32-bit rendering."

Vivid!XS features stunning 3D effects including:

To deliver optimal cost-performance KYRO II SE supports the new EnT&L driver technology which unites the advanced features of KYRO II SE with transform and lighting to provide superior performance to cost comparable solutions. EnT&L is optimized for KYRO II SE AGP 4X SBA operation and Implicit Guard Band Clipping.

Smarter Rendering Technology
As game complexity increases, so does overdraw, resulting in performance decreases on traditional graphics architectures. KYRO II SE's PowerVR architecture utilizes a smarter rendering technology, which defers texturing to ensure that only graphics information that will be visible on screen is processed. This smarter graphics architecture allows KYRO II SE to outperform cost-comparative graphics solutions based on traditional graphics architectures. Smarter rendering technology also ensures that as game complexity increases KYRO II SE based cards will remain a more effective performance solution than graphics cards based on traditional architectures. KYRO II SE's smarter rendering technology is fully transparent under DirectX and OGL ensuring that games designers can take advantage of its performance features without additional programming and KYRO II SE's smarter rendering technology can improve performance on all DirectX and OGL compatible games titles.

With Textur8 KYRO II SE fully supports single pass 8-layer multitexturing – the maximum allowed in DirectX 8.1 – significantly improving on the texturing capabilities of traditional accelerators. With its support of multiple texture layers, KYRO II SE allows more detailed backgrounds, realistically lit models, and more plausible environments to be created. When compared with traditional accelerators, KYRO II SE's 8-layer multitexturing results in significant performance and quality improvements. Single pass 8-layer multitexturing is currently only available on KYRO family products and traditional renderers have to perform multiple passes to achieve the same effects, which reduces performance and degrades image quality.

TrueRender™ OnChip FSAA
KYRO II SE provides pixel-perfect FSAA with zero memory footprint allowing class-leading FSAA performance and enhanced image quality without requiring the large amounts of additional memory for FSAA data storage needed by traditional renderers. This frees KYRO II SE board memory for other uses, like storage of larger and more complex textures. KYRO II SE makes use of TrueRender OnChip to implement both 2X and 4X high quality Full Scene Anti-Aliasing.

Bump Map Complete™
KYRO II SE's BMC bump-mapping engine provides the most complete support for DirectX 8.1 bump mapping features of any graphics card in its class with support for EMBM, Dot3 and Embossed bump mapping. BMC adds significant realism to 3D rendered scenes by allowing the developer to create the illusion of depth on a surface.

KYRO II SE's Environment Bump Mapping uses per pixel operations to represent detail on any polygon. As KYRO II SE's Environment Bump Mapping is fully DirectX 8.1 compliant, developers are able to use it to create a wide range of effects including making metal, plastic, rubber, or other objects look real. KYRO II SE also supports Dot3 bump mapping for additional shading detail within polygons and per-pixel lighting as well as embossed bump mapping for the maximum compatibility with the latest 3D titles.

Internal True Colour®
All of KYRO II SE's pixel operations are rendered on chip at full 32-bit Internal True Colour resolution, maintaining the best possible image quality irrespective of the number of image layers or frame buffer bit depth. When operating in 16bpp frame buffer, KYRO II SE avoids the colour banding or grainy effects seen on traditional hardware, and the consumer receives best game performance without sacrificing visual quality. Internal True Colour also saves memory bandwidth whatever the colour depth, thus enabling KYRO to provide class-leading performance in 32bpp modes.

Vivid!XS Elite's PowerVR technology thrives on complex 3D games – its effective fillrate actually increasing as the games gets more complex, drawing increasingly 'deep' and complete 3D worlds. At an average image depth complexity of four (typical of new 3D games) Vivid!XS Elitre provides an effective fill rate of 1.4 gigapixels per second. Vivid!XS Elite includes 64MB of high performance SDRAM memory and its PowerVR KYRO II SE graphics processor has support for resolutions up to 1920X1440 (@ 60 Hz refresh), 200MHz clock-speed, and 4X AGP support.

TV output
Vivid!XS Elite can connect to any television, VCR or projector to display games and DVD movies in full-screen format or tape game sequences and videos for digital editing. The Vivid!XS Elite retail package also includes the latest version of InterVideo's award-winning, fully-featured WinDVD software for high-quality software DVD playback.

Vivid!XS Elite is backed up by the very best in free lifetime support including: technical support hotlines; Internet based support; and a five year hardware warranty.

Editor's Notes
Vivid!XS Elite minimum system requirements: Intel Celeron 300 MHz or AMD-K6-2 300 MHz with AGP bus slot, running Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP.