VideoLogic Targets PC OEMs with PowerVR 3D Accelerator Card
VideoLogic has announced the first 3D accelerator card based on the revolutionary PowerVR 3D technology from NEC and VideoLogic. The new card is based on the PCX1 chip from NEC and is a Windows 95, PCI based 3D accelerator card for the PC. The card brings arcade-level performance and realism to a new wave of consumer PC games, that will appear by Christmas. The card is targeted at PC OEMs wanting to incorporate high performance 3D capability into next generation consumer PCs.
The card is a single slot PCI half card providing 3D acceleration for any Direct Draw compatible motherboard graphics controller or graphics card. The card is fully Plug and Play compliant, supports Microsoft D3D and PowerVR SGL and is targeted at the Power Gamer and Home PC markets. A significant number of games developers are already porting best selling PC, console and arcade games to PowerVR and Compaq has today announced that its new Presario range of consumer PCs, to be launched this Summer, will integrate the PowerVR 3D technology.
As a two chip card solution (PCX1 and 1Mb or 2Mb of texture memory), the card sets new price/performance levels in the 3D PC sector, and outperforms and undercuts all the current 3D accelerator cards in the PC market. The card is sampling now to PC OEMs, with prices approximately $95 (1Mb) and $125 (2Mb) in quantities of 10,000. VideoLogic plans to release a retail product later in the year.
"PowerVR represents a revolution in 3D graphics for the PC," said Kevin Dale, VideoLogic's European sales and marketing manager. "PC users will no longer have to turn to the console or arcade to play performance 3D games. The card gives the home PC user and Power Gamer the same level of 3D gameplay they have come to expect from the arcade world, and with the growing support from the games developers, we are confident that our new PowerVR card will be a compelling option for all OEMs targeting the home PC market."
"Incorporating the PowerVR architecture into its new line of enthusiast systems, Compaq will be bringing arcade-level games to the home PC market, for a reasonable price," said Jon Peddie, president Jon Peddie Associates. "We anticipate the 3D add-in card market will grow to over 40 million units by the year 2000."Performance
The card delivers unprecedented 3D rendering performance in the PC - outperforming current non-3D accelerated PC solutions by 25 times, performance is rated at 8 billion operations/sec and delivers up to 1m polygons/sec, with pixel fill rates up to 60 million pixels/sec. This performance allows the new card to deliver stunningly realistic rendered images at frames rates in excess of 30fps at 640x480 resolutions in 24 bit true colour. PCX1 also performs 32 bit equivalent Z-Buffering on the chip, eliminating the need for expensive Z-Buffer memory, the performance bottleneck on traditional 3D systems.
The new card also gives games developers a comprehensive set of hardware accelerated 3D functions for advanced 3D realism such as; perspective correct textures; mip mapping; real time shadows; advanced lighting; fogging; multi-level translucency and smooth shading. The performance and 3D features of the PCX1 will, for the first time, give the new generation of Windows 95 PC games, the same look and feel as Gamers experience on today's arcades.
- NEC PCX1 single 3D graphics processor
- 1Mb SDRAM or 2Mb SGRAM high performance texture memory on board
- PCI 2.1 Plug and Play card
- Microsoft DirectX (Direct3D) and VideoLogic PowerVR SGL software drivers
- Available with enhanced versions of leading games titles
- Sampling to PC OEMs now
The new accelerator card sets new levels of price/performance in the 3D market - delivering much greater performance than a high end games console for less than half the cost. The card also offers the best price/performance of all the 3D PC accelerator solutions currently available in the PC market.
Games Title Support for PowerVR
A growing number of developers are committed to producing games or supporting PowerVR. These include:
- Namco - RaveRacer, Air Combat 22 and Tekken
- Looking Glass Technologies Inc
- Mindscape International
- Mindscape Bordeaux
- Virtuality KK
- Psygnosis Ltd
- Gremlin Interactive Ltd
Many titles under development will be enhanced to support PowerVR's SGL advanced features, and available for OEM software bundles with the card. All games currently under development for PowerVR are best selling titles.
Microsoft Direct3D Support
PowerVR is fully compatible with Microsoft's DirectX API's and this support will allow all DirectX games titles developed to exploit the capabilities of the PowerVR architecture to run on the new card . The launch of VideoLogic's new card for the retail market is set to coincide with the availability of the new Microsoft DirectX titles, planned for later this Summer.