VideoLogic Announces Neon 250 PCI

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VideoLogic Systems - a division of Imagination Technologies - has today launched a PCI version of its Neon 250 graphics card. Neon 250 PCI will be available from the end of November 1999 from VideoLogic's network of distributors, resellers and retailers for just $169 (USA) / £106 (UK RRP, excluding VAT) and from VideoLogic's web store at www.videologic.com.

The VideoLogic Neon 250 features the NEC PowerVR 250 graphics processor with full PCI 2.1 support and integrated 250 MHz RAMDAC and comes with 32 MB of high performance SDRAM memory running at 125 MHz.

Kevin Dale, VP worldwide marketing and sales, says: "Neon 250 is a performance leader amongst PCI offerings. The demand for PCI accelerators remains considerable but many vendors have decided to ignore this important upgrade market. Neon 250 is the best possible choice for users who are looking to update their PCI 3D graphics."

On an Intel Pentium III 600 based system Neon 250 PCI achieves 64.8 frames per second on the Quake II Crusher demo and 82.7 frames per second on the Quake III Demo1, both at 640x480 resolution. On 3DMark 99 Max, run at 800x600 resolution, Neon 250 PCI scores 4061. ¹

On a typical PCI system - an Intel Pentium 200 MMX - Neon 250 PCI achieves 17.5 frames per second on the Quake II Crusher demo and 23.3 frames per second on the Quake III Demo1, both at 640x480 resolution. On 3DMark 99 Max, run at 800x600 resolution, Neon 250 PCI scores 1107.²

Neon 250 is based on the PowerVR 250 chip, part of the PowerVR Series2 family designed by PowerVR Technology and marketed by NEC. Other PowerVR Series2 chips are used in Sega's Dreamcast™ console, the Sega Naomi™ arcade system and on the R-Cade Vision 250™ from VideoLogic Systems for the ArcadePC platform.VideoLogic Customer Upgrade Program

VideoLogic Systems is now taking orders for a customer upgrade program. All customers of VideoLogic's Apocalypse 3D, 3Dx, 5D and 5D Sonic boards can upgrade to the new Neon 250 at a saving of 25% on the RRP. This offer is only available direct from VideoLogic with proof of purchase. This offer will run until the 31st January 1999. Further details can be found on the VideoLogic website at www.videologic.com

Neon 250 Features

32 MB of SDRAM Memory

250 MHz RAMDAC

1024 x 768 x 32 @ 120 Hz

1920 x 1440 x 16 @ 72 Hz

125 MHz Clock Speed

Powerful 2D Engine

  • Full ROP, text and line primitives
  • Full VGA compatibility
  • YUV to RGB colour space conversion
  • Colour key overlay


Powerful 3D Engine

  • Tile based reduced bandwidth rendering engine
  • 32-bit floating point Z-buffering calculation function with no performance penalty
  • Up to 4 million polygons/sec (forward facing delivered to the screen)
  • Huge effective fill rates for scenes with high- complexity


Full Triangle & Texture Setup

  • Full polygon setup engine
  • Bus mastered parameter fetch
  • Advanced texturing (Bi-linear, Tri-linear, Anisotropic)
  • True colour 32 bpp pipeline
  • Translucency sorting
  • Image super-sampling/scene anti-aliasing
  • Loadable per pixel table fog
  • Specular highlights with offset colours


Alpha + Multipass Blending

  • Multitexturing support
  • Colour key and alpha blended textures
  • D3D and OpenGL blend modes
  • Environment mapping


PCI Interface

  • PCI 2.1


OS/API Support

  • Windows 95 and Windows 98
  • Microsoft DirectX 6.0 & 7.0
  • GLQuake for Quake Engine games
  • PowerSGL Direct


PC 99 Support

  • PCI Power Management
  • DDC2B
  • VBE 3.0 BIOS


Notes

¹ Test machine: SE440BX2 Motherboard, 128 MB SDRAM, Pentium III 550 MHz processor, Windows 98 SE. 3DMark99Max run at 1024x768 resolution, 16-bit, triple frame buffer, V-Sync waiting off.

² Test machine: Dell motherboard, Intel 430VX chipset 64 MB PC66 SDRAM, Pentium 200 MMX processor, Windows 98 SE. 3DMark99Max run at 800x600 resolution, 16-bit, triple frame buffer, V-Sync waiting off.

All tests conducted by VideoLogic Systems, November 1999.
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