Intergraph announces Reactor 3D game card -- best price/performance ever for the consumer 3D games market; accelerated 3D graphics technology optimized for realistic, interactive games action.HUNTSVILLE, Ala.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 16, 1996--Intergraph Computer Systems' newly formed Consumer Products Division today announced Reactor, a new 3D game card aimed at the exploding market for interactive 3D games. The announcement marks the first foray into Verb 1. foray into - enter someone else's territory and take spoils; "The pirates raided the coastal villages regularly"
encroach upon, intrude on, obtrude upon, invade - to intrude upon, infringe, encroach on, violate; "This new colleague invades my the 3D games market for Intergraph who is the recognized leader in high-end 3D graphics technology for professional content creators on the Windows NT (Windows New Technology) A 32-bit operating system from Microsoft for Intel x86 CPUs. NT is the core technology in Windows 2000 and Windows XP (see Windows). Available in separate client and server versions, it includes built-in networking and preemptive multitasking. platform.
The Reactor game card incorporates the Verite vé·ri·té
Cinéma vérité. (TM) V1000 chip from Rendition(R), which enjoys broad support throughout the 3D games industry and serves as a platform for the most popular 3D games titles on the market. Reactor's Verite V1000 chip is also compatible with Direct3D, Microsoft's set of API services for real-time 3D graphics on the PC, ensuring compatibility with over 100 3D game titles developed using Direct3D.
"Reactor provides not only the high-quality 3D graphics that customers expect from Intergraph, but also 2D performance for DOS games, 3D in a window, and compatibility with a huge selection of popular 3D game titles," said Wade Patterson, president of Intergraph Computer Systems. "We're also excited to have Ingram Micro Ingram Micro, Inc. NYSE: IM a Fortune 100 company founded in 1979 and based in Santa Ana, California. It is the world’s largest technology distributor and a leading technology sales, marketing and logistics company. as the first distributor for Reactor. Our agreement with Ingram Micro, the premiere distributor of consumer computing products, ensures that Reactor will be available to the widest possible audience at the lowest possible price."
Michael Boich, president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. at Rendition, said, "We at Rendition are proud to have our Verite V1000 technology adopted by Intergraph, a name synonymous with synonymous with
adjective equivalent to, the same as, identical to, similar to, identified with, equal to, tantamount to, interchangeable with, one and the same as high-quality 3D graphics. The Reactor game card offers games enthusiasts an affordable way to get the most out of their 3D game titles."
High Performance 3D Technology Specifically Designed for 3D Games
Reactor offers some of the most impressive capabilities ever offered on a consumer game card, with application throughput of up to 600,000 25-pixel Gouraud-shaded, mono-source lit, bilinear-filtered texture-mapped triangles per second, rendered in true color (1) Specifically, refers to 16,777,216 colors (24-bit color). See high color.
(2) Generically, refers to photo-realistic color (typically requires 24-bit color as a minimum). with sub-pixel and sub-texel accurate positioning. This high performance allows games developers to reach new levels of quality in games development. "Intergraph has given our developers the most flexible and responsive creative environment possible," said John Carmack John Carmack may refer to
The ultimate result for 3D games users is striking visual imagery, real-time interactivity and heightened realism, at an extraordinary price for the level of performance that Reactor delivers. Reactor also provides the following features that are essential for a top-quality 3D games experience:
-- Perspective correction: Ensures that textures mapped to a polygon move in tandem with the polygon when the viewing angle changes.
-- Bilinear bi·lin·e·ar
Linear with respect to each of two variables or positions. Used of functions or equations.
Adj. 1. bilinear - linear with respect to each of two variables or positions and trilinear filtering: Enables smooth, realistic surface textures.
-- Gouraud shading: Provides exceptionally photorealistic Having the image quality of a photograph. shading effects.
-- MIP mapping: Eliminates "blockiness" of images when viewed from different distances.
-- Antialiasing See anti-aliasing. : Removes "jaggies" or stairstep stair·step
1. A step in a staircase.
2. stairsteps A staircase.
3. One of a series of objects or items grouped progressively according to height.
tr. & intr.v. patterns from polygon edges.
-- Sub-pixel and sub-texel positional accuracy: Enables smooth, natural display of moving objects.
-- Alpha blending: Enables visually convincing display of transparent or semi-transparent surfaces.
While other game cards on the market offer some of these features, many rely on the PC's host processor to perform these CPU-intensive rendering functions. The result is reduced frame rates and lower levels of realism and interactivity. Reactor's Verite V1000 chip has a powerful RISC RISC
in full Reduced Instruction Set Computing
Computer architecture that uses a limited number of instructions. RISC became popular in microprocessors in the 1980s. core that offloads 3D graphics functions from the host CPU CPU
in full central processing unit
Principal component of a digital computer, composed of a control unit, an instruction-decoding unit, and an arithmetic-logic unit. , allowing the CPU to carry out other game functions. What this means for game users if a more interactive, real-time 3D game experience at the great price/performance point.
Compatible with Hundreds of 3D Game Titles
More than 20 3D titles have already been ported and demonstrated with Reactor technology, including some of the most popular 3D games on the market, such as Quake, Descent II, Fatal Racing, IndyCar II, Zone Raiders, Actua Soccer and Microsoft's Hellbender hellbender: see salamander.
Salamander (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis, family Cryptobranchidae) found in swift-flowing rivers in the eastern and central U.S. It grows to about 25 in. . "Intergraph's new Reactor board will be a top Quake performer," says id's Carmack, "and will be fully exploited with custom microcode A set of elementary instructions in a complex instruction set computer (CISC). The microcode resides in a separate high-speed memory and functions as a translation layer between the machine instructions and the circuit level of the computer. for the onboard RISC processor."
Reactor is also compatible with over 100 Direct3D titles on the market, and supports a wide variety of developer APIs, including RealityLab, Speedy3D(TM), and Intel 3DR. The highly flexible design of Reactor's Verite V1000 chip also ensures maximum adaptability to future changes in the rapidly evolving entertainment market.
Outstanding 2D Performance for Mainstream PC Applications
Reactor is an exceptionally versatile card that offers not only dedicated 3D games performance but also full 2D performance for standard PC applications. This is an important feature for game users, most of whom use their PC for other tasks such as word-processing and home finance. Reactor's Verite V1000 processor incorporates a VGA (Video Graphics Array) The display standard for the PC. All PC display adapters support VGA, and Windows machines boot up in "VGA mode" before switching to higher resolutions. core that enables backwards compatibility with DOS-based games, which are still popular with games users. Drivers are available for optimized operation with Windows 3.1, Windows 95, DirectDraw, and Direct3D.
Accelerated Digital Video Playback
Reactor offers YUV-to-RGB color space conversion Changing one type of color-encoded signal into another. Converting from RGB to YUV and back to RGB are common color space conversions when working with video formats (see YUV). Converting from the display color space (RGB) to the printer color space (CMYK) is another common example. , accommodating the growing popularity of digital video for personal computers. The Reactor's Verite V1000 processor provides image scaling with bilinear interpolation for smooth playback of full-screen, full-motion video. This capability also enhances 3D games that use digital video texture maps for photorealistic surfaces.
Pricing and Availability
Reactor 3D game cards will be distributed exclusively by Ingram Micro and will ship to Ingram on October 1. Reactor should be available in retail outlets shortly thereafter. The Reactor with 4MB of on-board memory, will be bundled with at least two premiere 3D game titles and will be value-priced at $199.
Intergraph Background Information
Intergraph Computer Systems is the world leader in 3D graphics technology, products, and services for Windows NT. Intergraph develops, manufactures, sells, and supports computer systems for the creative and technical desktop as well as servers, networking, and interoperability products for IT solutions. Hardware products include Pentium Pro processor/Windows NT-based graphics workstations and servers. A member of the Fortune 1000, Intergraph is the world's largest company dedicated to supplying interactive computer graphics systems. -0-
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