Trident's Blade 3D Graphics Chip Gets a 40% Powerboost in Turbo Format for Pentium III Systems.
The Blade 3D Turbo has raised the performance of an entry-level graphics controller to a new standard. The most recent Mercury Research Benchmark Results Survey dated May 10th gave Trident's new Turbo a 516 3D WinBench 99, a 30% advantage over the Savage 3D. The new Turbo also scored a 186 on the 2D WinBench99, an edge higher than the Rage 128Turbo chip from ATI.
"The Blade 3D Turbo chip is a natural companion to the latest Pentium III microprocessor. Trident's expertise in advanced graphics will help the Pentium III to score in the sub-$1,000PC market," announced Jack Yuan, Trident's Assistant Vice President, Desktop Marketing. "Blade 3D by itself is a unique and powerful answer for those seeking sub-$1,000 PC or higher graphics solutions. When you add the increased performance of the Turbo version, you have a real contender for the gaming market."
One of the keys to the Blade 3D-Turbo's 3D-image quality is its ability to provide Direct3D DX6.0 anisotropic plus single-cycle trilinear texture filtering as well as compressed texture format DXT1 and DXT2. Texture is important to quality gaming experience and multiple solutions have been incorporated in the Blade 3D's texturing engine. It allows MIP Mapping with 11 levels of detail (LOD) calculations and perspective correction, and performs color keying for translucency.
"The Blade 3D's combination of outstanding image quality, decent performance, and hopefully, a low cost, combine to make the Blade 3D an excellent addition to low-cost systems," concluded Anand Lal Shimpi in his Blade 3D review on Anandtech.com.
The advanced architecture adds the true color 32-bit rendering with per pixel complexity and 1/16th sub-pixel precision. The 4 Kbytes-texture cache provides over 90% hit rates and, along with multiple buffering and page flipping, further enhances the picture rendering performance. The Blade 3D-Turbo is Trident's Open GL compliant device with blending for fog and depth queuing.
The Blade 3D Turbo incorporates Trident's highly acclaimed THAMA DVD Playback (Trident Hardware Assisted MPEG2/AC3), working with the OEM-accepted Mediamatics and the software-only DVD playback from Cyberlink. Full DVD compatibility is ensured by the core's compliance to Microsoft DirectShow and the WHQL certification. DVD Playback on the Blade 3D Turbo easily meets the film industry's full-motion video requirement for 30 frames per second and still leaves up to 50% CPU headroom on a PII 300MHz only system.
The Blade 3D Turbo, produced in a .25 Micron process, will be available in June, 1999 for $17.00 in quantities of 10K.
Trident Microsystems, Inc., with headquarters in Mountain View, California, designs, develops and markets graphics and multimedia integrated circuits for PCs. Trident's products are sold through a network of OEMs, original design manufacturers and system integrators worldwide. For further information about Trident and its products please consult the Company's Web site: http://www.tridentmicro.com.