Trident's Blade 3D Graphics Chip Gets a 40% Powerboost in Turbo Format for Pentium III Systems.SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Trident Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRID), the company that provides Digital Media for the Masses, today announced that the Blade 3D media accelerator is now available in a Turbo version. By taking advantage of new process technologies, the new device is clocked up to 135MHz compared to the original 110MHz.
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 Refers to properties that differ based on the direction that is measured. For example, an anisotropic antenna is a directional antenna; the power level is not the same in all directions. Contrast with isotropic. 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 Anand Lal Shimpi was born June 26, 1982 to Indian and Iranian parents. He is currently CEO of the tech website AnandTech, which he started in 1997. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in Computer Engineering. 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 DVD: see digital versatile disc.
in full digital video disc or digital versatile disc
Type of optical disc. The DVD represents the second generation of compact-disc (CD) technology. Playback (Trident Hardware Assisted MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) An ISO/ITU standard for compressing digital video. Pronounced "em-peg," it is the universal standard for digital terrestrial, cable and satellite TV, DVDs and digital video recorders (DVRs). 2/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 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. 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 For the census-designated place, see Mountain View, Contra Costa County, California. For other places called "Mountain View", see .
Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. The city gets its name from the views of the Santa Cruz Mountains. , 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.