New Radius Graphics Accelerators Transform Macintosh and Power Macintosh Computers into Powerful Graphics Workstations; Thunder IV GX Series and Thunder 24 GT Cards Offer Fastest, High-Resolution Graphics Acceleration Available.
Consisting of four different models, the Thunder family of graphics accelerators is a series of 7-inch NuBus cards that combine the best technology of both Radius and SuperMac to provide creative professionals with greater functionality and maximum productivity.
The Thunder series' broad feature set offers the highest price/performance values in one line of products. Combined with the fastest photo-realistic graphics acceleration available, the family of cards includes a built-in PhotoEngine Photoshop accelerator daughtercard, ColorComposer color matching software and Dynamic Desktop software to provide the most comprehensive graphics acceleration feature set available on one card.
"Our new Thunder series brings more power to the Macintosh and Power Macintosh platform by combining the most cutting-edge technologies available, in a fully integrated, small form factor solution," said Chuck Berger, chairman and CEO of Radius. "These new products deliver greater performance and higher functionality in areas critical to creative professionals and can easily pay for themselves in increased productivity in a matter of days or weeks."
Speed and Performance Provide Unparalleled Return on Investment
The new Thunder series offers the highest resolution available with fast acceleration of many time-consuming operations, such as those in Photoshop, that are critical to creative professionals.
Performance Analysis Resolution Thunder Series Power Mac 8100/80 (4MB) Built-in Video Total number 1.92 million 1.00 million 92% more information of pixels (1600x1200) (1152x870) onscreen with Super Resolution. Photoshop image A full size Less than 3" Without Super viewed at 1:1 4" x 5" x 4" of the Resolution, zoom factor transparency 4" x 5" user must scroll is visible transparency to work at 1:1 or onscreen at is visible at else zoom out to 300 dpi 300 dpi see an entire transparency. But Photoshop discards information when it zooms out making it preferable to work at 1:1. Quark Xpress 21.8" x 15.5" 15.5 x 11.0" at With Super document with at Actual Size Actual Size Resolution, facing rulers visible spreads are easily visible at several page sizes, with room to spare outside the margins. Without Super Resolution, even facing a4 pages are cropped at actual size. Excel 20 columns x 14 columns x 58 More than twice spreadsheet 84 rows = 1680 rows = 812 cells as many (868) cells cells viewable. (Font = Geneva 10, column width = 10, row height = 13) Acrobat "Fit Page" "Fit Page" view Documents are document view at 186% at 130% of actual easier to read of actual size size with more information displayed.
Photoshop line- 4.6 seconds 19.8 seconds 4.3 times faster by-line scroll
MacBench 1:1 21.5 seconds 39.6 seconds Radius 1.8 times Video Mix faster Gaussian Blur 14 seconds 64 seconds Radius 4.6 times r=2 faster Unsharp Mask 16 seconds 68 seconds Radius 4.3 times 100/2/0 faster Image Resize 17 seconds 38 seconds Radius 2.2 times 90% faster Arbitrary 32 seconds 56 seconds Radius 1.8 times Rotate 13 faster
Hydra 2.1 1 tick 17 ticks Radius 17 times Copy Bits faster CMYK Screen 1.8 seconds 3.0 seconds Radius 1.7 times Redraw faster
Photoshop tests: 18MB RGB image (24MB image for CMYK scrolling test) with Photoshop 3.0 and a 100 MB RAM partition. Scrolling tests at 1152 x 870 x 24 bits. -0-
Fastest Photoshop Acceleration Available
With four AT&T 32-bit DSPs, the Thunder family offers the same fast Photoshop acceleration previously only offered by Radius' highly acclaimed PhotoEngine Photoshop accelerator. By incorporating PhotoEngine technology into the Thunder series of cards, users gain Adobe-charged Photoshop acceleration for resamples, filters, mode conversions, and onscreen graphics acceleration for display of Photoshop CMYK images.
PhotoEngine also provides increased productivity to creative professionals that work primarily in the printing industry's CMYK color space right from their display. Those who work with detailed images can operate directly in CMYK format without the performance degradation associated with display redraw of Photoshop CMYK images.
In addition to the acceleration of other functions such as filtering and resampling, this feature will allow users to spend more time exploring their creative options.
Color Matching Made Easy With ColorComposer
Radius' color matching software, ColorComposer, is bundled with the new Thunder cards. ColorComposer enables users to match their display's appearance to other displays in their work group or even to various color printers. ColorComposer ships with a printer reference file showing numerous color patterns.
Users may print the file, then adjust the color patterns on-screen until they match the print out. This works for any display/printer combination, and is a form of "perceptual color matching," as close a match as the user's eye can distinguish.
ColorComposer also offers simple control over white point settings, a critical component to matching the white color of paper, which varies widely from the yellow tones of newsprint to the bright white of laser printer paper. Included as part of ColorComposer's Basic Tools are on-the-fly adjustment of the display white point, image linearity (display gamma settings) and image balance.
A filing system allows the user to save any number of configurations for matching colors in different lighting environments and for matching multiple color displays or printers.
Another unique feature of ColorComposer is The Matching Game - an easy-to-use tutorial that displays a sequence of random colors that the user has to try to match on screen. The game offers a unique and fun way to teach basic color concepts to people just getting started using color.
Radius Super Resolution
Radius' Super Resolution of 1600 x 1200, available in 24-bit mode on the GX 1600 model (all models support 1600 x 1200 x 8-bit), nearly doubles the maximum built-in video resolution of 1152 x 870 available on some high-end Macintosh and Power Macintosh systems. Super Resolution displays 92 percent more pixels which provides creative professionals with the greatest image detail, smoother graphics and maximum desktop area available on the Macintosh today.
Super Resolution will dramatically enhance the professional's view of intricate Quark, Illustrator, Acrobat and Freehand documents. The Super Resolution feature of the Thunder series is designed to complement Radius' line of high resolution monitors, the PressView 21 T and SuperMatch 21 T XL.
The combination of these products results in the ultimate color desktop solution that delivers the fastest drawing speed, greater desktop workspace, and accurate color matching for greater performance and productivity.
On-the-Fly Resolution Control with Dynamic Desktop
Bundled with the Thunder series, Radius' Dynamic Desktop software enables users to change resolution and bit-depth on the fly without having to reboot or re-launch applications. The easy-to-use pull-down menu and hot keys option, allows creative professionals to navigate quickly and easily through complex documents and images using the hardware pan and zoom function.
Price and Availability
Continually offering customers the best in image processing technology, Radius designed the Thunder series to offer a powerful selection to meet every user's needs. The series is made up of the following cards:
24-bit Maximum 8-bit Maximum PhotoEngine Model Resolution Resolution Technology SRP Thunder IV 1600 x 1200 1600 x 1200 Included $3,699
Thunder IV 1360 x 1024 1600 x 1200 Included $2,999
Thunder IV 1152 x 870 1600 x 1200 Included $2,499
Thunder/24 1152 x 870 1600 x 1200 Optional $1,749
Helping Customers Stay Productive For product and dealer information, customers in the United States and Canada may call 800/227-2795 and international customers may call 408/541-6100. For information via Radius' fax information system, customers may call 800/966-7360 in the United States and Canada and international customers may call 408/955-1556. Radius Inc. delivers extended computer system performance, faster graphics, the highest-quality digital video, and enhanced viewing and display products to leading-edge computer users in the publishing, graphics, video, and education markets. The company's products are available through a worldwide network of Radius authorized resellers, system integrators and distributors. -0- Note to Editors: Radius, PhotoEngine, PressView, SuperMatch, ColorComposer and Thunder are trademarks or service marks of Radius Inc., and may be registered in certain jurisdictions.
CONTACT: Radius Inc.
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