Santa Clara, CA - NVIDIA Corporation announced today the details
of a new line of graphics processors that have been designed at the
company's FAB5 research and development center. Both consumer
and professional versions of the processors will be released simultaneously
into the marketplace.
The professional version will be called
the Voodoo GeForce3 Ultra GTS/MX Banshee 3000 Quadro. It
will include all the features of the consumer version, along with
a list of undetermined features. "Believe me, the Quadro
will rip everyone a new one," chuckled Douglas. "This
chip is our flagship, and our developers have spent months hiding
registry keys to keep hackers from enabling Quadro-like features
on the consumer version. The Quadro is the epitome of a graphics
processor. If Jesus descended and purchased a graphics solution
for his workstation, it would be a Quadro."
The consumer version of the processor will be called
the Voodoo GeForce3 Ultra GTS/MX Banshee 2000. The card will
feature built-in HDTV decoder, support of up to 2GB DDR RAM, integrated
RAMDAC, four-way multi-texturing, 32-bit color, and enhanced T&L
Chief project developer Scott McMasters said, "The
frame rates achievable with these products are unbelievable. We
determined that at 640x480 and 16-bit color, a Quake III timedemo
will give 98% of the populous epileptic seizures. For the
other 2% that crave faster frame rates, more power, and epileptic
seizures, a second Voodoo GeForce3 Ultra GTS/MX Banshee 2000 may
be added to the system creating the Voodoo GeForce3 Ultra GTS/MX
Banshee 2000 SLI. A 500 watt power supply may be required
for SLI operation."
Along with revised T&L engine, the new line of
processors has other enhancements as well. "One addition
we are really excited about is our Translation and Arithmetic engine," continued
McMasters. "This is a breakthrough for matrix mathematics
that makes the 3D world possible. Once an application developer
gets their hands on T&A, they don't want to go back to what
they were using. T&A is easy for the developer to dive
into because of its warm and friendly interface. We prided
ourselves on creating an environment where every potential developer
can easily get to work using a piece of T&A."
"The Quadro has a leg up on its less powerful
sibling in the T&A area," explained McMasters. "The
Quadro features three-way T&A. Finally, the dream of a three-way
T&A sitting on your desktop is now available to the masses. NVIDIA
will also look for the possibility of three-way T&A for laptops
as well sometime in the future."
Both versions will be available Q1 of 2001.
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