Toronto, Canada--Febuary 24, 1997--ATI Technologies Inc. (Thornhill, Ontario) announced it has demonstrated and is now shipping a full line of DVD products, including software and hardware solutions, as well as its next-generation 3D RAGE technology--the 3D RAGE II+ DVD graphics accelerator. 3D RAGE II+ DVD is the ideal platform for DVD-enabled systems and the first graphics chip in production with support for motion compensation, which enables software DVD playback on MMX processors.
ATI's two-pronged approach provides both a low-cost DVD solution through software and a higher-quality solution via ATI's add-in board, the ATI-DVD card.
Motion compensation works in parallel with MMX processors to enable playback of DVD clips using software, which eliminates dedicated MPEG-2 hardware. By off-loading the motion compensation step from the microprocessor, playback frame rate is increased by about 15-30 percent today, with larger percentage improvements planned for the future.
To enable the motion compensation technology, ATI has been working with a variety of software vendors, including CompCore Multimedia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zoran, and Mediamatics.
The 3D RAGE II+ DVD controller continues support for the ATI Multimedia Channel (AMC), designed to accept MPEG-2 video streams (720x480) directly into the on-chip video scaler and back-end overlay modules. The end result is smooth scaled video at full frame rates with low processor utilization. ATI selected IBM as the supplier of the MPEG-2 decoder chip for the ATI-DVD board.
The 3D RAGE II+ DVD chip will be manufactured at UMC, a Taiwan-based semiconductor manufacturer. This is the first chip to be produced by ATI at UMC as the result of the equity investment in that foundry that was made in 1996.
3D RAGE II+ DVD controllers are shipping now and available in volumes of 10,000 for a price of $30 (USD).
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