San Jose, CA--October 22, 1997--3Dlabs, Inc.announced that IBM has selected the PERMEDIA 2-basedSymmetric Glyder MAX-2 graphics accelerator for itsnew Windows NT Workstation, the IntelliStation M Pro. TheIntelliStation M Pro has been designed to provide cost-effectiveacceleration for demanding 2-D and 3-D applications and is shippingimmediately with an Intel 266MHz Pentium II processor and an 8-MbytePERMEDIA 2-based board, for a starting price of $3,500.
PERMEDIA 2 is designed to provide robust, entry-level, workstation-class3-D acceleration through a combination of OpenGL-compliant silicondesign,3Dlabs' highly-optimized OpenGL Installable Client Driver, and afully-integrated geometry 100-Mflop setup engine, to provide excellentpolygon throughput. GLyder MAX-2 incorporates PERMEDIA 2 to create amultimedia accelerator for customers seeking no-compromise 2-D, 3-D, andvideo acceleration. By directly accelerating 3Dlabs' extensive range ofsoftware drivers, including OpenGL, Heidi, and Direct3D, GLyder MAX-2provides cost-effective 3D graphics acceleration for demandingapplications such as MCAD, EDA, digital content creation, financialservices, andsoftware development applications.
PERMEDIA 2 is the second generation in the PERMEDIA family of low-costgraphics processors from 3Dlabs and is targeted at the commercialdesktop, entry-level workstation, and power-consumer markets. PERMEDIA2 is ahighly-integrated graphics processor that accelerates 2-D and 3-Dgraphics,3-D geometry setup processing, and MPEG-2 video.
PERMEDIA 2 increases performance by up to two times over thefirst-generation PERMEDIA while significantly reducing system costthroughhigher integration. PERMEDIA 2 incorporates an advanced floating-pointgeometry setup processor based on proven GLINT Delta technology, ahigh-performance 230MHz RAMDAC, and an enhanced graphics engine withunified 2-D, 3-D, and video acceleration. PERMEDIA 2 isfully-compatible with both33-MHz and 66-MHz PCI and AGP buses, and implements full AGP sidebandaddressing with direct execution of textures from main system memory.
PERMEDIA 2 is software-compatible with the 3Dlabs' GLINT family ofprofessional 3-D graphics processors, enabling PERMEDIA 2 to accelerate3Dlabs' extensive range of fully-optimized 2-D and 3-D drivers. Thesedrivers include an OpenGL Installable Client Driver and Heidi forMicrosoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 95, and Direct3D for Windows 95.This extensive API set allows PERMEDIA 2-based boards to provide robustacceleration for almost all 3-D applications, ranging from high-end CADpackages to Direct3D game titles.
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