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Friday, May 3rd 2002
3Dlabs New Architecture
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3Dlabs announced what they're calling a ground-breaking “Visual Processing Architecture." Here's a sniplet from the press release:

"Sunnyvale, CA - May 3, 2002 — 3Dlabs®, Inc. Ltd. (NASDAQ:TDDD) today announced a ground-breaking “Visual Processing Architecture” that combines the architectural strengths and programmability of general-purpose CPUs with extreme levels of hardware parallelism. This architecture, which has been in development for the past two years and has significant patents pending, enables advanced software rendering techniques to be accelerated in real time to produce interactive imagery with stunning levels of realism. 3Dlabs expects to ship board-level products based on the first Visual Processing Unit (VPU), a chip codenamed the P10, during the third quarter of 2002."

The press release gets into more about what sort of applications will benefit from this tech, including games. Apparently, "3Dlabs has supplied pre-production P10 hardware and prototype DirectX 9 and OpenGL 2.0 drivers to leading-edge application developers." For more information, visit here.
 
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