Details on the Parhelia from Matrox
Rumors of a graphics chip for Matrox players have been circulating on the Internet for a long time. Since Matrox has registered for E3 and the Game Developer Conference, both of which are more of an entertainment trade fair, one can assume that such a chip is really in development.
The colleagues at 'MatroxUsers' have looked for information that can be assumed to be true. The chip called 'Parhelia' is said to have a special memory design, which is very fast and has not yet been found on any other card. The design is said to be much faster than that of the GeForce 4. It is even said that the difference will be enormous. The chip clock should be around 300 MHz. Of course, the chip will have programmable vertex and pixel shaders. In addition, the included T&L engine should be currently the fastest. There will probably be different versions, but they don't just differ in the beat. It could be that up to 256 Mbyte RAM is installed on the high-end model. As one is used to with Matrox, the 2D quality should be excellent. The cards won't go cheap. It is assumed that the prices are higher than those of the GeForce 4. However, the surcharge should be justified by the high performance. The Parhelia should be announced within two months and be available in summer. Of course, this information is also to be understood as rumor. It is very likely that a chip for gamers will be introduced in the near future. One reason for this is certainly that the previously unbeatable 2D quality of Matrox cards is increasingly being challenged by the competition.