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Future graphics cores from VIA and S3

Future graphics cores from VIA and S3

Since VIA bought the graphics chip manufacturer S3, it has only been developing graphics cores for VIA chipsets. Now there is new information about the future plans. The first core, which is no longer based on the old Savage4, should be available in the 2nd quarter.

The Paramount is still based on the Savage4 graphics core and will be correspondingly slow. You will find it in the PN266T for the Pentium 3, in the P4N266 for the Pentium4 and in the KN266 for the Athlon and Duron. As you can see from the data, the Zeotrope, if a 128-bit memory interface is installed, will probably bring a lot more performance than its predecessors. He also supports FSAA, environment and Dot3 bump mapping. It is installed in the P4N333 for Pentium 4 processors and in the KN333 for the Athlon and Duron. Very little information is available about the Columbia core.

Paramount Zeotropes Columbia Chiptakt 150 MHz 166 MHz 300 MHz Memory DDR DDR no information memory interface 64 bit 64/128 bit no information pixel pipelines 1 2 4 textures -Units 2 each 2 each 2 each Production method 0.18 micron 0.15 micron 0.13 micron T&L unit - T&L according to DX7 no information available from 1st quarter 2002 2nd quarter 2002 no information