New graphics chips from SiS
In the second quarter, SiS wants to bring the new graphics chip SiS 330 onto the market and compete with the GeForce 4 MX chip. Although the chips of the SiS 330 series lack a T&L unit, they already support AGP 8X and boast a programmable DirextX 8-compatible pixel shader.
A prototype was already presented at this year's CeBIT. In terms of performance, nothing has been determined yet, but with the pixel shader, the SiS 330 will be able to oppose the GeForce 4 MX in the area of effects. If you disregard the polygon errors, which will no longer occur in the final version, the SiS 330 could definitely succeed. The 330 is to be found in three different versions on graphics cards from the second quarter. The naming corresponds to SiS332, SiS334 and SiS336. The latter is expected to be clocked at 300 MHz and have DDR-SDRAM. All chips can have a maximum of 128 Mbytes SDR or DDR SDRAM. The three SiS 330s are easy to connect, because each supports the simultaneous connection of several display devices such as TV, CRT or TFT monitor. They are still manufactured in 0.15 micron structure width, but this is to be reduced to 0.13 micron in the course of the year. SiS will publish further details in April.