New SiS315 graphics chip
Silicon Integrated Systems Corp. (SiS) today presented its new SiS315. The SiS315 has a 256-bit 2D/3D graphics engine that supports Hardware Transform & Lightning (T&L) and is primarily intended for the mainstream desktop PC.
SiS would like to make it possible for normal desktop PC users to benefit from T&L and a 256-bit graphics engine without having to dig deep into their pockets. As with the other graphics cards, the SiS315 relieves the processor of some computing work, so that new effects are made possible. SiS315 supports AGP 4x and up to 128 MB memory, including DDR-RAM, which has a bandwidth of up to 3.5 GByte/s. The chip also has a 'motion compensation' engine built in, which enables DVD hardware acceleration. Not to forget the dual display support, the LCD output and the TV-out support. Production of the chip is to begin in December. With 10,000 pieces, the price per chip should be around 70 DM (30 dollars).