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Novo chip grafico fabuloso!

Discussão em 'Novidades Hardware PC' iniciada por pnabais, 5 de Setembro de 2002. (Respostas: 8; Visualizações: 1358)

  1. pnabais

    pnabais Power Member

    Ai está mais um anuncio dos rapazes (bitboys) ... o AXE !!!!!

    http://www.bitboys.fi/products_axegraphicsprocessor.htm

    Para quem não conhece a historia dos rapazes, está aqui,
    http://www.aceshardware.com
    e copiada na integra no final do post ...


    Enfim, será que estes rapazes alguma vez vão mesmo lançar um chip grafico?


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    BitBoys: Axed (HARDWARE)
    By Brian Neal
    Wednesday, September 4, 2002 3:06 PM EDT

    Thanks to mad_arab for posting about BitBoys' recently redesigned website and information available regarding the company's PC graphics chip. As you can see from the title of this post, the chip, codenamed Axe, featuring 12 MB of eDRAM is no more. It had been announced some time ago that Infineon, who was producing the Axe for BitBoys, had closed down its eDRAM manufacturing line. The Axe is a casualty of this, as stated on BitBoys' page for the Axe Graphics Processor:


    Axe builds on Bitboys patented XBA™ technology, and a complete prototype chip has been manufactured by Infineon Technologies on their 0.17 micron embedded DRAM process. As Infineon has closed down its embedded DRAM fabrication line, Bitboys will not bring Axe to the PC desktop market.
    As many of our readers surely know, this is not the first time a BitBoys product has failed to reach the shelves. The team's first 3D accelerator, Pyramid3D, never made it to the market when TriTech decided to get out of the business.

    Following that turn of bad luck, the company announced the development of a new product, Glaze3D. However, a couple years later in April of 2000, the company announced they were cancelling Glaze3D and announced development of a new 3D accelerator, now known as Axe. Apparently, the Glaze3D was cancelled because BitBoys felt it would not be competitive with the other solutions on the market at the time. Looking at the published specifications of the Axe, however, one must wonder if it would have been significantly more competitive with today's graphics accelerators than the Glaze3D would have been in 2000.

    The processor contains over 6 million logic gates and 12M bytes of embedded DRAM memory, working together with external SDRAM memory (up-to 128M bytes). The memory is connected to the graphics engine via a multi-channel memory management unit that provides the extreme bandwidth required by the core pixel processor.

    The rendering engine processes four pixels and two textures every clock cycle, performing advanced texture filtering, color blending and shading in real-time. High visual quality is achieved through a combination of precise color processing and MatrixAA™ anti-aliasing.

    A multithreaded, four-ALU geometry processor supporting DirectX ® 8 vertex shading and primitive processing, feeds the rendering engine.
    As you can see from the above, the 12 MB eDRAM was a primary architectural feature of the Axe that helped to offload demand on the slower external memory (also meaning slower, less expensive memory could be used, like SDRAM). Previous documentation has indicated that BitBoys used a 1024-bit memory interface to the eDRAM, providing a bandwidth of roughly 20 GB/s. However, this bandwidth has already been matched by the Radeon 9700 with its 256-bit interface to slightly more than 10 times the total memory (128 MB vs 12 MB). The Radeon 9700 also has twice as many pixel pipelines as the Axe for a higher pixel fillrate and likely has better feature support for upcoming versions of DirectX. And, of course, the NV30 is on the way as well.

    Despite this, the Axe may have been successful as a budget solution, had Infineon not shut down production. Currently the company seems to be focusing on the mobile market, including cellphones and PDAs, with its vector graphics core.

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  2. Zealot

    Zealot I quit My Job for Folding

    Parece que não. Para desktop de certeza que não, são eles a anunciar! Agora para portáteis é esperar apra ver, mas eu não teria muita esperança... :rolleyes:
     
  3. Strakata

    Strakata [email protected] Member

    Agora o pessoal todo já pode actualizar as suas gráficas Glaze3D :D
     
  4. p_D_c

    p_D_c Power Member

    BBoys, como em BullshitBoys, os especialistas em VAPORWare
     
  5. NeoToPower

    NeoToPower 1st Folding then Sex

    Nem tudo deles é vaporware... sempre mostraram uma plca com chip deles!
     
  6. PJGS

    PJGS Power Member

    Nada chega à minha poderosa TNT!
     
  7. ToTTenTranz

    ToTTenTranz Power Member

    "As Infineon has closed down its embedded DRAM fabrication line, Bitboys will not bring Axe to the PC desktop market."


    Isto quer dizer que a produção vai ser adiada, ou que o chip não vai sequer ser feito, como o kyro3?


    Esta placa teria sido um sucesso se tivesse sido lançada há 8 meses atrás..

    Agora, a menos que seja mesmo muito barata e possa competir com as R9000, TridentXP, Xabre e NV18.... não se vai sair lá muito bem...



    Só vai tar disponível para notebooks e pdas? Mas estando em 0.17 mícrons e com suporte para DX8.1 e afins, o chip deve ser bastante grande e portanto deve consumir bastante energia.. acho eu..



    Já é a segunda companhia a anunciar projectos para PDAs... Hehe era giro ver nos PDAs a mesma luta em 3D que se vê hoje em dia nos deskops!
    Para já temos Bitboys contra PowerVR! quem é que se segue?
     
  8. SamuHell

    SamuHell Power Member

    Eu ainda sou do tempo em que comprava a revista Joystick a preços decentes, e numa delas falavam da BitBoys.OY (Inc. para nós).:o

    Cada vez que me lembro das imagens de um BUNITO Mig-29 que mais parecia uma imagem de sintese... :D ...enquanto a 3DFX não se decidia quantos chips voodoo ia por na próxima placa...:rolleyes:
    ATÉ ME DOI O CORAÇÃO:'(

    >( Realmente quem não tem padrinhos>(

    (Onde raio 'tá a revista?:rolleyes: )
     
  9. [BIOHAZARD]

    [BIOHAZARD] Power Member

    scanna aí a revista po ppl ver :)
     

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