SiS Xabre per Triplex
Con il seguente comunicato stampa il produttore di schede video Triplex ha ufficialmente annunciato la nuova gamma di schede basate su chip SiS Xabre, nuova soluzione di fascia media compatibile DirectX 8.1.
Triplex sharpens its teeth with SiS’s Xabre seriesFonte: Rivastation.com.
April 22 2002, Taipei, Taiwan - In an announcement that is sure to shake up the graphics industry, Taiwan’s Triplex Corp and Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) are co-operating on the launch of the latest in graphics processing unit (GPU) technology that aims to take on the market leaders nVIDIA and ATI head to head. SiS has selected Triplex Corp. as one of only three graphics card specialists to be its technology partner for the launch of this sharp new product range. Triplex will provide its engineering expertise to create stunning silver graphics cards that not only look better than the traditional green, they deliver much better thermal and EMI performance as well. The first silver samples from Triplex will be available in the beginning of May.
The new Triplex Xabre range consists of four chips, the Xabre 80, Xabre 200, Xabre 400 and Xabre 800 which correspond to the SiS 328, SiS 332, SiS 334 and SiS 336 respectively. All four render across four pipelines and 8 texels, double the performance of comparable nVIDIA GeForce products. Three of the four models in the Xabre series are also the world’s first to support AGP 8X. And unlike nVIDIA’s GeForce 4 MX and ATI’s Radeon GPUs, the Xabre series boasts a hardware pixel shader and environment bump mapping. With hardware support for these features and Direct X 8.1, the Xabre series is able to deliver much higher image picture quality and speed. For a quick comparison of the features of the Xabre series compared to nVIDIA’s GeForce 4 MX GPUs, please refer to the following table.
In Triplex’s own benchmark testing of Xabre series engineering samples, not only did the Xabre 400 product score much more highly than the equivalent nVIDIA GeForce product, (6228 compared to 5458), it also registered in four key areas that are not supported by the GeForce’s hardware, namely: Game 4 Nature, environment bump mapping, pixel shader and advanced pixel shader. Triplex’s testing has also shown that the Xabre series performs 30% better than Intel’s 845G chipset for the Pentium 4.
SiS’s pricing strategy will be competitive with nVIDIA and ATI. Having its own wafer foundry, SiS is in greater control of pricing policy than its rivals and will aim at a much lower price point than nVIDIA. The Xabre series is estimated to be more price-competitive GeForce4 MX series. The Xabre series is segmented between the GeForce MX and GeForce Ti series. For a more detailed market segmentation, please refer to the attached files.
SiS and Triplex have a long-standing relationship that has lasted for over five years since Triplex marketed the SiS 6326 successfully under the Screwdriver product name. The SiS 6326 was the world’s first graphics chip with support for MPEG-2 VGA cards, and it is still a popular choice in the systems integration channel in parts of Europe, the Middle East and South America. Since the launch of the SiS 6326, SiS has released a string of graphics chips and graphics-rich core logic chipsets on the market. “SiS cannot forget the good old days with Triplex and because of our excellent relationship and successful marketing of the 6326 as well as our expertise in silver PCB technology, SiS has come back to us for this ground-breaking launch,” stated Amanda Tai, marketing manager of Triplex Corp. at the launch of the Xabre range. “Look our for our distinctive silver PCBs at SiS’s launch!” she added.