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DeltaChrome, GammaChrome, OmniChrome: what we should expect from S3 Graphics in the nearest future

At CeBIT 2004 S3 Graphics, now a division of VIA Technologies, held a press conference to introduce its latest novelties. Our Alexander Vorobyev visited this event and here´s what he reported.

The high spot was the announcement of GammaChrome GPU that is actually a PCI Express variant of DeltaChrome. According to the specified information, GammaChrome GPUs will feature real PCI Express interface, not a bridge.

Identical to DeltaChrome AGP family, the new GammaChrome PCI Express GPUs will be divided into three market families: high-end F1 (8 pipelines, the highest clock rates), mainstream S8 (8 pipelines), value S4 (4 pipelines). The similarity will continue in the release dates, S8 arriving first followed by value and high-end solutions.

Pity, but we couldn´t see a live GammaChrome chip due to some problems rumoured to be related with luggage delivery from the airport. Company representatives promised to demonstrate GammaChrome as soon as possible, maybe even today.

Besides, S3 Graphics shed some light on another interesting chip, OmniChrome, that will feature DeltaChrome core and an integrated TV tuner. The inexpensive OmniChrome is developed specially for systems on Windows XP Media Center Edition and will be distributed via OEM channels.

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