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S3's next-gen GPU 'Destination Films' w/ DX10 - Vertex, Pixel Shader 4.0, launch in Q3 2006

Discussion in 'Nvidia' started by Guest, Sep 4, 2005.

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    Written by Stefan
    Saturday, 03 September 2005
    The Roadmap of S3 Graphics has changed and has been made more
    specific. This changes are surprsing since there haven't been any
    informations about that around. The following things should be brought to
    the market in the next months:

    The so far planned models GammaChrome S14 (4 pipelines, Low-Cost) and
    GammaChrome S19 (8 pipelines, Mid-Range) have been dropped and instead zu
    Chrome S2X turns in. Chrome S2X contains 8 pipelines and is manufactured in
    0,09 µm. So clock rates of at least 700 MHz should be possible with the top
    model Chrome S27. The models Chrome S23, S25 and S27 are due for the
    market. The models will most likely only differ in the clock rate.
    Engineering Samples should exist already and the mass production is expected
    to begin in November 2005. If everything works as planned, Chrome S2X based
    gaphic cards could reach the market in December! In general Chrome S2X is
    another reincarnation of the well-known Columbia Design on which DeltaChrome
    and GammaChrome are already based. However there are two considerable
    differences: Chromotion 3.0 and Multi-G!

    Chromotion 3.0
    Chromotion 3.0 is the further developed Chromotion-Engine known from
    DeltaChrome and GammaChrome. Apart from this old features such as MPEG2
    acceleration and DeBlocking filter, Chromotion 3.0 offers hardware
    acceleration of the video formats WMV9 HD and MPEG4. Both formats are very
    important for HDTV and therefure S3 Graphics made a very good improvement.

    Mulit-G is - as the name supposes - the technology of S3 Graphics to
    enable the parallel operation of two (or more) PCI-Express graphic cards, a
    technology similar to nVidias SLI or ATIs CrossFire. More exact details are
    not yet known, but it is very likely that the technology resembles the ones
    of the competition. Whether a special Bridge is used like nVidiaor a special
    master card is needed like ATi or another third own variant is used, is not
    unknown until now. S3 Graphics reacted with this step to the increasing
    meaning of Multi-GPU configurations and is just close to ATi with its
    solution (if the schedules are kept). So S3 Graphics is relatively early
    present ins this apparently rapidly growing market. With the help of
    Multi-G, S3 Graphics want to make step into into the performance market. Two
    Chrome S27 graphics cards with 700+ MHz clock rates could possible match
    this target.

    Multi-G is then of course important for Destination Films: The two
    models D1 (Upper Mainstream) and D2 (Mainstream) are planned for third (D1)
    and the fourth quarter 2006 (D2). With Multi-G the performance market
    should aslo be occupied. The are unfortunately no further specification
    known for Destination Films, except that it's supporting DirectX 10 with
    pixel and vertex shaders 4.0.

    In the also important mobile market S3 Graphics wants to regain some
    lost market share in the next months. With GammaChrome S18 and S18 ULP
    there are currently two power saving chips for portables and thin & light
    notebooks. Some notebooks and MXM modules with this two ships should hit the
    market in this quarter. Since S3 Graphics uses the MXM format of nVidia (a
    plug-in card with graphic chip and memory specially for notebooks) they have
    a good start position. MXM seems to become a standard and with the low-power
    chips and the use of MXM, S3 Graphics has some good chances.

    The Chrome XM series should further strengthen the position in the
    market. The first chip to appear is the Chrome XM27 in November as desktop
    replacement. Its specifications should be indentical to the Chrome S27, but
    probably lower clocked.
    In the first quarter of 2006 Chrome XM25 and XM23 are set to be
    released for portables and thin & light notebooks. If the GammaChrome
    solutions are well accepted by the OEMs, then the chances are very good,
    that Chrome XM can increase the market share of S3 Graphics in this market

    And in the third and fourth quarter the corresponding mobile chips of
    Destination Films, XD1, XD2 and a still unnamed chip, should be released.
    They are also exptected to be used for desktop replacement, portables and
    thin & light notebooks.

    Final words:
    The dropping of GammaChrome S14 and S19 are not really a surprise. The
    delay of S18 and the several models of S18 would have put S14 down in market
    where it doesn't makes sense to launch a new product.
    The faster model S19 was stopped in favour of the three new variants
    Chrome S23, S25 and S27. With 90nm manufacturing, Multi-G and the improved
    Chromotion engine of Chrome S2X, the death of GammaChrome S19 is not really
    sad. If S3 Graphics manages to bring the chips to the market in time, those
    surely will have an impact on the market

    In the mobile sector, you have to wait and see how the chips are
    accepted by the OEMs and the customers. This market is very slow, since the
    development of a Notebook model takes some time and the manufactures are
    rather conservative with new techniques.

    But S3 Graphics in general seems to strengthen its ambitions. There
    are more chips planned in the the next 12 months than had been been released
    in the last three years at all, especially in the mobile sector S3 Graphics
    wants to make some real come-back. And the future IGPs of VIA Technologies
    are not even considered.

    source, with roadmap charts
    Guest, Sep 4, 2005
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