NVidia Officially Announce The TNT2
March 15, 1999--For the fourth consecutive season, NVIDIA(TM) Corporation (Nasdaq:NVDA - news), announced today the RIVA TNT2(TM) 3D processor, the fastest 3D graphics processor for the mainstream market.
This new offering from NVIDIA sets a new standard for performance and quality by combining best-of-class 3D and 2D performance with 32-bit true color rendering, 32-bit Z-buffer and a 32MB frame buffer. The TwiN Texel Architecture with per-pixel mip-mapping precision combined with the TNT2's unprecedented fill rate of up to 350 million pixels-per-second, which is twice the nearest competitor. The RIVA TNT2 also has the ability to render up to 10 million triangles per second, allows developers to write standards based applications with stunning visual effects.
NVIDIA is the only graphics processor vendor to leverage benefits of the .25 micron process to its fullest, giving them the a graphics accelerator that exceeds even Intel's Pentium III processor in terms of gate complexity. Combining this new performance level with the superior visual fidelity from the 32-bit rendering, the special effects made possible by the 32-bit Z-buffer and a 32MB frame buffer, delivers the ultimate 3D experience to the end-user who demands the best quality graphics for entertainment, education, business and e-commerce applications.
Customers developing RIVA TNT2-based graphics cards include: ASUS, Canopus, Diamond Multimedia, ELSA, Guillemot, Hercules and Leadtek, with more add-in-card and Tier one OEM announcements to come.
About the RIVA TNT2
Targeting the mainstream performance PC market, RIVA TNT2-based boards will feature a 300MHz RAMDAC and 32MB of RAM and will support resolutions beyond HDTV and as high as 2048x1536x32bpp at 85hz. The RIVA TNT2 architecture is NVIDIA's fourth-generation, integrated, 128-bit 3D processor. The RIVA TNT2's 32MB frame buffer, 32-bit color pipeline and 32-bit Z-buffer delivers unsurpassed quality and performance.
The TwiN Texel Architecture with per-pixel mip-mapping precision combined with the TNT2's unprecedented fill rate of 350 million pixels-per-second, which is twice the nearest competitor. The RIVA TNT2 also has the ability to render up to 10 million triangles per second, allows developers to write standards based applications with stunning visual effects.
The RIVA TNT2 is the fastest 128-bit accelerator with Digital Flat Panel support, AGP 4X and AGP 2X support. The RIVA TNT2 meets all the requirements of the mainstream PC graphics market and Microsoft's PC98, PC99 and all DirectX 6.0 initiatives. In addition to DirectX support, the RIVA TNT provides full support for an OpenGL(TM) ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows 95 and Windows NT. Delivering the industry's fastest Direct3D(TM) acceleration, leadership VGA, Directdraw and Video performance allows the RIVA TNT2 to power a growing range of 3D applications, including the hottest 3D games and full screen DVD playback.
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