ABIT: Closing The Gap To Its Competitors
ABIT is aiming to gain new shares in the market with its new Siluro GF4 Ti and MX series. In the next few weeks, the Siluro GF4 Ti4600 and Ti4400 should be available on the market at about $370 and $330 respectively. In the lower price segment, the 64 MB GF4 MX440 card will be available for about $125.
With the new 5.1 speaker system SP70, ABIT presents an audio system that is ideal for Microsoft's Xbox. The SP70 is connected to the Microsoft AV rack via optical S/PDIF.
Imagination Technolgies / Videologic: 3D for PDA
Behind closed doors, Videologic shows off a working prototype of a 3D PDA graphics chip called PowerVR MBX, which is based on the well-known Kyro technology. Although it is still in the early stages of development and only running on a 14 MHz clock, various 3D demos and even 3D sequences from Tomb Raider can run on this system. The first chips are expected to arrive on the market in mid-2003, at which time the clock speed should be up to 120 MHz and higher.
With its expensive graphics card "Vivid! XS ELITE" (priced at around $170), Videologic introduces the KYRO II SE chip, which differs from its predecessor in its clock speed, which has been raised to 200 MHz. Despite the lack of appropriate hardware, the new EnT&L (Enhanced T&L) driver technology is supposed to be able to handle future games that have especially high polygon counts, such as Unreal 2.