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graphics accelerator

(graphics, hardware)
Hardware (often an extra circuit board) to perform tasks such as plotting lines and surfaces in two or three dimensions, filling, shading and hidden line removal.

graphics accelerator

An early display adapter that performed a specialized set of functions in hardware to render an image on screen. Today, all display adapters (graphics cards) provide basic rendering functions; however, most of them have graphics processing units (GPUs) that are programmable, special-purpose processors. They move an image through a pipeline that performs a different graphics function simultaneously at each stage. For more details, see graphics pipeline and GPU.
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The entire family of Voodoo3 boards includes such advanced features as: single-pass single-cycle multi-texturing for bump mapping and trilinear mip-mapping, dual 32-bit internal rendering, per-pixel mip-mapping, sub-pixel and sub-texel correction, 8-bit palletized textures, programmable exponential fog tables, Gouraud shading, a full 128-bit 2D accelerator, and support for DirectX(R), Glide(R) and OpenGL(R).
Visitors can also experience an innovative "Green Stand" converged mobile to web software application and learn about the Blitrix software-based 2D accelerator for embedded User Interfaces utilizing the ARM Neon CPU.
The Voodoo3 3000 PCI features single-pass single-cycle multi-texturing for bump mapping and trilinear mip-mapping, dual 32-bit internal rendering, per-pixel mip-mapping, sub-pixel and sub-texel correction, 8-bit palletized textures, programmable exponential fog tables, Gouraud shading, a full 128-bit 2D accelerator, and support for DirectX(R), Glide(R) and OpenGL(R).
EPSON's controller is designed to meet the low cost and power dissipation requirements of the embedded market and features a 2D accelerator.
The 125MHz Vodooo3 1000 includes 16MB of SGRAM and features such advanced features as: single-pass single-cycle multi-texturing for bump mapping and trilinear mip-mapping, dual 32-bit internal rendering, per-pixel mip-mapping, sub-pixel and sub-texel correction, 8-bit palletized textures, programmable exponential fog tables, Gouraud shading, a full 128-bit 2D accelerator, DVD hardware assist, and support for DirectX(R), Glide(R) and OpenGL(R).
The new Fire GL4 is a high performance 3D and 2D accelerator targeted at mid-range to high-end workstation systems incorporating Intel Pentium(R) III/IV or AMD Athlon(TM) class CPU performance.
Named by PC Data as the hottest selling video cards in retail stores throughout North America, the Voodoo3 products also include such advanced entertainment technology features as DVD hardware assist, dual 32-bit internal rendering, 8-bit palletised textures, programmable exponential fog tables, Gouraud shading, a full 128-bit 2D accelerator, and support for Glide(R), DirectX, and OpenGL.
Incorporating the USB Client and the 2D accelerator makes the S1D13A03 one of the most comprehensive display solutions for the portable device market," said Roy daSilva, executive director, integrated circuit business unit, EPSON Electronics America.
The Voodoo3 3000G also includes DVD hardware assist, dual 32-bit internal rendering, 8-bit palletized textures, programmable exponential fog tables, Gouraud shading, a full 128-bit 2D accelerator, and support for Glide(R), DirectX(R), and OpenGL(R).
The graphics-orientated STPC Pictor adds a 64-bit 2D accelerator, VGA controller, RAMDAC, video input port, TV output with programmable 3-tap flicker filter, PAL/NTSC TV encoder and ATA33-compliant UIDE.
Named by PC Data as the hottest selling video cards in retail stores throughout North America, Voodoo3 products also include such advanced entertainment technology features as DVD hardware assist, dual 32-bit internal rendering, 8-bit palletised textures, programmable exponential fog tables, Gouraud shading, a full 128-bit 2D accelerator, and support for Glide(R), DirectX, and OpenGL.
The Geode GX1 processor functionality includes the Pentium-class processor, display controller with 2D accelerator, system memory, and PCI bus host controller.