graphics accelerator

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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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A 3-D accelerator card is required for the former game.
ME10 2000+ introduces new capabilities, such as a 2-D to 3-D accelerator kit; design management with Microsoft(R) Windows(R)-compatible user interface; a Windows user interface customization toolkit enabling automatic incorporation of all existing macros; and the ME10 macro suite, a free library of ME10 extensions.
Because the Voxel Space 32 engine uses 32-bit color, 3-D support will require a 3-D accelerator with true 32-bit color depth, like those based on NVIDIA's RIVA TNT and TNT 2 chipsets and ATI's Rage Fury.
DirectX provides developers with new opportunities for creativity and innovation by allowing them to focus on building unique features for their application without having to worry about which display adapter, sound card, or 3-D accelerator chip is installed in the target PC.
The Velocity 4400 is the first 3-D accelerator to feature the advanced RIVA TNT 3-D processor from NVIDIA Corp.
Recommended: Pentium 200 Mhz, 32 megabytes of RAM,150 megabytes of disk space, 4 MB video RAM or larger 3-D accelerator.
Computer golfers with 3-D accelerator cards will experience full screen real-time moving cameras that follow the ball in flight to deliver the fastest and most technologically advanced interactive golf available on the market.
NET, 16 megs RAM (32 recommended), 2 megs RAM Microsoft DirectX compatible video card, Microsoft DirectX compatible sound card, Microsoft Direct 3-D accelerator hardware support (requires 4 megs of RAM) and 4x CD-ROM drive.
Andretti Racing supports a wide array of 3-D accelerator boards from companies such as 3Dfx Interactive, Inc.
99 Apocalypse 3D game pack includes a PowerVR-based 3-D accelerator card and specially-optimized PowerVR game titles, including Ultim@te Race from Kalisto and MechWarrior 2 from Activision.
STB will aggressively promote and sell Symmetric's technology as part of the STB product line, and will focus on the development of additional 3-D accelerator product lines.
NASDAQ:STBI) Monday began shipping the Nitro 3D, a next- generation 3-D accelerator designed to give game players and other graphics-driven users the speed, resolution and 3-D realism needed to fully experience today's most popular applications.