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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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NEC Corp claims that its new TE4E graphics accelerator is the world's fastest 3D accelerator for NT systems.
Diamond Multimedia will announce the product name, configuration, pricing and software bundle for the new Monster 3D accelerator at a later date.
As the fastest, most feature-complete 3D accelerator, it's completely worthy of our highest award.
Nasdaq: AAPL) today announced that it has now begun worldwide shipments of the blazingly fast Apple QuickDraw 3D Accelerator Card.
Minimum system requirements include a Pentium 233Mhz, 64 MB RAM, a Sound Card, 3D Accelerator, 200 MB of Hard Drive space, 8X CD ROM, Mouse and Keyboard and Windows 95/98/ME.
30 /PRNewswire/ -- Demonstrating and building on Apple Computer's (Nasdaq: AAPL) leadership in providing advanced, easy-to-use 3D technology, Apple's CEO, Michael Spindler, will today unveil the revolutionary new Apple QuickDraw(TM) 3D Accelerator Card during his keynote at the 1995 Macromedia International User Conference and Exhibition.
Minimum system requirements include a Pentium 333Mhz (or AMD compatible processor), 64 MB RAM on Windows 95/98, 128 MB RAM on Windows ME/2000/XP, a DirectX(R) compatible Sound Card, 4 MB AGP 3D Accelerator with Direct 3D support, 450 MB of Hard Drive space, 4X CD ROM, DirectX 8a or higher, Mouse and Keyboard and Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP.
This hot new VGA + 3D chip is currently found on the Matrox Impression Plus 3D Accelerator Card and the Matrox Impression Lite, being sold by several major computer resellers.
com, an NVIDIA certified select solution provider, has agreed to provide the Ge Force 2 GTS 3D accelerator to GameCom's `Net GameLink(TM).
Minimum system requirements are: a P166, 32 Mb RAM with a 3D accelerator card and recommended system requirements are a P233, 32 Mb RAM and a second generation 3D accelerator card.
System requirements for System Shock 2 include: Windows(R) 95 or 98, Pentium(R) 200 MHz, 32 MP RAM, 8x-speed CD-ROM, Direct 3D(TM) compatible 3D accelerator card, DirectX(TM) compatible sound card, Windows compatible mouse, keyboard and DirectX 6.
The new 3D accelerator should be the first graphics add-in card to incorporate Rambus(R) (NASDAQ:RMBS) RDRAM(R) memory - a memory that was selected for its excellent throughput characteristics.