Weitek coprocessor

Weitek coprocessor

A high-performance math coprocessor from Weitek Corporation. Starting in 1981, Weitek made coprocessors for CAD and graphics workstations. In 1996, Weitek declared Chapter 11. Later that year, Rockwell Semiconductor Systems agreed to purchase Weitek's assets and hire its employees to start a new multimedia chip design center in San Jose. In 1999, Rockwell International spun off its entire semiconductor division as Conexant Systems, Inc., Newport Beach, CA (www.conexant.com).
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Applications that take advantage of the 4167, such as AutoShade, Autodesk Renderman, 3-D Studio and BigD, will run as much as 50 percent faster with a Weitek coprocessor than with the math coprocessor built into Intel's 486 microprocessor.