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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 graphics card (display adapter) that performed a specialized set of functions in hardware to render an image on screen. Today, all graphics cards have basic rendering functions built in, and many contain 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 Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator with Wildcat II high-end professional graphics technology was developed by 3Dlabs according to Sun specifications and requirements, with Sun engineers providing optimized interfaces and drivers for maximum performance in the Sun Solaris Operating Environment.
2 GHz and the Intel 860 chipset, are dual processor capable, use high-performance Rambus memory, and will offer the new Wildcat III 6110 graphics accelerator.
ATI's FireGL V5000 is a cost-effective yet very powerful graphics accelerator, particularly suited to the increasingly large and complex 3D data sets created by Discreet 3ds max and Autodesk VIZ animation and design visualization artists today," said Dan Prochazka, Animation Product Marketing Manager, Discreet.
Mad Dog Multimedia, a $52 million multimedia technology company is giving businesses, PC entertainment enthusiasts and the PC upgrade market more pixel power without breaking the bank with its new DOMINATOR(TM) FX 5500 graphics accelerators.
Eidos creates many of the top games for the PC and we are pleased to work with them to provide additional value for our customers and further differentiate the Diamond Viper and Diamond Stealth graphics accelerator cards in the marketplace.
By focusing on the needs of professionals working in 3D and working closely with our ISV partners, the FireGL X3-256 gives users the performance and reliability that they demand in a workstation graphics accelerator.
For customers that are new to the FireGL products, this is an added incentive to trade-in their older graphics product from another company and experience the power and increased productivity of a FireGL graphics accelerator from ATI.
The FireGL T2-128 is a great addition to the numerous ATI graphics accelerators HP currently offers to its workstation customers," said Jim Zafarana, vice president and worldwide marketing manager, Workstation Global Business Unit, HP.
The FireGL T2-128, an entry-level workstation graphics accelerator with 128MB of unified graphics memory and dual display support through DVI-I and VGA connectors, brings an unprecedented level of graphics processing power to this segment of the market.
The new Wildcat4 7110 graphics accelerator increases graphics memory capacity to 256 MB and supports the AGP8X interface to boost graphics processing power.
With 416 MB of total onboard memory and its unique dual pipeline architecture, the Sun XVR-1200 graphics accelerator achieves up to five times the geometric performance and over four times the texture mapping performance of its predecessor, the Sun(R) Expert3D graphics accelerator.
the leading innovator in visual processing, today announced that its Wildcat(R)4 7110 and Wildcat4 7210 workstation graphics accelerators are now available through qualified system integrators participating in the 3Dlabs' Wildcat Partner Program.