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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 accelerator and workstations configured with the Sun XVR-500 graphics accelerator are available today worldwide through all Sun channels, including direct sales, Sun Store (go to: www.
designs, manufactures and markets high performance multimedia products including graphics accelerators and audio and video adapters for the personal computer market.
Stability, reliability, performance and visual quality is why we have gone with ATI's FireGL graphics accelerators in the past for our workstations - the new FireGL V7350 and FireGL V7300 have maintained this solid tradition but taken each one of these features to a new level," said Tim Lawrence, Vice President of Engineering, Boxx.
3Dlabs is the workstation graphics authority, supplying graphics accelerator solutions for professionals in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation markets.
The FireGL V5000 was designed to feature the price benefits of our entry-level workstation graphics accelerators with the feature set of a higher priced solution," said Dave Rolston, Vice President and General Manager, Workstation and Embedded Products, ATI.
With ATI's FireGL Workstation graphics accelerators, SolidWorks users are able to visualize fully shaded rendered models in real-time thanks to the RealView feature," said Antony Hervo, Hardware Partner Manager, SolidWorks Corp.
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.
Various matters set forth in this press release, such as statements relating to 3Dlabs Wildcat graphics accelerators and their ability to leverage future technological advances from third parties, are forward looking statements.