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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.
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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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Users have the option of upgrading from the standard NVIDIA Quadro K510M graphics accelerator for 3D graphics to a NVIDIA Quadro K2100M or K1100M graphics accelerator.
Powered by the new ATI FirePro V8750 3D workstation graphics accelerator, render times in MachStudio Pro can be dramatically reduced from hours to minutes and minutes to seconds or sub-seconds.
"The ATI FirePro V8750 3D workstation graphics accelerator delivers unparalleled performance and two GB of frame buffer memory for less than $1,800 MSRP.
It features supports four professional graphics cards, a modern Serial ATA power connector and allows ATI FirePro graphics accelerators to receive signals and synchronize to virtually any video input source, including PAL and NTSC standard definition video black burst, high definition TV tri-level, TTL and SDI sync.<br> The ATI FirePro V8750 card is available now for $1,799.
Golden Systems Launches GIGABYTE's Latest Dual GPU Processing Graphics Accelerator
Standard features of this all-in-one computer include an Intel Celeron D, Pentium 4 or Pentium D processor supporting dual core processing, 802.11b, g WLAN support, onboard Intel Gbit LAN and high quality video with integrated Intel GMA 950 graphics accelerator. The system can easily be expanded with four USB 2.0 ports, two PCMCIA Type II slots or one PCMCIA Type III slot, slim ODD and FDD options and legacy PS/2, serial and parallel ports.
Industry leading ISVs in the DCC and CAD markets have certified the powerful Wildcat Realizm 100 and 200 professional graphics accelerators. "When pixel accuracy and finite detail matter most, Autodesk Inventor Series 9 users running a Wildcat Realizm 100 graphics accelerator will enjoy a more productive work environment when designing components," said Richard Runnells, manager, Partner Programs at Autodesk Manufacturing Solutions Division.
ATI Technologies Inc., a leader in the discrete PC and workstation graphics market, has announced that IBM has selected the powerful FireGL V7100 high-end workstation graphics accelerator for the IBM IntelliStation Pro line.
The card, powered by Silicon Motion's 128-bit SM731 graphics accelerator, supports screen resolutions up to 1,600 X 1,200.
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Both models boast Bluetooth for wireless gaming and internet access, and both use a high-powered Motorola processor and ATI Imageon graphics accelerator.
It also supports a 32-bit hardware graphics accelerator and TTL output control signals for power sequencing and power management, Panels directly supported by the factory BIOS include 16-bit STN; 4/6.3 MHz Monochrome; Dual-Sean color; and 9.12.18-bit TFT.