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VIA announced today that it's signed an agreement to sell its share in S3 Graphics to the mobile phone manufacturer HTC. S3's GPU technology (dubbed Chrome) powers VIA's various chipsets and is paired with the company's Nano processor as part of its CPU platform. Given VIA's relative sliver of market share, this might not seem like an important transaction—but it is. It's been over a decade since S3 was a major player in the graphics display industry; the company's 2D 'Trio' series of video cards were quite popular in the pre-3D era. S3 attempted to enter the 3D market, but the company's... Read more...
Jon Peddie Research has released its Q1 2011 estimates, and the figures don't favor Nvidia. The research firm tracked strong gains for Intel and AMD (in terms of volume). AMD's total share of the GPU market rose to 24.8 percent, up from 21.5 percent a year ago (a gain of 24.8 percent total).  Intel came in at 54.4 percent, 9.7 percent higher than its Q1 2010 total of 49.6 percent. Both companies' gains were at the expense of Team Green—Nvidia's share of the market fell from 28 percent to 20 percent—a significant decline. This loss of share partly reflects NV's decision to exit... Read more...
Oh Nvidia, why must you play with our emotions like this? The GPU maker today introduced the 3dfx Voodoo 590, saying "a group of ex-3dfx veterans at Nvidia have been leading a secret double life...working on a revolutionary graphics card based on 3dfx technology." If you're an old school PC gamer, you're thinking this is too good to be true, right? Sadly, you're correct. Today is April 1, 2011, otherwise known as April Fool's Day, and in the technology industry, that means you need to be on the lookout for goofy press releases and bogus announcements. This is one of them, no matter how much we... Read more...
In a surprising turn of events, NVIDIA-built graphics cards have begun popping up at Best Buy stores across the nation. This is decidedly odd for a company that's made billions of dollars designing GPU products while leveraging board partners to bear the cost of manufacturing and marketing them, but NVIDIA confirmed that this new Best Buy partnership is a new direction for the company. "NVIDIA and Best Buy are working together to offer PC customers the opportunity to experience firsthand the latest in PC technologies right inside Best Buy stores," a company representative said. "As part of this... Read more...
NVIDIA's Chief Executive Jen-Hsun Huang has been in federal bankruptcy court for the last few days defending his company's move to buy one-time rival 3dfx. During his testimony, Jen-Hsun has made some interesting statements regarding his motivation for the acquisition, including his thoughts on 3dfx's engineers. "He said he'd been very interested in snaffling up the engineering expertise. "That was my primary interest all along," he confessed. To this end he said he decided to ensure 3Dfx paid off its creditors so that those involved... Read more...
For anyone out there still running a 3dfx board and looking for a modern driver, it seems that good fortune is smiling down upon you today. "First of all, it is nearly incredible that enthusiast community managed to support an operating system which was still in the works. Secondly - it is incredible that drivers that support both 32- and 64-bit Windows have just came out." No Vista drivers...yet.... Read more...
The post is not in english, the hardware was never sold at retail, and the company who designed it as long been deceased, but it's still cool to see someone modding a Voodoo5 6000.  Seems like the modder didn't have that much success, however.  He only hit 183MHz core and memory clocks (they ran syncronously back then).  My bet is he was held back by the RAM. :) "Every heatsink is linked to fan control: so it's possible to modulate power voltage of each fan and to raise rotation speed if thermal conditions require it. Author... Read more...
  OK folks! Listen up! We've got some great new breaking news for you here! Today we had a little chat with Brian Burke PR-SupaFly-Man of 3dfx! Check it...   Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to speak with the us. We'll let you get back to more critical tasks ASAP. We Voodoo 3 Freaks wouldn't want to take you off the product launch of the V3-3500 board for too long. Uh... Brian... can you stop the Wide Screen-Quake 3-Frag Fest for a minute???? Put down the Twinkies too! (man... it must be tough...) Just kidding Bri! :-) (I'd better back off here...) -Dave -- Anyway, a few... Read more...
The VSA-100 - Voodoo4 & 5 Dispelling The Myth A discussion with 3dfx Interactive       Thanks for stopping by folks. Tonight, we decided to have a little chat with our friends at 3dfx Interactive, Brian Burke P.R. Manager and Peter Wicher, Director of Product Marketing. It seems there has been some fairly serious debate around the net and in the industry about the architecture of 3dfx's next generation technology. Some believe that the next step for the Voodoo platform is not much more than an increase in clock speed with a few extra bells and whistles. We decided it was high... Read more...
  Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999 So how is that for fan fare?! The good folks at 3dfx invited us to their Super-Top-Secret Technology Summit on Tuesday, July 27th. Several Webmasters and Technical Writers from various web sites were invited down to this exclusive little party inside the ultra cool confines of 3dfx Headquarters in San Jose California. A big thanks go out to our gracious hosts Scott Sellers - Chief Technical Officer, Marla Kertzman- Direcfor of Public Relations and our good buddy Brian Burke - Public Relations Manager! Since I... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999       Roadmaps and Miles Stones - The history and future of 3dfx Once upon a time, this little spin off / start-up out of Silicon Graphics, invented a great new 3D only graphics chip called Voodoo. -Yesterday Without getting into too much fairy tale talk, lets just say that Voodoo1's revolutionary RGBA Rendering and Frame Buffer along with its Real-Time Perspective Correct Texture Mapping, amazed PC Gaming enthusiasts from all walks of life. Never before had we seen the PC able to render scenes the likes... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999     Hooray For Hollywood! No this isn't a Broadway show, this is the real deal. Or perhaps, depending on your perspective, the digitally animated artificial deal! :-) Regardless, 3dfx will bring to your PC these new features which will take your experience to more much realistic levels. Motion Blur Otherwise known as Temporal Anti-Aliasing, Motion Blur gives the user a sense of speed and movement. Images will move smoothly in transition from one frame to the next. The "T Buffer" will take multiple... Read more...
Setting Standards In 3D Graphics THE Technology Summit Report! - July 30, 1999     Soft Shadows and Reflections Let's face it, the shadows that are drawn in today's games via today's hardware, are a little lame. Nowhere in nature does any object cast a shadow that is perfectly symmetrical, sharp or even squared off and boxy. Today's PC 3D Graphics Cards draw a very unnatural shadow and similarly unnatural reflections. Reflections and shadows bend slightly and warp depending on where the source lighting is coming from, in the event of a shadow or what the angle of the object versus what... Read more...
3dfx Selling Core Graphics Assets To nVidia Corp. One step closer to complete domination, nVidia moves to assimilate the competition   NVIDIA To acquire 3dfx core graphics assets SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 15, 2000 - NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire certain graphics related assets of 3dfx Interactive (Nasdaq: TDFX), a pioneer and a recognized leader in graphics technology. These graphics related assets include, but are not limited to, patents, pending patent applications, trademarks, brand names, and chip inventory related... Read more...
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