3dfx announces plans to announce product

And what a product it should be: 3dfx’s first truly new rendering core since the original Voodoo, the chip code-named “Napalm,” will be revealed to 3dfx’s favorites in the media first thing Monday morning at Comdex. Here’s a bit from the press release:

At COMDEX ’99, 3dfx Interactive┬« Inc. (Nasdaq: TDFX – news) will hold a press conference at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 15, to announce some of the features behind their next generation graphics technology, codenamed “Napalm,” to select members of the media.

Chief among these features will be a focus on fill-rate and the ability to achieve over one billion pixels per second. With fill-rate come benefits such as higher resolution, faster speeds, greater application complexity and the ability to display high quality 32bpp rendering at 60+ frames per second (FPS) at ultra high resolutions. All of these attributes equate to better image quality and highly realistic environments.

In addition to technology demonstrations, the company will announce plans for board-level configurations of the “Napalm” line. “Napalm” is the company’s long-awaited follow-up to the successful Voodoo3(TM) line announced at COMDEX ’98. According to PC Data, the Voodoo3 line of products have held the #1 retail position since they began shipping last April.

Note that 3dfx is big on their product’s fill rate, claiming “over one billion pixels per second” from their new tech. These numbers are just marketing hype, and they generally represent peak performance, not sustained, real-world performance. With that caveat in mind, remember that NVIDIA claims under 500 million pixels (“megapixels”) per second for their GeForce 256 cards. If 3dfx truly has double the fill rate, it’s going to be a very interesting Christmas in the graphics market.

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    • Zenith
    • 17 years ago

    You know, i bet 3dfx will go under. Then get bought by NV, NV RULES! just a prediction…

    • Anonymous
    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@r96a011070ag.atw.cable.rcn.com<]* should be interesting to see if they can actually sustain 1gpix/sec.... memory bandwidth is against them but im sure they have a few tricks to get around it... i wont believe the hype unless they show a single NEW BOARD! (no $10000 vooodoo 2 T-bugger demonstration this time! im still chuckling over the savage 2k fiasco... some people will believe anything, the virge people will probably never be ahead of everyone else. sure lets boast about the .18 micron process that SHOULD give a big advantage, but wind up with a fucked up design that can only run 5 mhz faster than the geforce... no DDR sdram support so it will never hit 500mpix.... something tells me that the PR dept at S3 is writing checks that their engineers cant cash :P

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    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@sdn-ar-002gasavaP318.dialsprint.net<]* If I were to grade the respective video card companies on marketing hype, as to how much of it they used and how little of it was accurate, I\'d rate them like this: nVidia 10 out 10 3dfx 3 out of 10 No doubt about it, nVidia excels at hyperbole and exaggeration much better than anybody else.

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    • treatment
    • 20 years ago

    My roommate’s still waiting for that 3dfx v3 rebate. It’s been 3-4 months already!!!

    –treatment–

    • Anonymous
    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@cx534270-b.fed1.sdca.home.com<]* I think Dr.Damage rulz. I mean, he\'s got all these Hooters babes coming after him. When I grow up, I want to be like him. Oh, wait. I\'m suppose to post comments about the report. Well, ok. 3DFX can announce the end of the world tomorrow and it won\'t change a thing. They still don\'t have a product like Napalm to show anyone. --Uhhni---

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    • Despite
    • 20 years ago

    Interesting Christmas? I thought they weren’t going to have these available until at least Q1 2000. Oh wait, I get it; knowing how long it actually takes for 3dfx to bring a new product to market, you meant Christmas 2000. Right?

    • Anonymous
    • 20 years ago

    *[Anon@mkc-163-111.kc.rr.com<]* I\'ll take two.

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