NVIDIA adds 3D core to wireless media chip

NVIDIA has reportedly added a 3D graphics core to its GoForce wireless media processor. Dubbed "Early Z," the graphics core has a 40-bit pipeline, the ability to apply up to four textures per pixel, and programmable shader technology. As its name implies, the graphics core also makes use of occlusion culling to reduce overdraw.

The Early Z graphics core is a part of NVIDIA's GoForce 4500 media processor, which also includes a 2D graphics engine and JPEG and MPEG4 codecs. The chip will apparently be used in a Gizmondo handheld gaming platform that's expected to be available before the end of the year.

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