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Bron: AGNhardware

ESS Technology heeft een press release gedropt over z'n nieuwe 3D soundcard, de Canyon3D. Hier heb je complete pr:

ESS Technology, Inc. introduces its Canyon3D accelerator, the world's first true 3D positional audio solution for multispeaker configurations. ESS's Canyon3D audio accelerator uses Sensaura's MultiDriveTM technology to vertically position 3D sound effects from each of the four speakers in a multispeaker PC gaming environment.

The Canyon3D technology, which supports the Microsoft DirectSound3D (DS3D) API, uses HRTF algorithms for each of the four individual speakers to provide the vertical sound cues needed for total PC game immersion. Canyon3D's vertical sound positioning for each speaker outperforms other four-speaker processors which only use simple 2D panning techniques to attempt to simulate a true 3D environment. Additionally, Canyon3D is the only accelerator to support multiple speaker configurations, including two-speaker, four-speaker, and the popular 4.1 and 5.1 home entertainment configurations.

"The Canyon3D solution is specifically architected to provide hardware acceleration for a four-speaker environment," states Mark Klonower, director of product development at ESS. "ESS raises the performance bar with Canyon3D by providing both 3D sound positioning and DOS legacy compatibility in hardware, freeing more of the CPU's resources for a game's graphics processing demands."

"Canyon3D represents the ultimate in a true three-dimensional gaming experience," explains Dave DeMarinis, director of strategic marketing at ESS. "By using existing information in DirectSound3D games, sounds such as a whisper in the ear, or an ultra-close "fly-by" from a laser, missile, or airplane, achieve a realism that was previously unattainable."

The Canyon3D flexible dual processor architecture accelerates more than 32 Microsoft DirectSound3D streams, providing complete acceleration for the most demanding games while supporting the latest sound standards including DirectSound, DirectMusic and EAX. Canyon3D also supports consumer audio system demands with a S/PDIF digital output interface for Dolby Digital and PCM formats. Built on an AC '97 2.0 architecture, the Canyon3D processor has an MPU-401 MIDI interface, PCI power management with APM 1.2 and ACPI 1.0 compliance, and a PCI compatible interface. More details about Canyon3D are available at the World Wide Web site: www.Canyon3D.com.

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