Het wil dus echt niet vlotten bij NEC/Videologic. De PowerVR Series 2 (voor de PC) heeft inmiddels al een vertraging opgelopen van bijna een jaar. NEC gaat nu voor een release in de zomer van dit jaar. Zie dit nieuwsbericht bij The Register:
And last autumn NEC was forced to admit problems with PowerVR production had scuppered Sega's release plans for its Dreamcast games console -- its graphics engine is driven by the PowerVR 2 chip (see NEC admits it delayed Sega Dreamcast) which also forms the basis for the 250.
According to an NEC spokesman, cited by EE Times, the company has had problems casting a production-worthy design, and that will effectively push volume shipments of the part to September.
NEC reckons the PowerVR 250 will still be highly competitive so far down the line, but it will be much harder to establish the superiority the company claims the part has. Following the recent release of 3dfx's Voodoo3 accelerator, rival graphics specialists nVidia, S3, ATI and Matrox are readying the next generation of 3D chips, and PowerVR is going to hit the market pretty much as they do, offering broadly the same features.