nVidia heeft de officiële press release van de GeForce 256 gepost. Hier heb je het ding:
AUGUST 31, 1999 – NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced that it has secured GeForce 256™ design wins with five of the top PC OEMs, including: Dell® Computer Corporation, Gateway, Compaq Computer Corporation, Micron Electronics, Inc.™ and NEC Direct. In order to meet the high-volume requirements of these customers, NVIDIA also announced it has begun full ramp of the GeForce 256 graphics processing unit (GPU) into full production.
"The GeForce 256 GPU is being accepted even faster than the RIVA TNT2 was," said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA Corporation. "We've clearly accelerated our growing lead in the 3D graphics market and, as the first company to deliver an integrated transform and lighting solution, we're securing design wins across the board."
By adding the GeForce 256 GPU to their already successful product line, the industry's top PC OEMs will be able to deliver more complex, lifelike images; rich, realistic environments; enhanced artificial intelligence; and physics than ever before possible on a desktop PC. With the ability to deliver an unprecedented 15 million triangles per second and 480 million pixels per second, PC users experience a whole new level of visual realism.
The GeForce 256 GPU takes full advantage of all of the breakthrough features of Microsoft's® new DirectX® 7.0 application programming interface (API), and provides full support for OpenGL®. The combination of GeForce 256 and feature-rich APIs delivers the best quality graphics for entertainment, education, business and e-commerce applications and guarantees a new level of performance.
The GeForce 256 GPU supports up to 128MB of frame buffer memory and AGP 4X with Fast Writes to support the storage of high-quality 3D textures and a 350MHz RAMDAC, to drive the most extreme resolutions, color depths and ergonomic refresh rates, up to 2048 x 1536 @ 75Mhz. In addition to DirectX support, the GeForce 256 GPU provides full support for an OpenGL® ICD (Installable Client Driver) for Windows® 2000 and Windows NT®. [break] Verder hebben ze ook nog een press release over OEM support voor de GeForce 256:[/break] Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced that it has secured GeForce 256™ design wins with five of the top PC OEMs, including: Dell® Computer Corporation, Gateway, Compaq Computer Corporation, Micron Electronics, Inc.™ and NEC Direct. In order to meet the high-volume requirements of these customers, NVIDIA also announced it has begun full ramp of the GeForce 256 graphics processing unit (GPU) into full production. [break] En tenslotte ook nog een press release waarin nVidia bekend maakt dat inmiddels 6 videokaart-bakkers GeForce-256 planken zullen produceren: [/break] NVIDIA™ Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) announced today that six of the top independent graphic accelerator manufacturers have selected the recently announced GeForce 256™ graphics processing unit (GPU) for their add-in-card product lines. Creative Technology, Ltd., ELSA Inc., Guillemot Corporation, Canopus Co. Ltd., ASUSTeK Computer Inc. and Leadtek Research Inc. have all announced their intention to ship new, highly anticipated graphics boards based on NVIDIA's GeForce 256 GPU. The first graphics cards will be available on retail shelves beginning in late September.