Acer Labs is een samenwerkingsverband met ArtX - ontwerpers van de Nintendo Dolphin graphics engine - aangegaan. Doel is de ontwikkeling van een super socket7 chipset met ge´ntegreerde 3D accelerator en T&L acceleratie, zo schrijft The Register:
According to a report in EE Times, we're not talking standard end-of-its-life graphics technology here. One of the key features of ArtX's offering is the kind of transform and lighting engine currently only available through Nvidia's GeForce 256 chip.
Integrating that, plus more traditional 3D acceleration components, into a PC's North Bridge chipset will present not only a threat to other chipset vendors, but arguably the whole 3D add-in market.
ArtX's chip, called Aladdin 7 (it will be offered as an Acer part), contains a 128-bit graphics engine capable of pumping out 12.5 million triangles per second -- more than twice what a 3dfx Voodo3 2000 is capable of, for example.