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Product Overview

S3 Savage3D

Integrated 2D/3D Graphics and Video Accelerator

Feature List

High Performance 3D/2D/Video Accelerator

  • New Single Cycle 3D Architecture
  • 5M triangles/second Triangle Setup Engine
  • 128-bit Dual Rendering Pipeline
  • 125M pixels/sec Trilinear Fill Rate
  • Full AGP 2X Implementation including Sideband Addressing and AGP Execute Mode

3D Rendering Features

  • Single Cycle Trilinear Filtering
  • S3 Texture Compression
  • True Color Rendering
  • Void and Cluster Dithering for 16-bit Modes
  • Specular Lighting and Diffuse Shading
  • Alpha Blending Modes
  • MPEG-2 Video Textures
  • Edge Anti-Aliasing
  • Vertex and Table Fog
  • 16- or 24-bit Z-buffering
  • Sprite Anti-Aliasing, Reflection and Environment Mapping, Texture Morphing, Shadows, Procedural Textures, and Atmospheric Effects

2D Acceleration Features

  • Highly Optimized 128 bit Graphics Engine
  • Full Featured 2D Engine for acceleration of Bitblt, Rectangle Fill, Line Draw, Polygon Fill, Panning/Scolling and HW Cursor
  • 8, 16, and 32 bpp Mode Acceleration

High Speed Memory Interface

  • 125MHz SDR SGRAM with Block Write
  • 64-bit Synchronous Memory Bus
  • 2-, 4-, or 8MB Frame Buffer
  • SDRAM for cost savings
  • SO-DIMM Memory Upgrade
  • 512Kx32 or 256Kx32 Memory Parts

Motion Video Architecture

  • High Quality Up/Down Scalar
  • Motion Compensation
  • Subpicture Blending and Highlights
  • Optimized Software DVD Decoders
  • Streams ProcessorTM for on-the-fly stretching and blending of multiple video streams
  • Multiple Video Windows
  • Brightness, Hue, and Saturation Controls
  • 60MHz VIP Video Port allows HDTV Resolutions
  • Glueless Interface for HW MPEG-2 Decoders and Video Digitizers

High Quality TV Out

  • Integrated NTSC/PAL Encoder
  • Optional Macrovision 7.1 Support
  • Programmable 3-tap Flicker Filter
  • Vertical Overscan Compensation
  • Simultaneous CRT and TV Display

Full Software Support

  • WHQL Certified Drivers
  • Windows 95 and 98 Display Drivers
  • Windows NT 3.5, 4.0, and 5.0 Display Drivers
  • Windows 3.X and OS/2 2.1/3.0 Display Drivers
  • Direct3DTM, DirectDrawTM, and DirectVideoTM
  • OpenGLTM ICD for Windows 9X and NT
  • Comprehensive SDK, Utilities and ISV Tools
  • ISV Marketing and Bundling Programs

Additional Features

  • 33MHz PCI 2.1 Bus Support
  • Flash ROM and I2 C Serial Communications Bus
  • 250MHz RAMDAC with Gamma Correction
  • PCI Power Management
  • DDC Monitor Communications
  • 256-pin, 27x27mm PBGA

Product Description

Savage3DTM brings high performance 3D graphics to the mainstream PC by integrating 2D acceleration, MPEG-2 video acceleration, and leading edge 3D performance into a cost effective package. Savage3D provides the solution for the high performance consumer, corporate desktop user and entry level professional.

Featuring a high performance 128-bit engine, Savage3D delivers a new single cycle architecture which provides leading edge performance along with the highest image quality.

The single cycle trilinear filtering enables the highest 3D graphics performance along with stunning image quality. Savage3D is the first 3D accelerator to utilize S3TC, which was endorsed by Microsoft as the standard compression technique in DirectX. The high quality texture compression enables 6X the amount of texture storage and AGP bus bandwidth. Savage3D produces the most vivid and realistic images through its true color rendering, which enables the use of 16 million colors vs. the traditional 64K. Savage3D architecture is optimized for full AGP 2X implementations and high performance AGP Texturing.

New Triangle Setup Engine
The advanced triangle setup engine provides industry-leading 3D performance for realistic user experience in games and other interactive 3D applications. The new 3D engine is designed for AGP texturing from system memory and provides peak performance with many 3D features enabled, such as trilinear filtering, specular and diffuse shading, perspective correction, and fogging. This powerful 3D accelerator moves the market to support more complex games and interactive 3D applications.

128-bit 2D Graphics Engine
The state of the art 128-bit 2D graphics engine delivers high speed 2D acceleration for productivity applications and wins benchmarks for desktop PCs. This full featured 2D engine provides acceleration in many color depths.

DVD Playback and Video Conferencing
Savage3D provides the ideal architecture for high quality MPEG-2 playback for interactive DVD applications and video conferencing. The video accelerator off loads the CPU by performing the planar to packed format conversion and motion compensation tasks. The enhanced scaling algorithm delivers incredible full screen video playback. The multiple video windows and image mirroring provides the ideal solution for video conferencing. The 60MHz VIP video port allows low cost connection to industry-standard MPEG-2 decoders and video digitizers.

S3 Streams Processor Technology
The proprietary S3 streams processor technology provides stretching, filtering and YUV color space conversion required for full screen video playback with both software CODECs and hardware MPEG sources. It allows simultaneous display of graphics and video of different color depths as well as vertical interpolation and color controls for high quality video playback.

TV Output Support
The integrated TV out capabilities set new quality standards for flicker reduction, filtered overscan compensation, and NTSC/PAL encoding. The integrated encoder with Macrovision support enables TV outputs of composite or S-video signals, providing flexibility for desktop computers. The programmable 3-tap flicker filter as well as vertical overscan compensation ensure excellent TV output quality.

High Screen Resolution (Non-interlaced) Support

  Frame Buffer Size
Resolutions Supported 2 MB 4 MB 8 MB
640x480x8/16/32 x x x
800x600x8/16/32 x x x
1024x768x8/16 x x x
1024x768x32   x x
1280x1024x8 x x x
1280x1024x16   x x
1280x1024x32     x
1600x1200x8 x x x
1600x1200x16   x x
1600x1200x32     x


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