25th October 2001

STMicroelectronics’ KYRO Family Accelerates Windows XP

Unified XPlorer drivers released today with full support for Windows XP and DirectX 8.1


PowerVR Technologies, a division of Imagination Technologies (LSE:IMG), today announces the availability of new drivers for STMicroelectronics KYRO and KYRO II™ 3D Graphics Accelerators with full support for DirectX 8.1 and Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system. This means that PC OEMs and system builders worldwide can take advantage of KYRO and KYRO II’s fully featured, high performance 3D graphics acceleration combined with digital video acceleration and flawless image quality. With the new XPlorer drivers consumers benefit from the acceleration of 3D games, digital movie making and digital picture viewing within the Windows XP environment.

KYRO and KYRO II are next-generation 3D Graphics and Video Accelerators derived from the partnership between ST and Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR Technologies division. Powered by PowerVR™ tile based rendering technology, KYRO and KYRO II demonstrate clear performance leadership when compared with other products in their class on popular games and industry benchmarks.

Says Dr Derek Marriott, Senior Programmer, Particle Systems Ltd: KYRO II has remarkable colour quality which gives its images a unique crispness and its anti-aliasing has impressed everyone. With DX8 and Windows XP, our game Independence War 2:Edge of Chaos runs like a dream and looks stunning on the KYRO II.

To enable games and other 3D titles to run with unrivaled image quality, KYRO and KYRO II support highly efficient Full Scene Anti-Aliasing, Internal True Color ™, and Environmental and Dot3 Bump mapping. With an exclusive feature set including support for 8-layer multi-texturing, Z32 ™, and ConstantStencil™, KYRO II delivers performance and image quality that sets new standards in PC games.

KYRO II also includes a fast 128-bit 2D engine, hardware video playback and DVD decode assistance, AGP Bus Master Interface, a 128-bit SGRAM/SDRAM interface with up to 64Mbyte support, and integrated Palette DAC. A video input port allows connection to a wide range of video source and capture peripherals, while a digital video output port provides glueless connection to flat panel displays and TV encoders.


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