3/30/2001: Will have support of T&L the PowerVR KYRO III?
It does only a few days of the throwing of the graphic chip PowerVR KYRO II of STMicroelectronics, when we already begin hearing rumors on his possible successor. The chip KYRO II, since it has demonstrated in diverse tests, is an excellent option at a really good price, being located in the "accessible" segment of 150 $. Nevertheless, it does not take support as a hardware of T&L, seemingly his Aquiles's only heel... that STMicroelectronics might be thinking already of solving.
Apparently the rumor departs from a few drivers destined for the chip KYRO II. This chip is recognized internally how NP1. In these drivers a reference to the NP2 has appeared (possible KYRO III?), giving support for hardware to the engine of lighting and transformation (T&L). How is this possible, if the KYRO II does not support T&L for hardware? The most obvious answer is that it has been already proved in a model with this characteristic and "one" has "tippled" them, deliberately or not.
If all this is true, the KYRO II would compete straight with the family NVIDIA GeForce2 and the KYRO III would dare even with the GeForce3; be as it is, let's hope not to have to wait for too much time to know the answer. And if also STMicroelectronics continues with his policy of really competitive prices, it will be the whole option to be born in mind. We will keep you informed.
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News written for: Ignacio Jiménez of the Ship