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XGI Volari - Newest GPU on the Block

XGI Volari - Newest GPU on the Block - PCSTATS
Abstract: When XGI Technology announced the Volari line of graphics processors for the desktop and mobile market on September 15th, the collective response from the PC community was..."Wha...?"
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External Mfg. Website: XGI Oct 23 2003   Mike Dowler  
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CipherVideo and ColorAmp

The CipherVideo processor is responsible for formatting incoming video so that it displays correctly on a computer monitor. For example, a television signal (from a video-in port) must be de-interlaced (the process of merging video information into coherent individual frames) for display on a computer. On the other hand, DVD video requires a different set of treatments and considerations. The Cipher is XGI's video processing solution for the Volari range, and contains proprietary solutions for rendering high-quality video.

XGI's ColorAmp Engine is apparently an on-the-fly colour and brightness optimizer for 3D and 2D images. According to the white paper for the technology, ColorAmp will provide extra saturation for onscreen colours, and lighten 3D images to increase viewability. It does this while retaining a set of custom settings for various sources, such as DVDs and games, and allowing user customization also.

The lightening feature, dubbed the 'Intelli-Vision Engine,' sounds like an automatic Gamma adjustment feature. As for the colour saturation provided by the ColorAmp engine, XGI made these screenshots available, so judge for yourself.

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Contents of Article: XGI Volari
 Pg 1.  XGI Volari - Newest GPU on the Block
 Pg 2.  The Volari product line
 Pg 3.  The Volari V8
 Pg 4.  Volari V3, BitFluent Architecture
 Pg 5.  The Volari Duo Series
 Pg 6.  BroadBahn Memory Architecture
 Pg 7.  — CipherVideo and ColorAmp
 Pg 8.  Reactor Unified Driver

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