S3 Graphics Announces Ultra Energy-Efficient Embedded Multimedia Graphics Processor at ESC 2008

The S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor combines 30% better power-efficiency with best-in-class HD video and DX10.1/OpenGL 2.1 graphics
(Excerpt from press release)
Fremont, California, April 16, 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor for embedded markets, bringing the latest in HD video playback, graphics rendering, display connectivity, and power management to developers of gaming, digital signage and other multimedia intensive embedded applications.

The S3 Graphics 4300E will debut at Embedded Systems Conference, taking place at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 15-18th, at the VIA booth (2110).

Boasting an industry leading performance-per-watt ratio that outperforms competitor products by as much as 30%, the S3 Graphics 4300E is currently the only discrete high-performance HD video and graphics processor tailored specifically to cope with the rigid thermal requirements of the embedded industry. Developers can opt for maximum power-efficiency or for extreme multimedia performance, based on end-product requirements.

Designed for DirectX™ 10.1 and OpenGL 2.1 using the latest programmable unified shader architecture, system developers can now bring an immersive 3D experience to feature-rich product introductions. The S3 Graphics 4300E also incorporates a programmable video engine with media acceleration for H.264, VC-1, AVS, DivX, and MPEG-2 HD, plus the latest in display connectivity including HDMI with HDCP, dual channel LVDS, and dual-link DVI.

The new 4300E multimedia processor joins the already-shipping 2300E family, expanding S3 Graphics' portfolio of embedded graphics processors to a complete range of top-to-bottom solutions for multimedia intensive embedded applications, all with guaranteed supply longevity and support. An SDK and hardware development kit for the 2300E is available to developers now, while the 4300E development kit will be available in June 2008.

"With the fast evolving need for increasingly advanced digital multimedia technology in the embedded industry, we are extremely proud to offer a highly competitive product with the 4300E," said Dr. Ken Weng, GM for S3 Graphics. "S3 Graphics now offers a full range of products that can inspire embedded system developers to greater and greater heights."

About the S3 Graphics 4300E Multimedia Processor
The S3 Graphics 4300E processor uses proven low leakage 65nm process technology and features an energy efficient multimedia architecture that scales from 300MHz to 600MHz. The graphics and HD video cores can be coupled with the latest DDR2 and DDR3 memories supporting up to 256MB of local graphics memory. The multimedia processor also incorporates a high speed serial link PCI Express 2.0 compliant bus supporting x1, x4, x8, and x16 lane widths, in addition to PCI Express ASPM for further reducing operational power to allow astonishingly low heat, fanless configurations.

The 4300E uses an advanced high quality programmable video core that is fully compatible with Microsoft's DirectX™ VA 2.0 media acceleration interface and Blu-ray™, supporting protected video playback from source to destination. Codec support includes WMV-9 HD, MPEG-2 HD, VC-1, H.264, DivX, and AVS.

The 4300E has built-in dual-link DVI/HDMI transmitters with HDCP and dual channel LVDS transmitters to interface to the latest high resolution standard and widescreen flat panels, in addition to two analog RAMDACS for CRT connectivity. Independent display rotation (900, 1800, 2700) with 2D, 3D, and HD media acceleration is also fully supported by the display pipeline.

The S3 Graphics 4300E is fully compatible with Windows XP, XPe, CE and is WHQL Certified for Windows Vista SP1.

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