S3 Announces High-Def Multimedia Car

From S3’s press release:

S3 Graphics Co., Ltd, today announced the OmniChrome Hi-Def multimedia AGP card platform for the PC add-in board market. Offering end users a new hardware choice for video and entertainment centric applications, OmniChrome is based on the new state-of-the-art APG8X GPU, the DirectX 9.0 DeltaChromeS4 Nitro from S3 Graphics.

The OmniChrome brings HDTV component Video In and Video Out (VIVO) to the all-in-one multifunctional multimedia add-in board market, restating S3 Graphics’ continued support of the Microsoft Media Center Edition Initiative.

OmniChrome features the latest 3rd generation high sensitivity and compact desktop video tuner modules, the 1216 and the 1236ME MK3 from Philips Electronics and a Techwell video decoder. Users of analogue video devices will be able to bridge the digital divide and capture real time video using S-Video, composite and component input directly into various digital formats and perform Hi-Def digital media playback HDTV resolutions using the boards Hi-Def VIVO functionality. Personal Video Recording and TV Time shift/pause TV functionality are also supported.

“We are very excited about introducing OmniChrome to the European market. The Club-3D OmniChrome board will be one of the most highly featured graphic boards in its class, representing great value for money, and a natural extension of our existing TV tuner solutions,” said Marco Wellermann, Marketing Manager of Club-3D, a leading supplier of high quality graphics solutions in Europe. “We are delighted to be selected as S3 Graphics’ launch partner in Europe, and through close cooperation with them, we hope to drive brand recognition and brand awareness in the European Market.”

Unique features such as the Chromotion Programmable Video Engine significantly enhance the capabilities of OmniChrome when compared to currently available alternatives, as well as challenge the imagination of the creative end user. Another distinct advantage is ultra-high quality, Hi-Def HDTV capability to fully visualize the video output of any source without the need for quality reducing conversion dongles or other patch solutions.

The feature set of the OmniChrome encourages its use in a home entertainment setting, an environment that highlights another of this product’s district advantages – the DeltaChromeS4 Nitro based OmniChrome solution will boast the lowest power of any card of its type in the market. This eliminates the noise intrusion from over-engineered cooling solutions adopted by power hungry competitor’s solutions, essential for a personal entertainment environment.

“The launch of OmniChrome represents an important milestone for S3 Graphics, as we have transitioned from a graphics chip company to a complete solutions provider,” said Dr. Gerry Liu, VP of Marketing at S3 Graphics Inc. “S3 Graphics has a long tradition of making media centric graphics processors – all the DeltaChrome family of GPUs feature native Hi-Def and the Chromotion Video Engine – that enhance the digital media experience while staying focused on the demands of gaming. OmniChrome demonstrates our commitment to providing total graphics solutions, feature rich and cost effective for all PC users, not just specific vertical markets.”

OmniChrome will be available from S3 Graphics’ board vendor partners and will be sold through their worldwide distribution, OEM and retail channels.

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