From Via’s press release:
S3 Graphics, Co. Ltd., today announced an agreement with Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc., for its licensing of S3 Graphics’ S3TC texture compression technology. S3TC will be used in Sony Computer Entertainment’s PlayStation Portable.
â€œWe are pleased to adopt S3 Graphics S3TC technology in PlayStation Portable,â€ says Masayuki Chatani, Corporate Executive and CTO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. â€œS3TC technology allows PlayStation Portable software developers to take advantage of very high quality texture compression technology and benefit from a range of proven tools and libraries.â€
This license agreement reinforces S3 Graphics’ S3TC texture compression technology as the industry standard for both PC and game console graphics.
S3TC enables high level of compression while maintaining texture detail and quality. This balance of quality and compression becomes even more important for portable applications when efficient use of memory directly impacts the size and quality of software applications and games.