Nvidia Corp. introduced its GeForce3 graphics-processing unit (GPU) for the PC at the Intel Developer Forum. The GeForce3 runs on Nvidia’s nfiniteFX engine, which includes hardware support for the vertex and pixel-shading technology licensed to Microsoft Corp. for DirectX 8. The technology supports effects and graphics customization. PCs and PowerMac G4s with GeForce3 chips will ship next month.
The company says the GeForce 3 is up to three times faster than the GeForce 2 Ultra, currently the fastest PC graphics chip available. The GeForce 3 card will not match Xbox graphics because of differences in console and PC architecture.