Stupid @#$!%#!% list processor. Apparently when the list moved from
pyramid to sunsite it lost my registration. *sigh* I sent this a
few days ago...
Hello fellow MIPSers. This came out on the T.I. news service (while
I was in Malaysia a few days back). I'm not enough of a video hardware
person to pass judgement on it, but I thought I'd let those who are
have a gander at it. (Please forgive the hype-speak).
According to the T.I. semiconductor product information center, recommended
unit pricing in 1,000s is:
According to them, T.I. is accepting orders now with an 8 week manufacturing
A data manual is available from the T.I. Literature center at
1-800-477-8924 (sorry to those of you overseas). The literature
number is SLAS080. I haven't called them so I don't know the cost
(if any) of the data manual.
Texas Instruments firstname.lastname@example.org -or-
PO Box 655012 M/S 3624 email@example.com
Dallas, TX 75265 TI-MSG: RAK9
Voice: (214) 917-2285 FAX: (214) 917-5112
NEW COLOR PALETTE CHIP PROVIDES PHOTO-QUALITY COLOR RENDITION
AND 64-BIT PERFORMANCE FOR PC, WORKSTATION GRAPHICS
DALLAS (Nov. 11) -- Designers of personal computer and workstation graphics
systems can use a new video interface palette (VIP) from TI to implement cost-
effective, high-performance graphics for mainstream and high-end applications.
The device is the industry's first color palette chip with a 64-bit picture
element (pixel) bus designed for the PC graphics accelerator market.
Because the device is available in three speeds - 135, 175 and 200 MHz, one
design with this device can be used in applications across a wide performance
spectrum from mainstream to high-end systems. A design incorporating this
device can be easily upgraded by adding more memory and a high-speed VIP. The
device's separate VGA port makes it well-suited for PC graphics and windows
The TVP3020 Video Interface Palette (VIP) can display 24-bit true color (16
million colors) at a resolution of 1024 x 768 and 16-bit true color (65,000
colors) at resolutions up to 1600 x 1280. The TVP3020 true color can be gamma
corrected to allow for more accurate color rendition.
By integrating the functions of a traditional color palette, plus several
discrete chips such as buffer logic and multiplexers, the TVP3020 offers a
complete graphics back-end system on a chip which can directly interface to 4
mega bytes of video random access memory (VRAM) as well as many industry-
standard graphics accelerators.
"The TVP3020 VIP is particularly well-suited to windows accelerator products,
especially those involving true color at high resolutions," said Richard Nail,
TI product marketing manager for color palettes. "With a maximum speed of 200
MHz, this is the fastest PC-optimized color palette device available on the
With an internal frequency doubler, the TVP3020 is able to reduce system costs
by allowing the use of less expensive, low-frequency synthesizers. System
performance is also enhanced by the device's hardware cursor, which eliminates
the need for the system's CPU or graphics processor to create the display's
cursor in software.
The VIP pixel bus can be programmed for 4-, 8-, 16-, 32- or 64-bit widths and
many different color depths, allowing a single hardware design to support many
resolution/color combinations. In addition, the TVP3020 has a color-key
switching capability so that true color images and graphic overlays can be
easily combined on-screen.