Matrox announces Parhelia PCI 256 MB graphics card

Posted on Thursday, Dec 18 2003 @ 21:41 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Matrox today announced a new member in their Parhelia family, the Parhelia PCI 256MB which is ideal for PCI environments like servers, Linux platforms and PCI workstation they say.
Featuring 256 MB of onboard DDR unified memory, a PCI interface designed for 33 and 66 MHz buses, support for hardware quad-buffered stereo, and the ability to power 9.2 MP panels at 3840 x 2400 @ 24 Hz, the Parhelia PCI 256 MB supports Microsoft® Windows® 2000, Windows XP and Linux® operating systems, and offers certified drivers for leading CAD and GIS applications. It also provides specialized support for mission-critical environments with Matrox FanGuard, which contributes to the card's high MTBF, and a genlock option for use with multiple boards in a system or across multiple systems.


Unequaled multi-display support
The Parhelia PCI 256 MB card increases productivity and efficiency with renowned Parhelia multi-display technologies: DualHead®-HighFidelity (HF) and TripleHead Desktop. Having pioneered DualHead back in 1999, DualHead-HF is Matrox's third generation of this technology. It enables the Parhelia PCI 256 MB to independently power independent dual 2048 x 1536 @ 32bpp analog outputs or dual 1920 x 1200 @ 32bpp digital outputs, from a single chip. For maximum onscreen real estate, the card's specialized third RAMDAC supports a TripleHead Windows® desktop to a maximum resolution of 3840 x 1024 @ 32bpp. For CAD and GIS users, these multi-display capabilities provide Surround Design-the ability to work with hardware-accelerated 2D and/or 3D on one, two or three displays. Multi-display features, including Matrox MultiDesk, TV Output, Multi-Zoom, Clone, and PureVideo, as well as the Matrox PowerDesk-HF utility suite, make hardware configuration and desktop management in multi-display environments effortless.

Exclusive 3D visualization software bundle
Highly optimized for Matrox Parhelia Series graphics cards, the exclusively-bundled AEC|VIZ and Meka|VIZ for Parhelia software, by TORNADO Technologies, Inc., support Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2000/2000i/2002-based products, including Architectural Desktop and Mechanical Desktop, respectively. These unique tools, valued by TORNADO Technologies at US $295 each, improve performance and enable rapid collaboration of even the most complex 3D models. The included VIZ|Link™ Advanced plug-in, core to their seamless interoperability with AutoCAD, provides a significant gain in productivity by sending 3D data from inside AutoCAD to the external AEC|VIZ or Meka|VIZ for Parhelia viewer, where users can effortlessly reposition the model and quickly transfer the desired camera position back to AutoCAD.

Matrox PrecisionCAD driver for AutoCAD
The Matrox PrecisionCAD driver for AutoCAD seamlessly integrates with Autodesk® AutoCAD® 2002-based products providing added application stability and enhanced OpenGL® performance in solid model rendering.
The Matrox Parhelia PCI 256MB graphics card is priced at $699.


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