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US-based Metabyte is developing a version of 3Dfx's Scan Line Interleave (SLI) technology for its upcoming own-brand nVidia Riva TNT-based 3D accelerator cards. According to Metabyte sources cited by US magazine Maximum PC, the new system will allow two TNT-based Wicked3D boards to work together as a single, double-bandwidth card. The technology utilities a hardware connection between the two cards, which can be AGP or PCI, and special software. Metabyte already offers a 3Dfx Voodoo2-based board which can pair up with a second card to double the acceleration power using SLI. Metabyte has been a strong supporter of 3Dfx in the past, but its interest in providing an SLI-style system for rival chip-sets, suggests the company has decided that 3Dfx's domination of the 3D graphics accleration market is effectively over. The sources claim Metabyte's new technology, believed to be scheduled for an official announcement today or tomorrow (so watch this space), can easily be applied to chip-sets other than TNT, specifically S3 Savage3D (and, presumably, the Savage4) and 3Dfx's Banshee, which is based on Voodoo2 but doesn't support SLI. ®

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