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Tech sharing deal with Intel continues to pay off

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Intel's favourite 3D acceleration specialist S3 today announced one of the first fruits of its technology alliance with the chip manufacturer: the optimisation of its Savage4 chip-set for the Pentium III's Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE). According to John Brothers, S3's VP for architecture and software, optimising Savage4's ICD and Direct3D drivers for the SSE allows the host PC to "feed transformed, clipped, lit triangles to or hardware at a rate closer to what the Savage4 architecture is capable of rendering". Of course, all graphics accelerator vendors will be keen to make use of SSE to speed up the 3D pipeline and this improve the performance of their cards, but S3's relationship with Intel has allowed it to get ahead of its rivals, something it needs to do to recapture the marketshare it lost a while back to the likes of ATI. ®

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