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Graphics giant Nvidia has officially launched its latest chip and chipset, the Vanta LT3D and Aladdin TNT2, respectively. Nvidia has described them as being aimed at OEMs in the value end of the PC market, which translates as sub-$1,000 boxes. Eurotrade quoted Nvidia senior VP for marketing, Dan Vivoli, saying: "The sub-$1000 PC has been hamstrung by inferior graphics for too long," said Dan Vivoli, NVIDIA senior vice president of marketing. "The addition of the Aladdin TNT2 and Vanta LT offers system builders an unprecedented combination of high-performance 3D solutions specifically targeted at the fastest growing segment of the PC market - the value segment." The Vanta LT is a low-cost, 128-bit TwiN Texel, 2D/3D graphics processor, with video, software and hardware DVD playback support. It's drivers are forward and backward compatible with the Detonator driver family. The Aladdin TNT2 is based on the Riva TNT2 processor. It offers 32-bit rendering, 32-bit Z/stencil buffer and up to 32MB of dedicated frame buffer. It also comes with 128-bit TwiN Texel graphics pipeline (two texture-mapped, lit pixels per clock), video in, TV out and TMDS or Digital Flat Panel support up to 1280 x 1024 resolution, Eurotrade said. Nvidia says that the Vanta and Aladdin will bring top quality graphics for applications such as playing games, video playback and using the Net to the low end of the PC market where such functionality has been missing. The two products will be sold through Nvidia's Select Builder channel programme. ® See also: Nvidia's Virtual AGP design... Nvidia NV20, NV15 details leak Nvidia hides NV11, NV15 under CeBIT bushel

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