View Full Version : Anybody have any ideas on what the new video card is going to be used for?

24th May 2001, 07:40
Sebastian MacDougal Matrox's Public Relations man for the online press says:
"Stay tuned for something interesting from Matrox that most people haven't even thought of using a videocard for. I'm really excited by what Matrox might be doing. Unfortunately, I can't discuss it at the moment."

So does anybody know or have any ideas what it's going to be used for? Microwave, blender, automatic Slinky? VR? I have no freaking clue what so ever.

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24th May 2001, 08:21
I've got no idea, but matrox are in the networks market so it could be some kind of video/comms solution.


24th May 2001, 08:47
Unfortunately, I can't discuss it at the moment http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif Actually, it wasn't the PR guy that said that, it was the guy at Tech Extreme.

After pushing aside the more unlikely applications such as video conferencing, here are my suggestions:

-Render Subject Nude (aka Matrox Skinning, using the RSN-01 chip)
-Manga Correction (good for those poorly translated ones)
-Force Feedback, when your Sopwith starts stalling the 'puter shakes like hell
-BWWRI (Badly Working Whatnot Riser Interface) - 'nuff said
-Integrated Camera (you'd see if the fan is working, if it wasn't so * dark inside the computer case)
-FF-01 Fancy Features processor (supported only by the screensaver that ships with the card)
-TUTAF (Totally Unexpected Transformation and Filtering)
-Physics Processing, and cheat drivers for that - you can walk and shoot through walls
-MClosedGlideX - A new standard in 3D, yay!
-Built-in WWW information filtering
-Biomechanical FOV (field of vision) adjuster
-Pattern Recognizing DVD player, to quickly see just the dirty parts of the movie
-Cheer-M-Up, at every bootup, it downloads and displays a fortune cookie telling you just how wonderful you are, thus decreasing suicide rates (at least that's what it was supposed to do)
and last but not least,
-Twin Feather Shaders, for those stunning Condor demos...

Edit: Oh yeah, not to mention
-Ralph Acceleration, a dedicated circuit guarantees that it's the fastest GPU in the world to render the word "Ralph"

And it's the fastest thing since the days when the next-to-fastest previous generation card was pretty fast. So there.

[This message has been edited by Tempest (edited 24 May 2001).]

24th May 2001, 12:42
Displaying video?

24th May 2001, 12:46
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Originally posted by DuRaNgO:
Displaying video?</font>No Jim ... he said "people", he didn't just mean NVIDIA users. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/biggrin.gif

24th May 2001, 13:23
Tempest - LOL !

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24th May 2001, 15:54
hmm you could use it to slice razor thin tomatoes but then youd have make sure it was dry before you put it back in the agp slot..
maybe plug your PS1 or 2 into the card?
no thats vivo...
watch movies? no...
hook it up to your tv? nope...
play games? no
onboard hardware de/encoder? maybe
hmm i wonder what IT is?

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25th May 2001, 15:52
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Originally posted by Tempest:

-MClosedGlideX - A new standard in 3D, yay!

Together with the RSN I guess this should better be called MClosedGlideXXX...

28th May 2001, 11:19


28th May 2001, 11:27
Interesting link, Joel. That tech has some seriously interesting possibilities. I can think of about 2 dozen off the top of my head.


29th May 2001, 08:34
Re: Chick's Hardware article ... where were the terms "HeadCasting" and "GoIP" introduced?

29th May 2001, 13:07
From MURC homepage:

But G550 3D core will also have some nice things. It will be DirectX 8 compliant due to Matrox's brand HeadCasting engine. This engine is none other but a T&L unit supporting extended Vertex Shaders and matrix palette skinning. G550 will also support EMBM.

I dont see any mention of GoIP though, and Ive been following the rumours quite closeley.


29th May 2001, 13:33
Ali: That's not from the MURC, it's from iXBit Labs - from where they've gotten it is beyond me http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


29th May 2001, 13:45
Twin Feather Shaders??? ROFLMAO ... Unfortunately, I can't comment :X


29th May 2001, 15:10
This is what they say:

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">They won't provide us with any information even under a signed NDA</font>
and then:

<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Anyway, all will be revealed on June 19th when the NDA is removed</font>

Very consistent http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif


29th May 2001, 17:27
They won't give him an NDA, but when the NDA's that privileged people received expires......

29th May 2001, 18:48
But has anybody found anything out about GoIP? It must have come from somewhere (probably here).

29th May 2001, 21:44
I heard it'll run best when used with PSP7 which comes bundled widit.

31st May 2001, 09:53
I finally know where I heard GoIP before. Not in Graphicscardland, but in the GSM land (mobile phones).

For instance: "JetCell's patent-pending GSM over IP (GoIP(TM)) technology, incorporated into the ViperCell, allows seamless integration between the enterprise and cellular worlds."
(source: http://www.robertel.com/30page06.htm)

and: "JetCell’s proprietary patent-pending GoIP™ technology integrates voice over IP for GSM, IS-136 and CDMA radio systems for wireless voice/data corporate networks."
{source: http://www.wireless-location.com/symmetri.htm)

I can't think of a videocard being able to make contact with my GSM directly, but as it's said, "it is something no-one has ever done before with a videocard"...

Maybe voice-recognition is enabled in the next videocard, making Voice-Enabled games more Interactive.

It's just a thought http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif


31st May 2001, 10:04
They got me there! I never thought of using my video card as a cell phone. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/rolleyes.gif

31st May 2001, 17:27
How much do you think it will cost for time chunks... I would have the coolest looking phone at the party http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/biggrin.gif

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31st May 2001, 17:53
Hey, with one of those, I could use the phone in school! My school doesn't allow people to have cell phones because they are "deemed disruptive to the educational process." If people tell me to put it away, I'll tell them, "But it's not a phone, it's my video card!!" http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/biggrin.gif

6th June 2001, 09:17
A person in a Hungarian hardware bulletin board said something very interesting (and I think true). If you speak Hungarian http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif you can check it here: link (http://www.hwsw.hu/ubb/Forum17/HTML/000327-15.html).

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productivity and communication business market vertex shader

These things are connected to the same thing.

About ten days ago Studio21 made a presentation in Campona (it is a place here in Budapest). Its title was something like "Using 3D on the web". There were such companies like Discreet (http://discreet.com) (3ds max), NVIDIA (with a GF3), Macromedia and Matrox (!!!).

The guy from Macromedia talked about new 3D technologies. He said that these new technologies are supported by the Director Studio 8.5, which supports DX8 based 3D objects, etc...
The Descreet guys showed 3ds Max4 exciting new features (eg. combustion, reactor), and the supported formats you can export your work to (VRML, Flash, etc...) to use them in interactive (eg. web) applications.

But what the hell did Matrox do there? They didn't say anything. It is very interesting.
I remember, about two years ago there was a news about Macromedia and Matrox, that they were developing a new 3D web standard. So it may happen, that they found out something new and G550 will show us that thing? http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif I hope so. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

[This message has been edited by atko (edited 06 June 2001).]

6th June 2001, 11:47
Interesting stuff! Thanks atko.

7th June 2001, 07:05
I think the new card's going to be used as a ruler to draw straight edges with. (Although you can do this with other models, Matrox never admitted it)


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7th June 2001, 08:11
You mean my G400 can be used as a ruler too ?
I'm never upgrading this baby http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif

7th June 2001, 09:44
It'll be that talking head thingy and be fully DX8 compliant hardware/drivers with vertex shaders. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif Sample will be available very soon. Believe the rumours http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif

That Macromedia thing is just Shockwave 3D, it has nothing to Matrox, although it's pretty cool. It uses OpenGL, Direct X 5 or 7 to render.Check it out here. (http://www.macromedia.com/software/shockwaveplayer/3d_content/samples/main.html)

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7th June 2001, 11:54
<font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" size="2">Originally posted by bacon:
It'll be that talking head thingy and be fully DX8 compliant hardware/drivers with vertex shaders. http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/smile.gif Sample will be available very soon. Believe the rumours http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif</font>
We hope so... http://forums.murc.ws/ubb/wink.gif