Then I have a question.
I remember reading several days ago from the latest issue of Next Generation
(or maybe it was Wired - they both have the same splashy art design and
super thick covers : about the 3D graphics accelerator cards from
Lockheed Martin Corp. - the Real3D series. The article only mentioned
the two earliest cards in the *scaleable* family line - the low-end
Real3D/100 and high-end Real3D/1000. The R3D/100 (and I guess the 1000
too) is basically composed of a graphics, a geometry, and a texture
processor, and will support OpenGL and 3D-DDI. The cards will "only
operate with PCI...33Mhz interface."
"LOCKHEED ENTERS GRAPHICS BATTLE WITH ITS *$180* REAL3D PROCESSOR:
LMC has announced a PC-based [PCI-ONLY] 3D graphics accelerator which it claims can move more polygons per second than any mainstream system
currently available. The accelerator...is said to be able to move 750,000
textured, shaded, depth-buffered, and MIP-mapped polygons per second, more than Sega's Model 2 arcade board, currently the most powerful board in the arcades. The Real3D technology is primarily a result of Martin Marietta's [1/2 of Lockheed-Martin] longstanding relationship with the defense industry. The firm was involved in NASA research during the '50s and '60s, and in the '70s and '80s went on to work for the US Defense Department on a variety of graphically intensive projects. The technology's basics were then applied to other fields: they helped to make Sega's Model 2 arcade board, with Martin Marietta supplying its texture-mapping chips and TARGET database generation system. LMC has invested more than $200 million in computer graphics research and now owns more than 40 patents in the field, including the 'unique anti-aliasing architecture' used in Real3D."
Then it goes on to list ALOT of specs of each chip component in the card,
which look REALLY good You gotta see the sample screenshots they
showed (very, very good)! Anyway, LMC has annual sales of ~$23 billion
and employs more than 170,000 people (large company, to say the least).
https://groups.google.com/forum/?hl=en& ... 6ya5hHrg8J
BTW that was from Next Generation issue 8, August 1995.
I was wondering if anyone can tell me what was meant by
"TARGET database generation system" ?