The local PC assembly industry received a boost last week when Australian IT component designer and manufacturer Legend announced expansion of its video display product range.
In addition to an upgrade of its current Neon display card to incorporate the new S3 Trio3D 368 processor, with advanced memory handling architecture, Legend has added cards based on the S3 Savage4, 3DFX Voodoo3 and Nvida Riva TNT2 processors. Except for 3DFX Voodoo3, the cards are all manufactured at the Adelaide facility.
Legend is a wholly Australian-owned designer, manufacturer and exporter of components for the IT industry focusing on memory modules, video accelerators and system mainboards.
According to Simon Forth, Video products manager for Legend, its range of video display products has been engineered to meet the needs of the local OEM market as well as major retailers catering for the upgrade market.
As well as the revised Legend Neon for general home/business applications, the new range includes a gaming upgrade offering, dubbed the Legend V16 3000, the higher performance Legend Argon, and the flagship Legend TNT2, with what is claimed to be the world's fastest 128-bit 3D processor.
Mike Carter, technical manager at Genitech, said they had been using Legend's Neon cards for some time, where previously they had been importing hundreds at a time from Taiwan. "They are well priced and this way, I can talk to the people who designed the card, so any problems can be fixed quickly," Carter said.
Ken Murphy, managing director of Perth-based distributor and system builder Alpha Electronic, has been dealing with Legend for the last three years and said the company uses its video and memory cards in its Genesys PCs. "The benefit of dealing with Legend has been its technical support and the fast turnaround of any replacements compared with the brand-name products from Asia," Murphy said.
Forth explained that the new Neon is ideal for general 2D/3D home/business use and is powered by the new S3 Trio3D 368 processor with AGP 2X-bus architecture. It is manufactured with two memory configuration options, with either 4 or 8MB SRAM. "The NEON4 has been in production for over 10 months and has proven to be a very popular product for system assemblers," Forth claimed. "The new revision incorporates the latest S3 Trio3D 368 processor, enabling the manufacture of an 8MB version, the NEON8."
Forth added that the NEON4 and NEON8 products are aimed at local PC assemblers (the OEM version) and are available in single, 10 or 50 unit boxes.
The ARGON is powered by the Savage 4 processor, with AGP 4X architecture.
"This card is ideal for general 2D/3D applications and handles the latest and most demanding 3D graphics with ease. The Savage4 processor incorporates a special texture mapping compression algorithm enabling 16MB of SDRAM to handle the equivalent of 64MB of texture mapping, a four to one compression ratio," Forth said. This card is available in both OEM & retail versions.
"The V16 3000 incorporates the third generation Voodoo3 processor from 3DFX, in a stand-alone 2D/3D PCI card delivering liquid smooth graphics frames rates," Forth added.
The range of Legend's video display products has been released in both OEM and retail formats.
New Legend video cards
Model Processor Single unit price*
Neon S3 Trio $59
Argon S3 Savage4 $99
V16 3000 Voodoo3 $239
TNT2 Riva $249