State Machine G8 Graphic Accelerator
The State Machine G8 Graphics Accelerator provides improved graphics performance for Acorn Archimedes computers from the A300 through to the A5000.
The Archimedes VIDC based graphics system is unchanged from the original A300 to the A5000. By 1992 the graphics capabilities of a standard PC had overtaken the Archimedes range with resolutions of 800x600 in 256 colours or 1024 x 768 in 16 colours.
The G8 Graphics Accelerator card overcomes these problems by having a local Video RAM frame store on the graphics card and by permanently clocking the VIDC chip at the frequency for the correct sound.
The second card is an updated version of the original G8 called the G16. The only difference is in the software.
The G8 Graphic Accerator Card User Guide is in the Documents section.
Manufacturer : State Machine
Physical Description : Expansion card.
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