3DS Powered by Pica200 GPU
Posted by James Newton
No, we've never heard of it either
For months it was thought that NVidia would be providing the graphics power behind Nintendo's 3DS portable, but a recent report revealed the chip manufacturer would have no part in the console's construction. So whose technology is making those impressive graphics possible?
Digital Media Professionals, that's who. The Japanese company recently announced its Pica200 graphics processor is onboard the 3DS, and it boasts some seriously impressive vital statistics: clocking 15.3 million polygons per second at 200MHz, the chip also supports procedural textures, anti-aliasing and per-pixel lighting using its "MAESTRO Technology." All very impressive sounding but the proof is in the pudding, so head over to Engadget for a video of DMP's GPU in action and imagine that running in 3D before next March.