PS2 Graphics Synthesizer gets awarded.
Semiconductor Insights announced that Sony's very own Graphics Synthesizer card has been awarded the "INSIGHT Award for the Most Innovative Computing Semiconductor Product of the Year" (try saying that three times). Of course the Graphics Synthesizer is a chip located at the heart of the Playstation 2 that can produce 75 million polygons per second and can handle 20 times the simultaneous data of many PC graphic accelerators.
"System-on-a-Chip (SoC) design has been a buzzword in the semiconductor industry for the past 5 years. Sony has developed a chip that exemplifies the philosophy of SoC as it not only integrates many functions on-chip but also integrates different technologies," said Derek Nuhn, Chief Operating Officer of Semiconductor Insights. "The extreme performance of the resulting chip is phenomenal."
"This is the first year Semiconductor Insights has given out the INSIGHT Awards and we plan to make it an annual tradition," Nuhn said. "Semiconductor Insights performs competitive technical intelligence on devices in every technology area each year putting us in the unique position of analyzing the true technical merits of leading edge semiconductor products."
"PC technology has generally led the advancement of process geometries in semiconductors," a senior analyst indicated. "Sony's Graphics Synthesizer has a logic core with embedded DRAM. The embedded DRAM uses sophisticated sense amplifiers that contain an SRAM latch and two read data buses. This combination of DRAM and SRAM is intended to improve the speed of the video memory for better drawing performance."
Apparently it seems that Sony was the fist company to develop this System-on-a-Chip design with its incredible GS. Now get this folks, the Sony Graphics Synthesizer is so powerful, that the competition it smoked was a Pentium 4 (not 3) 1.5 GHZ chip, an AMD Athlon 1GHZ chip and an nVIDIA GeForce 2 graphics card that will be used by the XBox! So is all of this talk about the XBox being able to create better polygon performance actually true? Well if analysts prove one chip over another, then I'm sticking with "hell no!" I congratulate Sony on their wonderful achievement. No other company deserves it more than them.