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Thursday, January 25, 2001
ATI Patch Update, Q&A
11:05 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Chris Bentley of ATI responded to an inquiry about the ATI driver update which has been promised in the near future (see yesterday's article) to address certain issues experienced by owners of the just-released Radeon Mac Edition PCI. Specifically, we were wondering if some of the more advanced features of the Radeon chipset (such as full-scene anti-aliasing) would be enabled in this update, or whether it was just a bugfix release. Here is what Chris had to say:

IMG: So if some (most?) of the TCL features are already implemented, will anti-aliasing be a part of this release?

We are polishing up our support for Full Scene Anti Aliasing. This will be
supported in our next major driver update. We are also delivering FSAA
support to Apple for an upcoming release.

IMG: We've heard some of the more complex TCL stuff hasn't yet made it to the Mac.

Every piece of TCL that the Radeon does, is supported in the shipping Mac
drivers. There are several other extensions over and above TCL that we are
currently putting in place. These include cube mapping and bump mapping
and a couple of other minor ones. These should also be in place for the
next driver update.

IMG: Does ATI have any tech demos that might show off some of these features, since only Q3:A engine-based games use TCL so far?

We do have tech demos, and we'll get them to you when the drivers support
the extensions. Quake2, Quake3, Cro-Mag Rally, Heavy Metal FAKK2, Elite
Forces (in other words any Quake2 or Quake3 engine game) support Transform
and Clipping (the 'T' and 'C' in TCL). There are numerous OpenGL demos that
demonstrate Lighting which will be made available.

This is very good news for Radeon owners. FSAA and advanced TCL support should make your existing games look even better, and as future titles themselves provide more aggressive support for special features such as Bump Mapping, you'll see special effects you've never thought possible -- rendered in hardware, with no performance hit. It seems the driver release due this week is just a bugfix for PCI Radeon owners, with the above-mentioned features coming in the next 'major' update.

ATI Mac Radeon Web Site
IMG News: ATI Driver Update Soon

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