FACTOID # 2: Puerto Rico has roughly the same gross state product as Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota combined.
 
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 
   
 
WHAT'S NEW
 

SEARCH ALL

FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 

 

(* = Graphable)

 

 


Encyclopedia > Diamond Multimedia

Diamond Multimedia is a company that specializes in many forms of multimedia technology. They have produced graphics cards, modems, sound cards and MP3 players. They were one of the major players in the 2D and early 3D graphics card competition throughout the 1990's and early 2000's. Image File history File links Diamondlogo. ... A GeForce 4 4200-based graphics card A graphics card or video card is a component of a computer which is designed to convert a logical representation of an image stored in memory to a signal that can be used as input for a display medium, most often a monitor... A modem (a portmanteau word constructed from modulator and demodulator) is a device that modulates an analog carrier signal (sound), to encode digital information, and that also demodulates such a carrier signal to decode the transmitted information. ... A sound card is a computer expansion card that can input and output sound under program control. ... A digital audio player (DAP) is a device that stores, organizes and plays digital music files. ...


Diamond Multimedia was merged (after a long-time companionship) with S3 Graphics in 1999. The merger was mostly due to S3's willingness to expand their trade from simply producing graphics chipsets to retail graphics cards. The act is somewhat similar with the 1999 3dfx purchase of STB Technologies. The merger was hoped to boost the company's overall capabilities by combining the resources of S3 and Diamond, who were quite close partners over the preceding years. Unfortunately things did not go so well. The greatly anticipated S3 Savage 2000 was a failure, and the excitedly growing 3D sound card market nearly fell apart with the loss of Aureal Semiconductor. S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ... 3dfx Interactive was a company which specialized in the manufacturing of cutting-edge 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. ... Savage was a product-line of PC graphics chipsets designed by S3. ... Aureal Semiconductor was an American electronics manufacturer, best known throughout the mid-late 1990s for their PC sound card technologies including A3D and the Vortex line of audio ASICs. ...


With these market failures, the new combined Diamond/S3 company decided to change direction and leave the PC addon-board market. SONICblue was formed. Diamond Multimedia resurfaced in 2003 after the brand and assets had been purchased by Best Data. Diamond again built expansion boards. S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ...

Contents


Graphics Cards

Speedstar

Diamond's earliest line, now defunct, was the Speedstar series. The line typically consisted of the cheaper, value-oriented chips in low-cost implementations.


Early on, popular chips on Speedstars were Cirrus Logic graphics solutions. They were good performers in their market segment, besting offerings from Trident Microsystems and others in many cases. Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS) is a fabless semiconductor supplier specializing in analog, mixed-signal, and DSP chips. ... Trident Microsystems is a supplier of display-processors for flat panel displays (plasma, LCD, etc. ...


A listing of some of the Speedstar boards

  • Diamond SpeedStar (Plus/24) Tseng Labs ET4000AX ISA
  • Diamond SpeedStar 24 Tseng Labs ET4000 ISA
  • Diamond SpeedStar 24X WD90C31 ISA
  • Diamond SpeedStar Pro Cirrus Logic CL-GD5426/5428 ISA/VLB
  • Diamond SpeedStar 64 Cirrus Logic CL-GD5434 ISA/PCI
  • Diamond SpeedStar Pro SE Cirrus Logic CL-GD5430 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond SpeedStar SuperVGA Tseng Labs ET4000 ISA
  • Diamond SpeedStar A55 S3 Trio3D AGP
  • Diamond SpeedStar A70 SiS 6326 AGP
  • Diamond SpeedStar A90 S3 Savage4 AGP
  • Diamond SpeedStar A200 S3 Savage4 AGP

The Tseng Labs ET4000 was a popular graphics card during the early 1990s, commonly found in many 486 and compatible systems. ... The Tseng Labs ET4000 was a popular graphics card during the early 1990s, commonly found in many 486 and compatible systems. ... Western Digital Corporation NYSE: WDC (often abbreviated to WD) is a manufacturer of a large proportion of the worlds hard disks, and has a long history in the electronics industry as an IC maker and a storage products company. ... Cirrus Logic (NASDAQ: CRUS) is a fabless semiconductor supplier specializing in analog, mixed-signal, and DSP chips. ... S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ... The Virtual Reality Graphics Engine (ViRGE) graphics chipset was one of the first 2D/3D accelerators designed for the mass market. ... Silicon Integrated Systems (SiS) is a company that manufactures, among other things, motherboards. ... Savage was a product-line of PC graphics chipsets designed by S3. ...

Stealth

Diamond Stealth 3D 2000
Enlarge
Diamond Stealth 3D 2000
Diamond Stealth II S220
Diamond Stealth II S220
Diamond Stealth64 Video VRAM / Video 3240
Diamond Stealth64 Video VRAM / Video 3240
Diamond Stealth III S540 Xtreme
Diamond Stealth III S540 Xtreme
Diamond Stealth32
Diamond Stealth32
Diamond Stealth24
Diamond Stealth24

The Stealth cards of the 2D era were usually based on GUI accelerators from S3 Graphics. This line from Diamond is one of their oldest, spanning back to the early '90s. The line started with the most rudimentary of 2D accelerators, but today displays the latest in 3D chips. Initially the Stealth line was Diamond's high-end lineup, but as time progressed the line became more of a mid-range/low-end selection. With more than adequate performance in most cases, the Stealths offered excellent value. This line was Diamond's most popular. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x680, 173 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x680, 173 KB) Licensing I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x767, 235 KB)Diamond Stealth II S220. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x767, 235 KB)Diamond Stealth II S220. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x506, 165 KB) Summary Diamond Stealth 64 Video VRAM. Scanned card. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x506, 165 KB) Summary Diamond Stealth 64 Video VRAM. Scanned card. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x681, 229 KB) Summary Diamond Stealth III S540. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x681, 229 KB) Summary Diamond Stealth III S540. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x507, 146 KB) Summary Diamond Stealth 32 VLB. Scanned card. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x507, 146 KB) Summary Diamond Stealth 32 VLB. Scanned card. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x491, 148 KB) Summary Scanned card. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x491, 148 KB) Summary Scanned card. ... Gui is short for Guilherme or Guilhermo or an iteration of that, in English it translates to Will. ... S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ...


Notable members of the Stealth family have been the Diamond Stealth 3D 2000, by far the most popular S3 Virge-based board. The Diamond Stealth32, using the popular and impressive Tseng Labs ET4000/W32p chipset, was capable of impressive price/performance, especially in DOS. The Diamond Stealth64 Graphics 2001, with the ARK 2000PV/MT chipset, was known for excellent DOS performance at the time. The Diamond Stealth II S220, using the Rendition Verite V2100 2D/3D accelerator, was popular with enthusiasts for its excellent price/performance for both 2D and 3D gaming. In fact a BIOS was released by Diamond for the Stealth II S220 which brought its clock speed up to the same level as the high-end Verite V2200 chip, resulting in equal performance at a significantly lower price. S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ... Tseng Laboratories, Inc. ... Rendition was a maker of 3D graphics chipsets in the mid- to late-90s. ...


In the middle of the Stealth line-up, Diamond chose to implement a numbering scheme to differentiate their cards in a new way. For example, the Diamond Stealth Video VRAM was rechristened the Diamond Stealth Video 3xxx. The numbers had more than a random meaning. Specifically, they tell the buyer the card's memory amount and type. The Stealth Video 3240 uses VRAM (3), is equipped with 2MB initially (2), and is upgradeable to 4MB (4). If the first digit is a (2), then the card uses plain DRAM. Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is a type of random access memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor. ... Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is a type of random access memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor. ...


The numbering scheme confused many people since Diamond just renamed current cards with new names. The Stealth Video 3240 was simply the old Stealth Video VRAM. New cards did also use the scheme, however, such as the S3 Trio64V+ cards.


A partial selection of Stealth models

  • Diamond Stealth VRAM S3-911/924 ISA
  • Diamond Stealth 24 S3-801/805 ISA
  • Diamond Stealth 24 VLB S3-805 VLB
  • Diamond Stealth Pro S3-928 ISA/VLB
  • Diamond Stealth SE S3-Trio32 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Graphics2001 ARK 2000PV/MT PCI
  • Diamond Stealth32 Tseng Labs ET4000/W32p VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 DRAM S3-864/Trio64 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video DRAM S3-868 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 VRAM S3-964 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video VRAM S3-968 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2001 S3-Trio64V+ PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2121 S3-Trio64V+ PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2201 S3-Trio64V+ PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2001 TV S3-Trio64V+ PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2121 TV S3-Trio64V+ PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2201 TV S3-Trio64V+ PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2200XL VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2120 S3-Trio64 VLB
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 2200 S3-Trio64 VLB
  • Diamond Steatlh64 Video 2500 ProMotionAT24 PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 3200 S3-Vision968 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 3240 S3-Vision968 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth64 Video 3400 S3-Vision968 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Stealth 3D 2000 S3-ViRGE PCI
  • Diamond Stealth 3D 3000 S3-ViRGE VX PCI
  • Diamond Stealth II S220 Rendition Verite V2100 PCI
  • Diamond Stealth II G460 Intel i740 AGP
  • Diamond Stealth III S520 S3-Savage4 LT AGP
  • Diamond Stealth III S540 S3-Savage4 Pro/Pro+ PCI/AGP
  • Diamond Stealth III S540 Xtreme S3-Savage4 Xtreme AGP
  • Diamond Stealth S60 ATI Radeon 7000 AGP
  • Diamond Stealth Express ATI Radeon X300SE PCI-Express

Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is a type of random access memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor. ... S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ... The Tseng Labs ET4000 was a popular graphics card during the early 1990s, commonly found in many 486 and compatible systems. ... Dynamic random access memory (DRAM) is a type of random access memory that stores each bit of data in a separate capacitor. ... The Virtual Reality Graphics Engine (ViRGE) graphics chipset was one of the first 2D/3D accelerators designed for the mass market. ... The Virtual Reality Graphics Engine (ViRGE) graphics chipset was one of the first 2D/3D accelerators designed for the mass market. ... Rendition was a maker of 3D graphics chipsets in the mid- to late-90s. ... Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC, SEHK: 4335), founded in 1968 as Integrated Electronics Corporation, is a U.S.-based multinational corporation that is best known for designing and manufacturing microprocessors and specialized integrated circuits. ... The Intel740 was a graphics accelerator chipset made by Intel. ... Savage was a product-line of PC graphics chipsets designed by S3. ... ATI Technologies Inc. ...

Edge 3D

Diamond Edge 3D box

The Diamond Edge 3D was the first consumer 3D accelerator card, based on the NVIDIA NV1 chipset. The boards were strangely all-encompassing designs. The chipset included full 2D/3D acceleration, an audio engine capable of General MIDI synthesis, and the ability to use Sega Saturn controllers. Image File history File links Box-edge. ... NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a major supplier of graphics processors (graphics processing units, GPUs), graphics cards, and media and communications devices for PCs and game consoles such as the original Xbox and the new upcoming next generation Playstation 3. ... The NV1 was a multimedia PCI card released in 1995 and sold to retail as the Diamond Edge. ... General MIDI is a specification for synthesizers which imposes several requirements beyond the more abstract MIDI standard. ... The Sega Saturn (Japanese: セガサターン, Sega Saturn), is a video game console of the 32-bit era. ...


The architecture of the NV1 was not aimed at the Direct3D philosophy and, as such, game compatibility was a problem with the Diamond Edge boards. Limited and slow Direct3D-supporting drivers did eventually show up, but the boards were simply not up to the task and were unacceptably slow and buggy. It didn't help that the audio section of the card was not particularly excellent either, receiving luke warm reviews regarding MIDI quality (extremely important during the card's time). The NV1 was a multimedia PCI card released in 1995 and sold to retail as the Diamond Edge. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

  • Diamond Edge 3D 2xx0 SGS STG2000 (nVidia NV1) PCI
  • Diamond Edge 3D 3xx0 nVidia NV1 PCI

NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a major supplier of graphics processors (graphics processing units, GPUs), graphics cards, and media and communications devices for PCs and game consoles such as the original Xbox and the new upcoming next generation Playstation 3. ... The NV1 was a multimedia PCI card released in 1995 and sold to retail as the Diamond Edge. ... The NV1 was a multimedia PCI card released in 1995 and sold to retail as the Diamond Edge. ...

Monster3D

The Monster3D line was based on 3DFX Voodoo and Voodoo2 chips - as such, they had no on-board 2D and thus had to be used with a separate VGA card, connected externally. Both Voodoo and Voodoo2 based offerings were in production until the STB-3dfx deal. The series was highly successful and, for a significant part, responsible for the 3D Graphics revolution of the mid-late 1990's. 3DFX's Voodoo chipsets were absolutely revolutionary and for several years (approx. 1997-1999) were simply the best hardware out there for 3D gaming acceleration in both the arcade market and home PC arena. 3dfx Interactive was a company which specialized in the manufacturing of cutting-edge 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. ... 3dfx Interactive was a company which specialized in the manufacturing of cutting-edge 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. ...


A critically acclaimed feature of the Monster 3D II (and all Voodoo2 boards) was the capability to connect two identical boards in a SLI (Scan-line Interleave) configuration. This allowed for nearly double the performance of a single Voodoo2 board and was an unbeatable combination at the time. Scan Line Interleave (SLI) from 3dfx is a method for linking two (or more) video cards oder chips together to produce a single output. ...


The original Diamond Monster 3D was hugely popular in the addon-board market.

  • Diamond Monster 3D 3DFX Voodoo1 4MB PCI
  • Diamond Monster 3D II 3DFX Voodoo2 8MB PCI
  • Diamond Monster 3D II 3DFX Voodoo2 12MB PCI
  • Diamond Monster 3D II MEGAMonster bundle (Monster 3D II, MEGAMonster companion board, MEGAMonster (SLI) cable) (a Voodoo2 SLI bundle offered by Diamond)
  • Diamond Monster Fusion Z100 3DFX Banshee 16MB PCI/AGP

3dfx Interactive was a company which specialized in the manufacturing of cutting-edge 3D graphics processing units and, later, graphics cards. ...

Viper

Viper II Z200
Viper II Z200
Viper II Box - Front
Viper II Box - Front
Viper II Box - Back
Viper II Box - Back
Viper V770 TNT2
Viper V770 TNT2

The Viper line was Diamond's high-end line. Initially it consisted of a unique accelerator board for VLB and PCI, based upon a combination Oak DOS display chip and a Weitek graphics co-processor for Windows GUI duties. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x729, 198 KB) Summary Diamond Viper II Z200. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x729, 198 KB) Summary Diamond Viper II Z200. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x729, 266 KB) Summary Diamond Viper II Box Front. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x729, 266 KB) Summary Diamond Viper II Box Front. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x730, 278 KB) Summary Diamond Viper II Box Back. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x730, 278 KB) Summary Diamond Viper II Box Back. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x667, 181 KB) Summary Diamond Viper V770. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x667, 181 KB) Summary Diamond Viper V770. ... Founded in 1987, Oak Technologies is a supplier of semiconductor chips for optical storage devices such as CD-ROM, CD-RW and DVD. In 2003, Oak Technology was acquired by Zoran. ... Weitek Corporation was a former chip-design company that originally concentrated on floating point units for a number of commercial CPU designs. ... Gui is short for Guilherme or Guilhermo or an iteration of that, in English it translates to Will. ...


Towards the end of the 1990's, the Viper line was revived and consisted solely of NVIDIA chipset offerings, the first card being Diamond Viper V330, sporting the featureful Riva 128 chipset. Despite the technological aspects (Riva128 had better 3D features than and similar performance with Voodoo1) the first offering wasn't much of a killer (though Riva128 found a home in many OEM systems), Voodoo having better support from game developers.


The later Diamond Viper V550 and V770 along with other RIVA TNT and RIVA TNT2 accelerators were the ones to become hugely successful, cementing NVIDIA's technological leader position. The RIVA TNT (For TwiN Texel) was a 3D graphics chipset manufactured by NVIDIA. It was released in late 1998 and cemented NVIDIAs reputation as the chief rival of then industry leader 3dfx. ... The RIVA TNT2 was a 3D graphics chip manufactured by NVIDIA starting in early 1999. ...


One of the last video cards from Diamond before their several-year leave from the market was the Diamond Viper II. This card was highly anticipated as it came after the grand merger between S3 and Diamond. The Viper II was based upon the S3 Savage 2000, a supposed Geforce-killer. Unfortunately the chip itself was badly unfinished silicon and the drivers were a disaster. In fact, the card could really only run two games perfectly: Quake 3 Arena and Unreal Tournament. The much-touted S3TL transform & lighting engine was completely non-functional at release. Registry tweaks to enable it showed extreme bugs and distortions with it enabled, and lower overall performance. Drivers were updated for a few months after release, but the card was quite quickly abandoned. Needless to say it was not great competition for the juggernaut nVidia had turned into. Savage was a product-line of PC graphics chipsets designed by S3. ...


A selection of Viper boards

  • Diamond Viper Weitek P9000 VLB
  • Diamond ViperSE Weitek P9100 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Viper PCI Weitek P9100 PCI
  • Diamond Viper Pro Video Weitek P9100 VLB/PCI
  • Diamond Viper V330 nVidia Riva 128 AGP
  • Diamond Viper V550 nVidia Riva TNT AGP
  • Diamond Viper V770 nVidia Riva TNT2 AGP
  • Diamond Viper II S3 Savage 2000 AGP
  • Diamond Viper ATI Radeon X600PRO PCI-Express
  • Diamond Viper ATI Radeon X1800 PCI-Express

Weitek Corporation was a former chip-design company that originally concentrated on floating point units for a number of commercial CPU designs. ... NVIDIA Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA) is a major supplier of graphics processors (graphics processing units, GPUs), graphics cards, and media and communications devices for PCs and game consoles such as the original Xbox and the new upcoming next generation Playstation 3. ... The RIVA 128 was a 3D graphics chipset manufactured by NVIDIA. Following several less successful products, it was the first product to gain NVIDIA widespread consumer recognition. ... The RIVA TNT (For TwiN Texel) was a 3D graphics chipset manufactured by NVIDIA. It was released in late 1998 and cemented NVIDIAs reputation as the chief rival of then industry leader 3dfx. ... The RIVA TNT2 was a 3D graphics chip manufactured by NVIDIA starting in early 1999. ... S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ... Savage was a product-line of PC graphics chipsets designed by S3. ... ATI Technologies Inc. ... Radeon is a brand of graphics processing units (GPU) that has been manufactured by ATI Technologies since 2000 and the successor to their Rage line. ...

Fire GL

Diamond's workstation-class 2D/3D graphics cards.


The Fire GL team was bought by ATI in 2001 once the combined Diamond/S3 dropped out of the graphics market to form SONICblue. ATI continues the Fire GL lineup. The FireGL series is a series of ATI graphics cards for workstations. ... ATI Technologies Inc. ... S3 Graphics, Ltd design graphics chipsets for PCs. ...

  • Diamond Fire GL 1000 Pro 3Dlabs Permedia2 PCI/AGP
  • Diamond Fire GL 2000
  • Diamond Fire GL 3000
  • Diamond Fire GL 4000

3Dlabs is a graphics card vendor that develops high-end graphics chip technology and markets its Wildcat computer graphics solutions to design professionals in the CAD and content creation industries. ...

Sound Cards

Monster Sound

Diamond Monster Sound MX300
Diamond Monster Sound MX300

The Diamond Monster Sound gaming sound card series was a very innovative line. They were the first to really push the envelope in the at-the-time bleeding-edge PCI audio card market. The Monster Sound cards were among the first to support hardware mixing acceleration with Microsoft's new DirectSound and DirectSound3D audio APIs. Most, if not all, also supported Aureal's burgeoning A3D API. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x663, 324 KB) Summary Diamond Monster Sound MX300. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1024x663, 324 KB) Summary Diamond Monster Sound MX300. ... Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT, SEHK: 4338) is an international computer technology corporation with 2005 global annual sales of close to $40 billion USD and about 64,000 employees in 85 countries and regions which develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. ... DirectSound provides the interface between applications and the sound card on Windows platforms, enabling applications to produce sounds and music. ... DirectSound3D is an addition to Microsofts DirectX system which is intended to standardize 3D audio under Microsoft Windows. ... An application programming interface (API) is the interface that a computer system, library or application provides in order to allow requests for service to be made of it by other computer programs, and/or to allow data to be exchanged between them. ... A3D (Aureal 3-Dimensional) is a technology developed by Aureal that delivers sound with a three-dimensional effect through headphones, two or even four speakers. ...


The original Monster Sound card was highly innovative in this regard, but also controversial because it basically broke DOS game compatibility which was still critical at the time. DOS game audio was only functional within a Windows 95 DOS box, which was a finicky way to try to run these old games. It came equipped with a 2MB AdMOS MIDI daughterboard. ‹ The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Windows 95 (codename Chicago) is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical user interface-based operating system released on August 24, 1995 by the Microsoft Corporation. ...


The Monster Sound M80 was similar to the original monster sound, but lacked 4 speaker support. It also had a reduced quality AdMOS MIDI daughterboard (1MB).


Monster Sound MX200 was known for its excellent General MIDI quality because of the high quality patch set (licensed from Roland) it was equipped with on it's 4MB Dream daughtercard. Otherwise it was technically identical to the original Monster Sound. General MIDI is a specification for synthesizers which imposes several requirements beyond the more abstract MIDI standard. ... A daughterboard or daughtercard is a circuit board meant to be an extension or daughter of a motherboard (or mainboard), or occasionally another card. ...


The Diamond Monster Sound MX300 was based on the Vortex2 audio ASIC from Aureal Semiconductor. It was a revolutionary step forward in gaming audio, with impressive 3D audio positioning and other innovative effects. Utilizing the then state-of-the-art Aureal A3D 2.0 3D audio API, the MX300 was capable of producing startlingly immersive audio. Its capability to turn simple stereo speakers into a 3D-audio experience was clearly ahead of the pack for the time, and is unique in its presentation compared to even the renowned and far newer Creative Audigy 2 series. The acronym ASIC, depending on context, may stand for: Application-specific integrated circuit ASIC programming language Australian Securities and Investments Commission This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Aureal Semiconductor was an American electronics manufacturer, best known throughout the mid-late 1990s for their PC sound card technologies including A3D and the Vortex line of audio ASICs. ... A3D (Aureal 3-Dimensional) is a technology developed by Aureal that delivers sound with a three-dimensional effect through headphones, two or even four speakers. ... The Sound Blaster family of sound cards was for many years the de facto standard for audio on the IBM PC compatible system platform, before PC audio became commoditized, and backward-compatibility became less of a feature. ...


Monster Sound MX400 was advertised as being one of the first sound cards with hardware MP3 decoding acceleration. Unfortunately this was hardly a worthwhile reason to buy the card because the central CPUs in PCs at the time were more than capable of handling MP3 playback. It was also somewhat complicated to make use of the MP3 acceleration because special software was needed to use it. MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a popular digital audio encoding and lossy compression format invented and standardized in 1991 by a team of engineers directed by the Fraunhofer Society in Erlangen, Germany. ...


The Vortex2-equipped MX300 was a notably superior card for 3D audio. Unfortunately Aureal had gone into bankruptcy and was dissolved so their next-generation chips never saw the light of day. Diamond was forced to go with ESS's less powerful chip to be able to continue the line. The MX400 was the last of the Monster Sound cards.

  • Diamond Monster Sound PCI
  • Diamond Monster Sound M80 PCI
  • Diamond Monster Sound MX100 PCI
  • Diamond Monster Sound MX200 PCI
  • Diamond Monster Sound MX300 Aureal Vortex2 PCI
  • Diamond Monster Sound MX400 ESS Canyon3D PCI

Aureal Semiconductor was an American electronics manufacturer, best known throughout the mid-late 1990s for their PC sound card technologies including A3D and the Vortex line of audio ASICs. ...

Sonic Impact

The Sonic Impact was the value-oriented sound card line from Diamond. Whereas the MonsterSound lineup was targeted at no-holds-barred gamers, the Sonic Impact cards were more generally aimed, and were cheaper and less powerful. Still the lineup consisted of several capable cards.

  • Diamond Sonic Impact S70 ESS Maestro2 PCI
  • Diamond Sonic Impact S90(A/B) Aureal Vortex1 PCI

Aureal Semiconductor was an American electronics manufacturer, best known throughout the mid-late 1990s for their PC sound card technologies including A3D and the Vortex line of audio ASICs. ...

Other Sound Cards

  • Diamond Sonic 3D ISA
  • Diamond Mozart ISA

Other products

Rio PMP300 Diamond's innovation created the Rio PMP300, one of the first consumer MP3 players, but they soon sold their MP3 player line and no longer provide support for it. The Rio PMP-300 portable mp3 player The top view shows the face of the player. ...


SupraMax DSL modems The SupraMax line is a popular value DSL modem line.


Diamond Micronics motherboards Diamond began manufacturing PC-compatible motherboards after purchasing Micronics Computers Inc. in 1998. An old Octek Jaguar V main board with an AMD 386DX-40 processor. ...


Maximum DVD Diamond was an early (1997) entrant into PC DVD kits with their Maximum DVD 1000DB-VAR (Value Added Reseller) and 2000-RETKIT (RETail KIT). These kits bundled a 'feature reduced' (several pin headers and other parts not installed) full length PCI MPEG2 analog overlay decoder card made by divion. This card connected to the VGA card with an external passthrough cable, a 3.5mm (1/8") external patch cord to the soundcard's line-in jack, and the analog audio cable from the included Toshiba SD-M1002 DVD-ROM drive connected to the divion card while a second cable passed the audio on to the soundcard's internal connector. MP2, also known as Musicam, is a short form of MPEG-1 Audio Layer 2 (not MPEG-2), and it is also used as a file extension for files containing audio data of this type. ... DVD is an optical disc storage media format that is used for playback of movies with high video and sound quality and for storing data. ...


Diamond also made kits called the Maximum DVD 1500 and 2500. (Hardware specifications unknown.) The drivers and player software for these are not compatable with the DVD 1000 and 2000. They are a slightly newer product with the 'Navigator' player software having a cleaner user interface.


None of these DVD kits are DirectX compatible and as the drivers are the VXD type they will only work with Windows 95 through 98SE. Dual-layer DVDs are not supported in original Windows 95 or 95a, but are in the various versions of 95 OEM Service Release 2. Windows 98 or 98SE is not recommended due to problems that may happen with video color and alignment. Only the bundled player software can use the hardware MPEG2 decoding of the card. DirectX is a collection of APIs for easily handling tasks related to game programming on the Microsoft Windows operating system. ... In Microsoft computing, a VxD is a virtual device driver. ... Windows 95 (codename Chicago) is a hybrid 16-bit/32-bit graphical user interface-based operating system released on August 24, 1995 by the Microsoft Corporation. ... Windows 98 (codename Memphis) is a graphical operating system released on June 25, 1998 by Microsoft. ... DVD-R writing/reading side DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...


References

October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... February 19 is the 50th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... December 23 is the 357th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (358th in leap years). ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (134th in leap years). ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Company Website
  • MP3 Player History Pt2
  • More Diamond Sound Card Images at HardwareHistory Museum
  • More Diamond Video Card Images at HardwareHistory Museum

  Results from FactBites:
 
Diamond Multimedia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (2063 words)
Diamond Multimedia was merged (after a long-time companionship) with S3 Graphics in 1999.
Diamond Multimedia resurfaced in 2003 after the brand and assets had been purchased by Best Data.
The Diamond Stealth II S220, using the Rendition Verite V2100 2D/3D accelerator, was popular with enthusiasts for its excellent price/performance for both 2D and 3D gaming.
MSN Encarta - Multimedia - Diamond in the Rough (76 words)
This photograph portrays a diamond in the rough, or more specifically, in its stone matrix.
Diamonds are found in kimberlite pipes, alluvial gravel, and glacial drifts.
The weight of a diamond is given in terms of carats, and one carat equals 200 milligrams.
  More results at FactBites »

 
 

COMMENTARY     


Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:

 


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m