S3 Graphics Launches Chrome 5400E with OpenCL Support

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S3 Graphics has announced the launch of its Chrome 5400E embedded graphics processor.  We usually feature graphics articles specifically mentioning NVIDIA and/or ATi at insideHPC.  However, the Chrome 5400E card from S3 features a native OpenCL 1.0 engine.  OpenCL is an open, cross-platform standard for using the power of GPUs and other accelerator-class devices to perform parallel computations traditional done on host cores.  Driver support for the S3 silicon will include Windows 7 Aero, Vista Aero, XP and CE. Linux support will fall under kernels 2.6.xx or greater with support for RedHat, SuSE, Ubuntu, Fedora Core, Debian and other common Linux distros.


  • Programmable DirectX 10.1 Graphics Core
    The 5400E architecture includes dynamically allocated execution units for its Unified Shader 4.1 Geometry, Vertex and Pixel Shaders. DirectX 10.1 compatible Geometry-shaders allow more complex manipulation of primitives, shadows, and material effects for greater High Dynamic Range Rendering (HDR). The programmable shaders of the 5400E provide a rich user experience for Direct3D, OpenGL, OpenCL, and video rendering.>
  • Vista Premium Ready
    The 5400E processor is designed for Vista Premium implementations and includes support for WDDM1.0, WEI graphics that meets Vista Premium Logo requirement and AES encryption and decryption.
  • Windows 7 Ready
    The 5400E processor is designed for Windows 7 implementations and includes support for WDDM1.1, WEI graphics and gaming acceleration, AES encryption and decryption and ClearType support.
  • Flexible Memory Architecture
    5400E supports DDR2 memory at frequencies up to 500MHz (1.0Gbps data rate) with a maximum size of 512MB. In addition, it also supports: (a) 256/512MB GDDR3 memory up to 850 MHz (1.7Gbps data rate) and (b) 512MB gDDR3 memory up to 800MHz (1.6Gbps data rate). gDDR3 devices operate at 1.50V, which results in reduced power consumption when compared with GDDR3 and DDR2 devices which operate at 1.80V.
  • Advanced Power Management
    Advanced power management technologies include dynamic voltage and frequency scaling and integrated temperature sensor technology. Individual execution units can also be turned-off when idle which allows additional power savings.
  • Advanced Display and Audio Integration
    The 5400E GPU incorporates an integrated DisplayPort transmitter, two dual-link DVI transmitters, with integrated HDMI (including support for 7.1 HD audio) and HDCP, an integrated dual-channel LVDS transmitter, and legacy support for an analog CRT display.
  • ChromotionHD 2.1 Programmable Video Engine
    The advanced high quality ChromotionHD 2.1 programmable video engine of the 5400E is fully compatible with Microsoft DirectX-VA 2.0 media acceleration. The engine has been optimized to provide enhanced Protected Video Playback (PVP) of a wide range of video codecs, including Windows Media VideoTM 9 HD (WMV9-HD), MPEG-2 HD, VC-1, and H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC). High definition optimized playback from Blu-ray disc is possible with lower CPU utilization. PVP support for HD Premium content includes PVP-UAB (User-Accessible Bus) and display output protection.

For more info on the new digs from S3, read their full release here.