Yesterday at the Meltdown '97 exhibition in Fremont, California Cirrus Logic demonstrated what is likely to be the next generation of desktop PC video technology running on a pre-release version of Microsoft's 'Memphis' Windows 9x operating system. Microsoft expects to release the OS by the end of the 1996 as a successor to Windows 95.
The Cirrus device was its Laguna3D-AGP accelerator and used an in-development Intel chipset for purposes of the demonstration. The combination of Pentium II with AGP is expected to provide a platform for workstation-quality graphics. Pentium II, formerly known by the 'Klamath' code name, is expected to be released in May. Cirrus said it expects to make the AGP-capable chips available in the second quarter.