Geminus graphics acceleration launchedBy Chris Williams. Published: 9th Dec 2005, 12:49:38 | Permalink | Printable
A9home version prototypedThe Iyonix desktop graphics acceleration package Geminus has been officially launched after last month's initial beta release. ArtWorks, Oregano 2, MessengerPro, PDF and similar applications will benefit from Geminus's ability to speed up graphics that are repeatedly drawn on the screen.
It is understood there are early plans to make the acceleration available for the RiscPC and A9home platforms. Blueprints also include future support for digital DVI output and alleviating the need for physical modifications to be made to Iyonix video cards for them to work on RISC OS.
Developed by Aemulor author Adrian Lees, the latest Geminus enhancement uses the fast hardware in the Nvidia GeForce graphics card to cache frequently used areas of the desktop to redraw them rapidly without the intervention of the application software. The graphics module used by the RISC OS Firefox port and NetSurf is intercepted by Geminus, accelerating the display speed of the web browsers. There are numerous other improvements, including faster line drawing and rectangle selections as seen in Paint.
Meanwhile, Castle are close to solving their recent troubles with Nvidia cards. The latest RISC OS 5.10 preview release also includes a bug fixed PCI module.
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