Microsoft has abandoned its Talisman graphics hardware project in the face of rival developments from Intel.
The software giant will drop its programme to develop a reference design for a 3D graphics coprocessor and will license the technology to different chip manufacturers on an individual basis instead. The decision follows the creation of the accelerated graphics port (AGP), pioneered by Intel, and the MMX extensions to Intel's Pentium II technology.
But the news may leave some Microsoft partners in the lurch. Silicon Engineering, the original designer company which sold Talisman to Microsoft, had worked with chip designers including Trident and relied on other efforts from companies including Fujitsu, Samsung and Philips.
Trident and boardmaker S3 are now expected to sign separate agreements with Microsoft to license the technology.
According to insiders, Microsoft's intention to move into Intel's traditional arena caused some friction between the two. As a result, at the launch of the MMX extensions in February, Microsoft announced that it would not release software based on the technology until Christmas this year.
Talisman can be found at www.set.com.
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