"3dfx this week unveiled the latest new technology to be added
to its upcoming Voodoo 3D graphics chip, codenamed Napalm. In a
move set to tackle rival graphics specialist S3 head on, 3dfx
announced its own texture compression technology, FXT1.
"And in a bid to grab mindshare from S3's S3TC, the company said
it will release the spec. and code the powers FXT1 under an open
"FXT1 can squeeze textures down by a ratio as high as 8:1,
3dfx claimed. The scheme uses multiple compression algorithms,
mixing and matching the best techniques not only for given textures
but for given elements within the overall texture."
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