Press release

12 March 2001

STMicroelectronics and Hercules Announce Commercial Partnership and Technical Cooperation for Leading-Edge PC Graphics Solutions

Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on google

Crolles, France, and Pheonix, Arizona, March 12, 2001 – STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM) and Hercules (Euronext Paris, Guillemot – 6672) today announced that the two companies are working together to bring leading-edge PC graphics solutions to the market. The relationship brings together two companies with strong and complementary track records in the graphics market: Hercules has long been one of the most respected names in PC Graphics cards and ST is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of complex silicon chips for PC peripherals. Cementing the relationship, both companies announced innovative new products: ST’s KYRO II PC Graphics controller and Hercules’ 3D PROPHET 4500 PC Graphics card, the world’s first top-performance graphics board that is within every gamer’s reach.

KYRO II is ST’s second generation of PC Graphics controllers based on Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR™ architecture. This unique Tile Based Rendering technology eliminates much of the redundant processing overheads and memory bottlenecks produced by less efficient graphics algorithms. By its more intelligent use of computing and memory resources, KYRO II sets a new performance standard in the graphics processor industry.

3D PROPHET 4500 features the best of KYRO II technology, combining a very efficient design, 64MB of fast on-board RAM and the perfect drivers to offer the ultimate experience to the whole gaming community, in their current and future games. 3D PROPHET 4500 demonstrates clear performance leadership when compared on popular games and industry benchmarks with other products in its class.

The key in computer graphics is today to be able to cope with the increasing scene complexity and bandwidth and large texture volumes without sacrificing the perfect quality of high resolution images,””; said Claude Guillemot, President of Hercules Technologies. “”;ST, with its technical expertise, came out in an incredibly short time with a breakthrough architecture for the KYRO II graphic controller that will delight the most ambitious game developers. Which is why we have chosen ST’s KYRO II as the foundation of our new product family. This expertise leads the way to more future partnerships in new multimedia technologies.

We are delighted with Hercules’ decision to use the KYRO II in their critically acclaimed 3D PROPHET product line, said Tim Chambers, VP and General Manager of ST Graphics Product Division. “”;As the leading independent graphics board supplier in the US retail market, Hercules has the brand recognition and market presence to bring the very significant benefits of KYRO II to the broadest numbers of consumers.

Following the excellent results of the cooperation, the two companies plan to extend their technical accord to other Consumer PC applications, exploiting ST’s broad portfolio of consumer technologies and Hercules’ knowledge of consumer market requirements.

Media contacts

If you have any enquiries regarding any of our news or press release items, please contact:

United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1923 260 511
Tel: +44 (0)1923 260 511

Related blog articles

Product and event round-up from the experts in GPU and AI

It’s certainly been a busy few months for Imagination. Towards the latter end of last year, we released a raft of new products and initiatives, and a new CEO took the helm giving us real momentum for 2019. At the

How AI is conducting the future of music technology

“We tend to think of technological advances as destroying what’s gone before, but that doesn’t usually happen. This could lead to a different way of making music.” – Jarvis Cocker, former Pulp frontman, solo artist, writer and broadcaster In recent

Why you should join Imagination at Embedded World 2019

Our technology is focussed entirely on offering SoC manufacturers low power, high-performance options for building groundbreaking products in a range of markets, from automotive to smart devices such as smart speakers to the latest smartphones. Embedded World is one of

Stay up-to-date with Imagination

Sign up to receive the latest news and product updates from Imagination straight to your inbox.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.