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Old 02 June 2018, 21:34   #1
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Does anyone know anything about the Rambrandt graphics card?

Back in the 90s my UK newsagent used to sell the occasional American computer mag. One of these was the Amiga World Video and Animation Special issue which featured an ad for a very interesting looking graphics card; Rambrandt from Progressive Peripherals.

you can see the ad here:

On the basis of the ad, this looked like a very impressive piece of kit for the time, with what looked like a graphics processor, a maths co-processor and a 3d API.

This really got my imagination going - however, I never heard a thing about it again!

Does anyone know anything about this graphics card? It has a page on the Amiga Hardware Database, but I can't find anything else about it.
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Old 03 June 2018, 08:08   #2
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When reading about PPS itself on Amiga Hardware Database, it says that a fire burned down their factory in mid 1992, and they never recovered from that http://amiga.resource.cx/company/company.pl#pps
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Ah, that's a shame. The mag is from early 1992, so I guess the fire happened just as they were in the process of releasing the card.
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I suspect arson.
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I suspect arson.
By Microsoft?
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By Microsoft?
Bill Gates doused the factory in petrol?
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It was confirmed that M$ did it!
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Says "Pyromania" .... nomen est omen.
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Some trivia about the graphics processor from Texas Instruments seen on the Rembrant card..
The TMS 34020 (and the 34010 before it) was actually a very early "APU" or combined CPU/GPU and was frquently used in arcade 3d games.
Aparently TI was even trying to convince Nintendo & SEGA to create a 3d capable console based on this chip. (Or maybe it was games for a console someone else would have built, this part is unclear to me.) Anyway it would have been interesting..
The 34010 was released in 1986 and the 34020 in 1988 so I guess Commodore could have chosen it somewhere along the road instead of developing AAA.
Would also have been interesting... ;-)
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Commodore were well aware of the TMS34010. http://amiga.resource.cx/exp/a2410
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