After spending four years under Creative's wing, 3Dlabs has decided to go its own way and Creative has approved it. The new founded company called 3Dlabs Semiconductor has already announced their first product, the DMS-02, which will be based on multi-core architecture aimed at mobile phones, portable GPS navigators, and high-end portable devices.
The company says it is the first handheld digital media silicon capable of HD 720p (progressive) H.264 video playback. The processing elements can perform video, image, audio, 2D/3D graphics and signal processing tasks and provide the flexibility to adapt to emerging standards and applications, including software GPS, software defined radio, digital media broadcast and physics processing for game engines.
The processor is OS independent, supposedly working with Windows CE and Nucleus, although it currently runs on Linux. No further information about price or release date have been revealed.