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A graphics system that is configured to utilize a sample buffer and a plurality of parallel sample-to-pixel calculation units, wherein the sample-pixel calculation units are configured to access different portions of the sample buffer in parallel. The graphics system may include a graphics processor, a sample buffer, and a plurality of sample-to-pixel calculation units. The graphics processor is configured to receive a set of three-dimensional graphics data and render a plurality of samples based on the graphics data. The sample buffer is configured to store the plurality of samples for the sample-to-pixel calculation units, which are configured to receive and filter samples from the sample buffer to create output pixels. Each of the sample-to-pixel calculation units are configured to generate pixels corresponding to a different region of the image. The region may be a vertical or horizontal stripe of the image, or a rectangular portion of the image. Each region may overlap the other regions of the image to prevent visual aberrations.

Title
Graphics system configured to perform parallel sample to pixel calculation
Application Number
9/472940
Publication Number
6496187 (B1)
Application Date
December 27, 1999
Publication Date
December 17, 2002
Inventor
Scott R Nelson
Pleasanton
CA, US
Nathaniel David Naegle
Pleasanton
CA, US
Michael F Deering
Los Altos
CA, US
Agent
Jeffrey C Hood
US
Assignee
Sun Microsystems
CA, US
IPC
G06T 15/00
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