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S3 Graphics 5400E

Cost-effective solution for feature-rich graphics processing with high levels of video decoding and 3D rendering performance

S3 Graphics Chrome 400 Series logoThe S3 Graphics 5400E is built on an advance low-power 65nm process for supply longevity in a small form-factor (23mm x 23mm) BGA package. The GPU provides support for x1/x4/x8/x16 lanes of Gen2 (5.0Gbps) PCI Express®. A programmable unified-shader-architecture core and fixed-function rendering units provide optimized hardware acceleration for Microsoft® DirectX™ 10.1, Shader Model 4.1, and OpenGL® 3.1. Integrated serial differential transmitters provide native display support for 2X Dual-Channel LVDS, DisplayPort, 2X Dual-Link DVI and HDMI with HDCP, allowing the 5400E to take full advantage of its optimized ChromotionHD™ 2.1 Programmable Video Engine.

The 5400E GPU provides a cost-effective solution for feature-rich graphics processing with high levels of video decoding and 3D rendering performance. It offers an excellent blend of graphics functionality, performance, power, longevity and stability for reliable, high quality embedded graphics solutions.

Long-term supply guarantee Reference design kit available
DX10.1, Shader Model 4.1, OpenGL 3.1 Programmable Unified Shader Architecture
AcceleRAM™ Graphics Memory Support Advanced Power Management
512MB GDDR3 / gDDR2 Duo-Rotate™
ChromotionHD™ 2.1 Video Engine for Blu-ray™ Disc Playback H.264, MPEG-4/2, and VC-1, Hardware Acceleration
AES 128 DisplayPort, LVDS, 2X Dual-Link DVI and HDMI™ with HDCP™


S3 Graphics 5400E Product Highlights

Programmable DirectX 10.1 Graphics Core
The 5400E architecture includes dynamically allocated execution units for its Unified Shader 4.1 Geometry, Vertex and Pixel Shaders. DirectX 10.1 compatible Geometry-shaders allow more complex manipulation of primitives, shadows, and material effects for greater High Dynamic Range Rendering (HDR). The programmable shaders of the 5400E provide a rich user experience for Direct3D, OpenGL, and video rendering.

Vista Premium Ready
The 5400E processor is designed for Vista Premium implementations and includes support for WDDM1.0, WEI graphics that meets Vista Premium Logo requirement and AES encryption and decryption.

Windows 7 Ready
The 5400E processor is designed for Windows 7 implementations and includes support for WDDM1.1, WEI graphics and gaming acceleration, AES encryption and decryption and ClearType support.

Flexible Memory Architecture
5400E supports DDR2 memory at frequencies up to 500MHz (1.0Gbps data rate) with a maximum size of 512MB. In addition, it also supports:
256/512MB GDDR3 memory up to 850 MHz (1.7Gbps data rate)
512MB gDDR3 memory up to 800MHz (1.6Gbps data rate)
gDDR3 devices operate at 1.50V, which results in reduced power consumption when compared with GDDR3 and DDR2 devices which operate at 1.80V.

Advanced Power Management
Advanced power management technologies include dynamic voltage and frequency scaling and integrated temperature sensor technology. Individual execution units can also be turned-off when idle which allows additional power savings.

Advanced Display and Audio Integration
The 5400E GPU incorporates an integrated DisplayPort transmitter, two dual-link DVI transmitters, with integrated HDMI (including support for 7.1 HD audio) and HDCP, an integrated dual-channel LVDS transmitter, and legacy support for an analog CRT display.

ChromotionHD 2.1 Programmable Video Engine
The advanced high quality ChromotionHD 2.1 programmable video engine of the 5400E is fully compatible with Microsoft DirectX-VA 2.0 media acceleration. The engine has been optimized to provide enhanced Protected Video Playback (PVP) of a wide range of video codecs, including Windows Media VideoTM 9 HD (WMV9-HD), MPEG-2 HD, VC-1, and H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC). High definition optimized playback from Blu-ray disc is possible with lower CPU utilization. PVP support for HD Premium content includes PVP-UAB (User-Accessible Bus) and display output protection.

S3 Graphics 5400E Technical Specifications

H.264 Hardware Acceleration

H.264/AVC - MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) hardware acceleration including:
    VLD entropy decoding: Context adaptive binary arithmetic coding (CABAC) and Context adaptive variable length coding (CAVLC)
    Inverse Transform
    In-Loop De-Blocking
    Variable Block size Motion Compensation with quarter pixel precision and weighted prediction
High profile level 4.1 for HD Premium video content

VC-1 Hardware Acceleration

VC-1 hardware acceleration based on SMPTE 421M and its derivative standards:
    Inverse Transform
    Motion compensation
    In-Loop and out-of-loop deblocking
    Intensity compensation
    Overlap transform
    Dynamic range reduction
Advanced Profile at Level 3 for HD Premium video content

MPEG-2 Hardware Acceleration

Bitstream parser and slice level decoder
Inverse quantization
8x8 Inverse Discrete transform conforming to IEEE Standard
Motion compensation

MPEG-4 Hardware Acceleration

Advanced Simple Profile
8-Tap filter for ¼ pixel Motion Compensation
B picture
Interlace video
Global Motion Compensation

ChromotionHD 2.1 Programmable Video Engine

H.264, MPEG-2 HD, WMV9-HD, and VC-1 acceleration
Support for Protected Video Playback
DirectX-VA 2.0 compatible
Per pixel motion adaptive de-interlacing, noise removal, cadence detection and correction
Gamma correction and white/black point enhancement
4x4 programmable kernel filter video scaling
Microsoft Video Mixing Renderer (VMR 7, 9) support
ArtisticLicenseTM real-time video effects: De-Blocking, Sharpening, Embossing, Neon-Edges, & Softening

Power Management Features

S3PowerWise Architecture power savings technology
Dynamic voltage and frequency scaling
Integrated temperature sensor

DX10.1 Unified Shader Architecture – Shader Model 4.1

Full 128bit precision (32bit floating-point per component) in hardware throughout the pipeline
Fully programmable unified Vertex, Geometry, and Pixel Shaders with dynamic load balancing
Dual execution mode Geometry Shaders (vertical/horizontal)
Soft Shadow, volumetric texture, & Single pass cube mapping
Optimized MSAA 4x
Fast Clear technology – ultra fast zero cycle clear
Optimized Shadow map and Shadow Volume acceleration with two-sided stencil
Advanced texture formats, including RGBE9:9:9:5, depth & stencil. Texture rendering up to 8k x 8k
Extensive texture filtering, including 128-bit FP texture filtering for HDR, full tri-linear filtering for up to 16x high quality advanced anisotropic filtering (AF); bicubic and sRGB filtering
Lossless Z-compression & Optimized Z-buffer write and read
Optimized advanced shading dependency read pipelines
Programmable depth shader

PCI Express 2.0 Compliant

Leverages PCIe 2.0 upstream and downstream bandwidth of 8 GBytes/second
Dynamic lane (x16/x8/x4/x1) switching support for flexible link configuration and power management

DDR2/GDDR3/gDDR3 Memory Interface

64-bit memory interface support
128 / 256 / 512MB local video memory w/ GDDR3 at a peak memory bandwidth of up to 13.8 GB/s @ 850MHz (1.7Gbps)
256 / 512MB local video memory w/ DDR2 at a peak memory bandwidth of up to 8.0 GB/s @ 500MHz (1.0Gbps)
512MB local video memory w/ system DDR3 at a peak memory bandwidth of up to 10.6 GB/s @ 667MHz (1.33Gbps) and up to 12.8 GB/s @ 800MHz (1.6Gbps)

AcceleRAM Technology

Up to 512MB shared system main memory augments local frame buffer video memory

Integrated DisplayPort and HDMI

Integrated HDMI / HDCP support with CEA-861B
    On-chip HDCP key storage
    Integrated HD Audio controller and codec
Integrated 4-lane DisplayPort1.1a  transmitter
Non-linear scaling: 16:9 HD viewing of 4:3 video images
ChromoVision™ full screen video on secondary HD display
ChromoColor™ - Hue, Saturation, Brightness, & Contrast adjustments for Video

Advanced Display Features*

Integrated 2X Single/Dual-link DVI up to 2560x1600
Integrated 10-bit CRT output up to 2048x1536 @75Hz
Integrated 2X dual channel LVDS supports up to 1920x1200
Independent support for both LVDS and DVI (18-bit and 24-bit panels)
Independent two panel upscaling with 2-tap cubic interpolation
Independent Hot-plug detection for both DVI displays


Displays can be independently rotated (90°, 180°, 270°)
Rotation acceleration for 3D, 2D, & media playback

Operating System Support

Windows XP
Windows Vista
Windows 7
Linux (x86)

Popular Linux Distributions Support

Debian Linux 5.03 (2.6.x)
Fedora Core 9/10 (2.6.x)
Mandriva Linux 2009 (2.6.x)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS release 5 (2.6.x)
SuSE Linux 11, kernel 2.6.x
Ubuntu 8.04/8.10/9.04 (2.6.x)

* Not all display interfaces can be used at the same time. The highest display resolution per display output depends on memory and interface bandwidth.


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