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Amiga ReTargetable Graphics

Retargetable Graphics represent an ideal for the Amiga. One that it can never reach without major work on the operating system, which would 'break' most software available. At present there are two competing standards for Amiga graphics cards- Picasso 96 and CyberGraphX. These were originally tied to specific boards but have since been adopted as the standard method of writing RTG software on the Amiga. However, they are not perfect and have to use a number of methods to work around bugs in the operating system. With the advent of PowerPC the Amiga gained access to the 3D capabilities of the Permedia 2 chipset, leading to the development of Warp3D to take advantage of the hardware. This will soon be followed by a port of Glide to the Amiga, which will hopefully allow 3D software on other platforms to be ported to the Amiga much faster.

The release of the BoXeR motherboard and the G3/4 PowerPC cards will change the playing fields once again, allowing the use of cheap PCI and AGP graphics cards if there is a suitable driver available.

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