The Wildcat VPUs are the industry's first graphics processors that are programmable from high-order surfaces through to anti-aliased framebuffer pixels -- with highly efficient SIMD scalar processor arrays replacing hardwired logic and inflexible register-combiners at critical sections in a highly optimized graphics pipeline
. This programmability enables acceleration of non-traditional algorithms such as wavelet-based decompression, ray-tracing engines and RenderMan-like photo-realistic renderers.
It covers languages, libraries, installation, and configuration; JOGL and the OpenGL graphics pipeline
; mathematical foundations; managing 3D graphics data; texture mapping; 3D models; lighting; shadows; sky and backgrounds; enhancing surface detail; parametric surfaces; tessellation; geometry shaders; and other techniques.
Vulkan also shares some other similarities with OpenGL, including graphics pipeline
stages, GLSL shaders (sort of) or nomenclature.
Altia offers full support for all four visible layers using either the 2D rendering graphics pipeline
or the Sprite engine of the RH850/D1x- providing WYSIWYG layer control multi display functionality using its innovative Layer Manager.
-Using hybrid approaches where parts of the algorithm are done on the graphics pipeline
Chapters discuss such topics as aspects of the visual system, subtypes such as low parallelism swept-volume systems, and the graphics pipeline
and interaction issues.