The lucky lads at Hexus have obtained whats believed to be the first pictures of a DirectX 10 capable graphics card (still under development of course, but should be ready in time for Vista!). You'd put money on it being a piece of work from NVIDIA or ATI, right? Wrong! - S3 Graphics.
Rumour has swirled for a while now about S3 Graphics not creating any D3D9 Shader Model 3.0 part, instead going straight to building a D3D10 Shader Model 4.0 GPU, given the proximity of their dev schedule to the release of Microsoft Windows Vista.
We certainly believe that to be true, now, and we have what we believe are the first spy shots of that SM4.0 chip on a PC PCB, in somewhat working form. Clearly a bring-up or engineering example board, VT6344C -- showing the VIA Technologies parentage -- sports both HDMI and DVI on the backplane, and a modest cooler.