Genoa Systems

Genoa Systems was founded in 1984, in San Jose, CA. Their graphics cards were popular up to the VESA Super VGA era, but lost traction as the market moved into 3D.

In anticipation of a fast-growing mass-market for Internet services, starting in 1998, the company sought to transform itself from a hardware manufacturer into a provider of consumer software services. However, the hoped-for success did not materialize and the company went bankrupt.

Their "Super EGA" cards were very popular due to the fact they could display higher resolutions that the 640 x 350 standard, and their cards had more than the requisite 64 KB of memory. A lot of OEMs adopted Genoa cards for their PC compatibles. Genoa was one of the eight founding members of the VESA (Video Electronics Standards Association), responsible for standardising the Super VGA resolution. It was also the first to introduce "Flicker Free" technology at 72 hz refresh rate.

They also made an audio card called "AudioBlitz", and a later one called "AudioBahn", in 1993.

 

Video Cards

Spectrum CGA (Model 3300)

Launched: ?
Bus: ISA 8-bit.
Supports CGA.
Price: ?

As was typical on these early graphics adapters, this card also comes with a parallel (printer) port.

 

Super Spectrum CGA (Model 4640)

Launched: ?
Bus: ISA 8-bit.
Supports CGA.
Price: ?

 

Super Spectrum EGA (Model 4650)

Launched: ?
Bus: ISA 8-bit.
Supports CGA.
Price: ?

 

 

Spectra EGA (Model 4800 / 4850-5)

Launched: 1985
Bus: ISA 8-bit.
Supports CGA.
Price: ?

 

SuperEGA HiRes+ (Model 4850A)

Launched: 1987
Chipset: Genoa GN006001A and GN006002A
Memory: 256 KB DRAM.
Bus: ISA 8-bit.
Supports MDA, Hercules, CGA, and EGA.
Price: ?

This card was the first ever "Super EGA" graphics chipset/card on the market. It could support resolutions up to 800 x 600. It has a 9-pin D-SUB and two phono (RCA) jacks. There are also a set of 6 DIP switches for configuration. This card was also sold by Prisma as the PEGA 724850. The core clock runs at 26.8 MHz.

 

SuperEGA HiRes+ (Model 4880-9)

Launched: 1987
Chipset: Genoa GN006001A and GN006002A
Memory: 256 KB DRAM.
Bus: ISA 8-bit.
Supports MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA and VGA.
Price: ?

This card has a 9-pin D-SUB for connection to a digital monitor, and composite video output via two phono (RCA) jacks for connection to a television. It can display up to 800 x 600 x 16 on a Multisync monitor, and in text mode up to 132 columns and 60 rows. The upper phono jack produces composite video output. J3 on the board is a light pen connector, and the large block on the top is an EGA feature connector. The jumpers can be configured as follows:

  Description
JMP2 1-2 and 4-5 = 128 KB memory, 2-3 and 5-6 = 256 KB memory
JMP4 Open = NMI Enabled, Closed = NMI Disabled
JMP5 1-2 = Multifrequency or EGA display, 2-3 = IBM 5153 color display

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Super VGA (Model 5100)

Launched: ?
Bus: ISA 8-bit.
Supports MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA, MCGA and Super VGA.
Memory: 256 KB.
Part #: 5200-10
Price: ?

The highest resolution of the Super VGA card is 1056 x 480.

Because this card fully supports not only VGA but also its predecessors, the card has both a 15-pin DSUB (for VGA and MCGA analogue output) as well as a 9-pin DSUB (for the digital signal output of MDA, Hercules, CGA and EGA).

 

Super VGA HiRes (Model 5200-10)

Launched: ?
Bus: ISA 16-bit.
Supports MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA, MCGA and Super VGA.
Memory: 512 KB.
Part #: 5200-10
Price: ?

This card supports resolutions of 1024 x 768 and 800 x 600 in 16 colours, or 640 x 480 and 512 x 512 in 256 colours. It supports both analog and TTL monitors. For text modes, it also supports 80 columns x 66 rows for word processing, or up to 132 columns x 66 rows for spreadsheets and databases.

 

SuperVGA (Model 5300/5400 IN)

Launched: ?
Bus: ISA 16-bit.
Supports MDA, Hercules, CGA, EGA, VGA, MCGA and Super VGA.
Memory: 512 KB
Part #: 5300-10
Price: ?

 

Multimedia VGA (Model 7900)

Launched: ?
Bus: ISA 16-bit.
Memory: 1 MB
Price: ?

This card used the Tseng Labs ET4000AX chipset with 1 MB RAM.

Windows VGA 24 (Model 8500)

Launched: 1991.
Bus: 16-bit ISA
Memory: ?
Price: ?
FCC ID: FB88500

This was the first graphics accelerator card designed specifically for Windows and AutoCAD. It used the Cirrus Logic CL-GD5426 chipset.

 

Windows VGA 64

Launched: 1992?
Bus: ?
Memory: ?
Price: ?

 

TurboBahn

Launched: 1993.
Bus: VLB
Memory: ?
Price: ?

The TurboBahn was the first 24-bit true colour local bus graphics and motherboard solution combination.

 

Phantom 32

Launched: 1995?
Chipset: ?
Bus: ?
Supports: ?
Memory: ?
Price: ?

 

Phantom 64 V2001 Model 8765

Launched: 1996.
Chipset: S3 Trio64V+
Bus: PCI v2.1
Supports: MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA, and VESA.
Memory: 1 MB EDO DRAM (upgradable to 2 MB)
Price: ?

A 64-bit graphics and video accelerator card. It has an integrated 24-bit RAMDAC that runs at 135 MHz. The card offloads the following functions from the CPU: BITBLT, Rectangular Clipping, Line Draw, Color Expansion, Rectangle Fill, Pattern Fill, Raster Operations. 100% register/BIOS compatible with IBM VGA, VESA, EGA, CGA MDA, and supports VGA, Super VGA and multi-frequency monitors.

The 1 MB version of this card supports resolutions up to 1024 x 768 in 256 colours from 43(i) up to 90 hz refresh rate, 800 x 600 in 65,000 colours at 56-90 hz, and 640 x 480 in 16.8 million colours at 60-105 hz.

With the 2MB card, 1280 x 1024 resolution is added in 256 colours at 43(i)-90 hz refresh rate, 1024 x 768 in 65,000 colours and 800 x 600 in 16.8 million colours.

Phantom 64 2M VLB Model 8864VL

Launched: 1996 ?
Chipset: S3 Vision864 with Phoenix BIOS
Bus: VESA Local Bus
Supports: MDA, CGA, EGA, VGA, and VESA.
Memory: 2 MB
Price: ?
FCC ID: FB88864VL

 

Phantom 3D

Launched: 1996.
Bus: PCI v2.1
Chipset: S3 ViRGE
Memory: ?
Price: ?

The Phatom 3D comes with an integrated RAMDAC which runs at 135 MHz. It has these features: Graphics hardware cursor 64x64x2 or 32x32x2, High performance 2D Windows acceleration, Flat and Gouraud shading for 3D, High quality/performance 3D texture mapping, Perspective correction, Bi-Linear & tri-linear texture filtering, MIP-Mapping, Depth cueing, fogging, and alpha blending, Video Texture mapping, Z-buffering and MUX-buffering, Vertical interpolation for video playback

A Phantom 3D/DX model was also released for $135 MSRP. It was almost identical to the Phantom 3D, but used the S3 ViRGE/DX chipset, and had its RAMDAC running at 170 MHz.

 

Stratos 3D

Launched: ?

 

V-Raptor 3D

Launched: 1996.
Bus: PCI v2.1
Chipset: Rendition Verite V2200
Memory: ?
Price: ?

The V-Raptor 3D was Genoa's last 3D graphics accelerator card. It had an integrated RAMDAC which ran at 230 MHz, and came with either 4, or 8 MB of SGRAM. The 4MB model ran memory at 80 MHz, whilst the 8 MB model ran memory at 100 MHz.

The card supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1600 (8MB model only), and flicker-free refresh rates up to 120 hz. Of the 3D features, it had: Z-Buffering for Texture Mapping, Flat and Gouraud Shading, Perspective Correction, MIP Mapping, Bilinear and Trilinear Texture Filtering, Anti-aliasing, Comprehensive texture mapping support, including video textures, Support for texture animation, morphing and other special effects, Complete set of blending functions (alpha blending, fog, chroma-keying), Complete on-chip triangle set-up, Asynchronous rendering with separate setup, triangle and pixel engines, True per-pixel perspective correction, and Sub-pixel / sub-texel positioning accuracy.

The 4 MB model supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1024 in 256 colours, 1280 x 1024 in 65,000 colours, or 1024 x 768 in 16.8 million colours. The 8 MB models supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1600 in 65,000 colours, or 1280 x 1024 in 16.8 million colours.

Video Blitz 9200VL

Launched: 199?
Bus: VESA Local Bus

Drivers

Windows 95 (Untested)

 

Motherboards

TurboExpress 486 VL (1993)

This 486 board uses the SiS 85C461 and 85C407 chipset, AMI BIOS.

Sound Cards

AudioGraphix 8600 VLA

Introduced: 1993

Drivers

Windows 3.1 version 1.1
*NOTE* Drivers for Windows 95 are not available for this card.

 

Audio Blitz Classic (Model A3100)

Introduced:
Chipset:
Bus: 8-bit ISA
Jacks: Line In, Line Out, Mic, Speaker, Volume Control

The Audio Blitz is an Ad Lib and Sound Blaster-compatible sound card. It can be configured via jumpers to run on port 220h or 240h, IRQs 2, 3, 5 or 7, and DMA channels 1 or 3.

Drivers

Windows 3.1 version 1.0
*NOTE* Drivers for Windows 95 are not available for this card.

Audio Blitz 3D

Introduced:
Chipset:
Bus: 16-bit ISA
Wavetable Header: Yes
Jacks: Line In, Line Out, Mic, Speaker

Drivers

Windows 3.1 version 2.0
Windows 3.1 and OS/2 Disks
Windows 95 version 2.0

 

Audio Blitz Stereo 16+ (Model A3300)

Launched: 1994
Bus: 16-bit ISA
Chipset: OPTi MAD16 and Crystal CS4231-KL
Memory: ?
CD-ROM Interfaces: Mitsumi, Panasonic, Sony
Price: ?
Known Board Revisions: D

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1 version 1.2
*NOTE* Drivers for Windows 95 are not available for this card.

 

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Audio Blitz ? (Model A3320)

Launched: ?

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1
*NOTE* Drivers for Windows 95 are not available for this card.

 

Audio Blitz ? (Model A3400)

Launched: ?

Drivers

DOS / Windows 3.1
*NOTE* Drivers for Windows 95 are not available for this card.