Web site: www.ULTRACADE.com
While you may be familiar with Quantum3D, chances are it makes you think of high-end, 3dfx powered graphics hardware and simulators. Their Quicksilver and Graphite systems for coin-op manufacturers like Midway Games and Sega and Heavy Metal MercuryTM and AAlchemyTM systems for vis-sim integrators like Boeing and Lockheed have kept the company at the forefront of real-time 3D graphics on the PC. They even had a stint in the consumer market with their Obsidian2 200SB-8440 single-board dual-Voodoo2 SLI product, which resided in our Buyer's Guide for several months.
What you may not know is that the relationship between 3dfx and Quantum3D goes deeper than just making boards. Quantum3D started as a spin-off from 3dfx, with the intention of designing advanced hardware using 3dfx chips for use in simulation and arcade systems.
If you would like to read more about the Quantum3D/3dfx relationship, we will go a bit more into it towards the end of the article.
While Quantum3D has previously been focused on building products for other coin-op manufacturers (e.g., Midway Games, Incredible Technologies, Konami, Sega, etc.) they have recently introduced a new, turn-key product for coin-op that caught our eye. Called ULTRACADE, it lets you play multiple licensed hit arcade video games in a single, upright cabinet, with future possible support for up to 2000 titles. And when we say hits, we mean it, with titles including 1942, Ghosts' and Goblins, Gunsmoke, QIX, Bubble Bobble, Elevator Action, Ghouls & Ghosts, Street Fighter II Championship Edition and more. Quantum3D currently has licenses from Capcom and Taito. Licenses from three more companies are in the works and more will come in the future.