SGI Dominates Desktop Visualization With New High-End Graphics and Features For Silicon Graphics Octane2

Octane2 Delivers Twice the Performance of Competing Systems; Company Also

Announces New Octane2 Dual Channel Display Option



Jan 16, 2001, 00:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) has
 solidified its position as the leader in desktop visualization with today's
 announcement of the world's most advanced desktop graphics for the
 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation. The two new additions to
 the SGI (TM) VPro (TM) graphics family-V10 and V12-offer the fastest, most
 advanced features available in a desktop system, with up to two times the
 geometry performance of competing systems. The Octane2 visual workstation,
 based on the SGI IRIX(R) operating system, is a feature-rich workstation that
 delivers superior performance for creative and technical professionals in the
 MCAD, digital media, visual simulation, medical imaging and geosciences
 markets. The new Octane2 visual workstation is available immediately through
 SGI and authorized resellers starting at $17,495 (U.S. list).
     In addition to the new graphics options for Octane2, SGI also announced
 the availability of a new Dual Channel Display option ideal for applications
 that require more visual real estate, such as sciences and image processing.
 The Dual Channel Display option supports two monitors with a single VPro
 graphics board with resolutions up to 1920x1200 at 72 Hz on each screen and
 does not require an XIO(TM) expansion slot or additional software or drivers
 to function.
 
     New VPro Graphics Advantage
     With the new SGI V12 graphics, Octane2 workstations lead the industry in
 performance, drawing over 18 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered,
 Gouraud-shaded triangles per second and maintaining a highly advanced pixel
 fill rate of 448 megapixels per second. This geometry and fill-rate
 performance firmly establishes Octane2 V12 graphics above the published
 results of UNIX(R) desktop systems from other vendors.(1)
     In addition to superlative performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics offers
 the most advanced feature set available in desktop workstations today. The new
 V12 graphics deliver superior image clarity with support for 48-bit RGBA (red,
 green, blue, alpha) color, double-buffered with a 16-bit Z buffer for this
 feature. This rich, progressive feature set combined with industry-leading
 geometry and pixel fill rate performance makes Octane2 V12 the industry's most
 advanced visualization platform on the desktop.
     All the Octane2 VPro graphics solutions offer unprecedented feature sets
 that include many industry firsts, such as the recently introduced
 asynchronous texture download for advanced texture management. When
 implemented in an application, this unique capability streamlines texture
 downloads for optimum graphics performance when processing large textures.
 Other VPro graphics advanced features for Octane2 include:
 
     -- Hardware acceleration of all OpenGL(R) 1.2 core features and ARB
        (Architectural Review Board) imaging extensions
     -- Hardware-accelerated specular shading with normal interpolation for
        Phong effects without a performance penalty
     -- 12-bit per component RGBA
     -- Configurable graphics memory
 
     "With this announcement SGI executes on its commitment to continuous
 enhancements for our IRIX customers," said Greg Goelz, vice president of
 marketing for volume products at SGI. "With Octane2, creative and technical
 professionals can expect unsurpassed 3D texturing, visual precision and
 exceptional value."
 
     SGI VPro Graphics Family
     The new SGI V10 and V12 graphics are part of the existing SGI VPro family
 of high-performance graphics solutions. Behind the SGI VPro concept is the
 commitment to deliver the best graphics implementations, regardless of
 platform OS. SGI accomplishes this by adding its own layer of expertise in
 system design/development, system tuning, application knowledge and graphics
 optimization to maximize overall system and graphics performance. SGI VPro
 graphics solutions include:
 
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) 230 visual workstation with VR3 or V7 graphics,
        running Windows NT(R), Windows(R) 2000 or Linux(R) operating system
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) 330 visual workstation with VR3, V7 or VR7
        graphics, running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) 550 visual workstation with VR3 or VR7 graphics,
        running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux
     -- Silicon Graphics Zx10(TM) visual workstation with 3Dlabs Wildcat 4110
        or 4210 or Matrox G450 graphics, running Windows NT or Windows 2000
     -- Silicon Graphics Octane2 with V6 or V8 graphics, running IRIX
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) Octane(R) with SE or MXE graphics, running IRIX
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) O2(R) with unified memory architecture running
        IRIX.
 
     What Customers Are Saying
     "Identifying and analyzing new drilling sites is a meticulous and
 potentially time-consuming process," said Tron Isaksen, president of
 Austin GeoModeling, Inc. "Octane2 with VPro graphics, Dual Channel Display and
 8GB of RAM is optimized to manipulate large data sets and 3D volumetric images
 in real time, allowing geoscientists to make swift determinations about their
 drilling prospects. SGI products are the definite winners of price/performance
 measures and remain the hardware of choice for Austin GeoModeling."
     "We have incorporated the hardware-accelerated specular shading capability
 available on the Octane2 platform into our flagship SYBYL 6.7.1 product," said
 Trevor Heritage, senior vice president of discovery technologies at
 Tripos, Inc. "This feature provides our customers with enhanced visualization
 of molecular systems and aids in the interpretation of molecular surface
 properties."
     "The beauty of Octane2 with V12 graphics is that it gives top-notch
 functionality for our StudioTools suite," said Phil Brown, engineering
 director of Alias|Wavefront. "We can now increase the interactivity of CAID
 models and scenes because of the 128MB of configurable graphics memory, while
 simultaneously taking full advantage of the screen space we're working on. The
 new Dual Channel Display option allows us to view complex scenes in their
 entirety on one CRT and manipulate that activity from a palette residing on a
 second CRT, all from a single SGI VPro graphics card."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Available immediately, Octane2 with V12 graphics is priced at $28,495
 (U.S. list) and includes 128MB of graphics memory, a 400 MHz MIPS(R)
 R12000A(TM) CPU, 256MB of system memory, a 9GB Ultra SCSI system disk and
 21-inch monitor. Octane2 visual workstations start at $17,495 for a system
 with V6 graphics, a single 360 MHz MIPS R12000A processor, 256MB of memory, a
 9GB Ultra SCSI disk, 32MB of graphics memory and a 21-inch monitor. The new
 Dual Channel Display option is $3,000 U.S. list and is available immediately
 for Octane2 with V12 graphics systems. For additional information on specific
 Octane2 options and configurations, please see
 www.sgi.com/workstations/octane2/ .
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. SGI develops, sells and supports high-performance
 visual workstations based on IRIX, Linux and Windows NT operating systems
 using the most advanced SGI VPro graphics solutions for the creative and
 technical professionals in markets such as digital media, visual simulation,
 medical imaging and manufacturing.
     Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the
 company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, OpenGL, O2, Octane and IRIX are registered
 trademarks, and SGI, the SGI logo, Octane2, Silicon Graphics Zx10, XIO and
 VPro are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. MIPS is a registered trademark
 and R12000A is a trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc. used under license by
 Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and
 other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows and Windows NT are registered
 trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Sun is a trademark of
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. IBM is a registered trademark of IBM. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     (1)  For geometry performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics delivers a
 measured 18.1 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered, Gouraud-shaded triangles per
 second in display list mode and 15.2 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered,
 Gouraud-shaded triangles per second in immediate mode. For fill rate
 performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics delivers a measured 448 million pixels
 per second with trilinear mipmapping and depth buffering. This exceeds the
 published performance results of other UNIX desktop vendors such as
 Sun Microsystems desktop graphics products including Sun Expert3D graphics,
 the graphics for the IBM(R) RS/6000 workstation products and the HP
 visualize-fx pro graphics products. For geometry performance Sun reports
 6 million 5 pixel lit depth-buffered Gouraud-shaded triangles per second
 (transfer mode not specified). Octane2 V12 delivers more than twice that
 performance, delivering a measured 12.4 million 5 pixel lit depth-buffered
 Gouraud-shaded triangles per second in immediate mode. No geometry performance
 numbers have been reported for IBM GXT6000P, GXT4000P or HP fx10. For fill
 rate, Octane2 offers three times the performance of the nearest reported
 number from another UNIX vendor. According to the IBM Web site, the IBM
 GXT3000P has a peak-fill rate performance of 140 million textured pixels per
 second. Sun Microsystems' Web site documents the pixel-fill performance of its
 Expert3D graphics as 143 million textured pixels per second. No fill-rate
 performance numbers have been reported for IBM GXT6000P, GXT4000P or HP fx10.
 
     CONTACT:  Marla Robinson of SGI, 256-864-3426, or marlar@sgi.com, or
 PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR fax, 650-932-0737.
 
 

SOURCE SGI
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) has
 solidified its position as the leader in desktop visualization with today's
 announcement of the world's most advanced desktop graphics for the
 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation. The two new additions to
 the SGI (TM) VPro (TM) graphics family-V10 and V12-offer the fastest, most
 advanced features available in a desktop system, with up to two times the
 geometry performance of competing systems. The Octane2 visual workstation,
 based on the SGI IRIX(R) operating system, is a feature-rich workstation that
 delivers superior performance for creative and technical professionals in the
 MCAD, digital media, visual simulation, medical imaging and geosciences
 markets. The new Octane2 visual workstation is available immediately through
 SGI and authorized resellers starting at $17,495 (U.S. list).
     In addition to the new graphics options for Octane2, SGI also announced
 the availability of a new Dual Channel Display option ideal for applications
 that require more visual real estate, such as sciences and image processing.
 The Dual Channel Display option supports two monitors with a single VPro
 graphics board with resolutions up to 1920x1200 at 72 Hz on each screen and
 does not require an XIO(TM) expansion slot or additional software or drivers
 to function.
 
     New VPro Graphics Advantage
     With the new SGI V12 graphics, Octane2 workstations lead the industry in
 performance, drawing over 18 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered,
 Gouraud-shaded triangles per second and maintaining a highly advanced pixel
 fill rate of 448 megapixels per second. This geometry and fill-rate
 performance firmly establishes Octane2 V12 graphics above the published
 results of UNIX(R) desktop systems from other vendors.(1)
     In addition to superlative performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics offers
 the most advanced feature set available in desktop workstations today. The new
 V12 graphics deliver superior image clarity with support for 48-bit RGBA (red,
 green, blue, alpha) color, double-buffered with a 16-bit Z buffer for this
 feature. This rich, progressive feature set combined with industry-leading
 geometry and pixel fill rate performance makes Octane2 V12 the industry's most
 advanced visualization platform on the desktop.
     All the Octane2 VPro graphics solutions offer unprecedented feature sets
 that include many industry firsts, such as the recently introduced
 asynchronous texture download for advanced texture management. When
 implemented in an application, this unique capability streamlines texture
 downloads for optimum graphics performance when processing large textures.
 Other VPro graphics advanced features for Octane2 include:
 
     -- Hardware acceleration of all OpenGL(R) 1.2 core features and ARB
        (Architectural Review Board) imaging extensions
     -- Hardware-accelerated specular shading with normal interpolation for
        Phong effects without a performance penalty
     -- 12-bit per component RGBA
     -- Configurable graphics memory
 
     "With this announcement SGI executes on its commitment to continuous
 enhancements for our IRIX customers," said Greg Goelz, vice president of
 marketing for volume products at SGI. "With Octane2, creative and technical
 professionals can expect unsurpassed 3D texturing, visual precision and
 exceptional value."
 
     SGI VPro Graphics Family
     The new SGI V10 and V12 graphics are part of the existing SGI VPro family
 of high-performance graphics solutions. Behind the SGI VPro concept is the
 commitment to deliver the best graphics implementations, regardless of
 platform OS. SGI accomplishes this by adding its own layer of expertise in
 system design/development, system tuning, application knowledge and graphics
 optimization to maximize overall system and graphics performance. SGI VPro
 graphics solutions include:
 
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) 230 visual workstation with VR3 or V7 graphics,
        running Windows NT(R), Windows(R) 2000 or Linux(R) operating system
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) 330 visual workstation with VR3, V7 or VR7
        graphics, running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) 550 visual workstation with VR3 or VR7 graphics,
        running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux
     -- Silicon Graphics Zx10(TM) visual workstation with 3Dlabs Wildcat 4110
        or 4210 or Matrox G450 graphics, running Windows NT or Windows 2000
     -- Silicon Graphics Octane2 with V6 or V8 graphics, running IRIX
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) Octane(R) with SE or MXE graphics, running IRIX
     -- Silicon Graphics(R) O2(R) with unified memory architecture running
        IRIX.
 
     What Customers Are Saying
     "Identifying and analyzing new drilling sites is a meticulous and
 potentially time-consuming process," said Tron Isaksen, president of
 Austin GeoModeling, Inc. "Octane2 with VPro graphics, Dual Channel Display and
 8GB of RAM is optimized to manipulate large data sets and 3D volumetric images
 in real time, allowing geoscientists to make swift determinations about their
 drilling prospects. SGI products are the definite winners of price/performance
 measures and remain the hardware of choice for Austin GeoModeling."
     "We have incorporated the hardware-accelerated specular shading capability
 available on the Octane2 platform into our flagship SYBYL 6.7.1 product," said
 Trevor Heritage, senior vice president of discovery technologies at
 Tripos, Inc. "This feature provides our customers with enhanced visualization
 of molecular systems and aids in the interpretation of molecular surface
 properties."
     "The beauty of Octane2 with V12 graphics is that it gives top-notch
 functionality for our StudioTools suite," said Phil Brown, engineering
 director of Alias|Wavefront. "We can now increase the interactivity of CAID
 models and scenes because of the 128MB of configurable graphics memory, while
 simultaneously taking full advantage of the screen space we're working on. The
 new Dual Channel Display option allows us to view complex scenes in their
 entirety on one CRT and manipulate that activity from a palette residing on a
 second CRT, all from a single SGI VPro graphics card."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Available immediately, Octane2 with V12 graphics is priced at $28,495
 (U.S. list) and includes 128MB of graphics memory, a 400 MHz MIPS(R)
 R12000A(TM) CPU, 256MB of system memory, a 9GB Ultra SCSI system disk and
 21-inch monitor. Octane2 visual workstations start at $17,495 for a system
 with V6 graphics, a single 360 MHz MIPS R12000A processor, 256MB of memory, a
 9GB Ultra SCSI disk, 32MB of graphics memory and a 21-inch monitor. The new
 Dual Channel Display option is $3,000 U.S. list and is available immediately
 for Octane2 with V12 graphics systems. For additional information on specific
 Octane2 options and configurations, please see
 www.sgi.com/workstations/octane2/ .
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. SGI develops, sells and supports high-performance
 visual workstations based on IRIX, Linux and Windows NT operating systems
 using the most advanced SGI VPro graphics solutions for the creative and
 technical professionals in markets such as digital media, visual simulation,
 medical imaging and manufacturing.
     Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the
 company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, OpenGL, O2, Octane and IRIX are registered
 trademarks, and SGI, the SGI logo, Octane2, Silicon Graphics Zx10, XIO and
 VPro are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. MIPS is a registered trademark
 and R12000A is a trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc. used under license by
 Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and
 other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company, Ltd. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows and Windows NT are registered
 trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Sun is a trademark of
 Sun Microsystems, Inc. IBM is a registered trademark of IBM. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     (1)  For geometry performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics delivers a
 measured 18.1 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered, Gouraud-shaded triangles per
 second in display list mode and 15.2 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered,
 Gouraud-shaded triangles per second in immediate mode. For fill rate
 performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics delivers a measured 448 million pixels
 per second with trilinear mipmapping and depth buffering. This exceeds the
 published performance results of other UNIX desktop vendors such as
 Sun Microsystems desktop graphics products including Sun Expert3D graphics,
 the graphics for the IBM(R) RS/6000 workstation products and the HP
 visualize-fx pro graphics products. For geometry performance Sun reports
 6 million 5 pixel lit depth-buffered Gouraud-shaded triangles per second
 (transfer mode not specified). Octane2 V12 delivers more than twice that
 performance, delivering a measured 12.4 million 5 pixel lit depth-buffered
 Gouraud-shaded triangles per second in immediate mode. No geometry performance
 numbers have been reported for IBM GXT6000P, GXT4000P or HP fx10. For fill
 rate, Octane2 offers three times the performance of the nearest reported
 number from another UNIX vendor. According to the IBM Web site, the IBM
 GXT3000P has a peak-fill rate performance of 140 million textured pixels per
 second. Sun Microsystems' Web site documents the pixel-fill performance of its
 Expert3D graphics as 143 million textured pixels per second. No fill-rate
 performance numbers have been reported for IBM GXT6000P, GXT4000P or HP fx10.
 
     CONTACT:  Marla Robinson of SGI, 256-864-3426, or marlar@sgi.com, or
 PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR fax, 650-932-0737.
 
 SOURCE  SGI

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