SGI Expands VPro Graphics Family

Company Develops Special Implementation of VPro Graphics for New IRIX

Operating System-Based Octane2 Systems Announced Today



Jun 26, 2000, 01:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- With the introduction of
 the Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation today, SGI (NYSE:   SGI)
 unveiled new additions to its VPro(TM) graphics family. These new VPro
 graphics for IRIX(R) are a particularly robust and full-featured
 implementation developed entirely in-house and specifically for SGI's IRIX
 customers.
     First announced on May 15, VPro is a family of graphics subsystems for
 IRIX, Windows NT(R) and Linux(R) desktop workstations. SGI offers two very
 distinct implementations of VPro graphics. VPro graphics for Windows NT and
 Linux was developed in partnership with NVIDIA(TM) Corporation and is
 available with the Silicon Graphics(R) 230, Silicon Graphics(R) 330 and
 Silicon Graphics(R) 550 visual workstations.
     The new implementation, called VPro graphics for IRIX, is available only
 with the new Octane2 visual workstations announced today. VPro graphics for
 IRIX comes in two configurations, the Octane2(TM) V6 with 32MB of configurable
 graphics memory and the Octane2(TM) V8 with 128MB of configurable graphics
 memory.
     The SGI-developed VPro graphics for Octane2 leverage SGI's expertise in
 OpenGL(R) with full hardware acceleration of the OpenGL(R) 1.2 core feature
 set on a single chip. This patented design, called OpenGL on a Chip(TM), is
 common to all VPro products and provides an efficient architecture for the
 quick turnaround of future product enhancements.
     Octane2 with VPro graphics features hardware acceleration of the new
 OpenGL 1.2 ARB (Architectural Review Board) imaging extensions, a
 functionality that will benefit SGI's advanced imaging customers. Other VPro
 graphics for IRIX features include:
 
     -- Hardware implementation of specular shading with per-pixel normal
        interpolation (not texture overlays)
     -- 48-bit (12-bit per component) RGBA
     -- 96-bit hardware-accelerated accumulation buffer for depth of field,
        full-scene anti-aliasing, motion blurs and other effects
     -- 104MB texture memory capacity
     -- Perspective-correct textures and colors
     -- High-performance hardware clipping
 
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Octane, IRIX and OpenGL are registered
 trademarks, Octane2 and SGI, the SGI logo, VPro and OpenGL on a Chip are
 trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. NVIDIA is a trademark of NVIDIA
 Corporation. Microsoft and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft
 Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
 

SOURCE SGI
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- With the introduction of
 the Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation today, SGI (NYSE:   SGI)
 unveiled new additions to its VPro(TM) graphics family. These new VPro
 graphics for IRIX(R) are a particularly robust and full-featured
 implementation developed entirely in-house and specifically for SGI's IRIX
 customers.
     First announced on May 15, VPro is a family of graphics subsystems for
 IRIX, Windows NT(R) and Linux(R) desktop workstations. SGI offers two very
 distinct implementations of VPro graphics. VPro graphics for Windows NT and
 Linux was developed in partnership with NVIDIA(TM) Corporation and is
 available with the Silicon Graphics(R) 230, Silicon Graphics(R) 330 and
 Silicon Graphics(R) 550 visual workstations.
     The new implementation, called VPro graphics for IRIX, is available only
 with the new Octane2 visual workstations announced today. VPro graphics for
 IRIX comes in two configurations, the Octane2(TM) V6 with 32MB of configurable
 graphics memory and the Octane2(TM) V8 with 128MB of configurable graphics
 memory.
     The SGI-developed VPro graphics for Octane2 leverage SGI's expertise in
 OpenGL(R) with full hardware acceleration of the OpenGL(R) 1.2 core feature
 set on a single chip. This patented design, called OpenGL on a Chip(TM), is
 common to all VPro products and provides an efficient architecture for the
 quick turnaround of future product enhancements.
     Octane2 with VPro graphics features hardware acceleration of the new
 OpenGL 1.2 ARB (Architectural Review Board) imaging extensions, a
 functionality that will benefit SGI's advanced imaging customers. Other VPro
 graphics for IRIX features include:
 
     -- Hardware implementation of specular shading with per-pixel normal
        interpolation (not texture overlays)
     -- 48-bit (12-bit per component) RGBA
     -- 96-bit hardware-accelerated accumulation buffer for depth of field,
        full-scene anti-aliasing, motion blurs and other effects
     -- 104MB texture memory capacity
     -- Perspective-correct textures and colors
     -- High-performance hardware clipping
 
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Octane, IRIX and OpenGL are registered
 trademarks, Octane2 and SGI, the SGI logo, VPro and OpenGL on a Chip are
 trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. NVIDIA is a trademark of NVIDIA
 Corporation. Microsoft and Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft
 Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
 SOURCE  SGI

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