SGI Introduces New Octane2 System With More Visualization Power Than Any Other UNIX Desktop

Ongoing Innovation With IRIX Platform Is Key to SGI's Multiplatform

Workstation Strategy



Jun 26, 2000, 01:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI today introduced the
 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation, a new power desktop line
 with the highest level of visualization of any UNIX(R) desktop workstation.
 Octane2(TM) brings together a new robust implementation of SGI(TM) VPro(TM)
 graphics; an optimized crossbar architecture; the latest high-performance
 MIPS(R) RISC processor; and a number of industry-first features for power
 users in technical and creative professions.
     "Octane2 is designed for our world-class customers who rely on our IRIX
 OS-based solutions to solve their most complex desktop problems," said
 Greg Goelz, vice president of marketing for workstations and IA servers at
 SGI. "The introduction of Octane2 underscores SGI's commitment to its UNIX
 desktop line. Ongoing and aggressive innovation for UNIX customers is a key
 element of SGI's overall workstation roadmap that includes IRIX(R), Windows
 NT(R) and Linux(R) systems."
 
     Robust, Feature-Rich SGI-Developed VPro Graphics for IRIX
     Silicon Graphics Octane2 is available with two VPro graphics
 configurations, V6 with 32MB graphics memory and V8 with 128MB graphics
 memory. VPro graphics for IRIX was developed by SGI to serve the highest
 requirements of its desktop customers. The graphics also leverage SGI's
 expertise in OpenGL(R) with full hardware acceleration of the OpenGL(R) 1.2
 core feature set and imaging extensions on a single chip. The patented design,
 called OpenGL on a Chip(TM), provides an efficient architecture for the quick
 turn-around of future product enhancements.
     Octane2 provides high geometry performance, the fastest pixel fill rate on
 the UNIX desktop(1) and unsurpassed image quality. Octane2(TM) V6, with up to
 8MB texture memory, is well suited to power 3D CAD modeling and animation
 applications. Octane2(TM) V8 offers texture memory capacity of 104MB and
 advanced imaging and visualization capabilities. Octane2 V8 supports extremely
 large and precise images and offers the most advanced texturing performance
 available from SGI on the desktop. These features make Octane2 V8 ideal for
 applications such as CAD styling, digital prototyping, geosciences, medical
 imaging and visual simulation.
 
     Octane2: Features and Productivity Gains for Customers
     "We've always looked to SGI to provide advanced visualization technology,"
 said Greg Brandeau, Pixar Animation Studios' vice president of Computer
 Operations. "We just purchased 240 of the next-generation Octane2 systems for
 work on our next feature film, Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc., which is set for
 release Holiday 2001. These workstations will be important tools in helping
 our animators manipulate complex models and images which allow us to make
 visually richer films."
     "The Octane2 workstation reflects SGI's continued dedication to
 manufacturing industry-leading, high-quality products with innovative
 technology," said Raymond Tuchman, EdgeMark Systems CEO. "Our customers who
 tested the beta versions of Octane2 found that the product far exceeded their
 performance expectations. The new system's features and benefits meet the
 rigorous demands of our federal customers."
 
     Introducing New Features to the Industry
     SGI brings several industry-first features to market with Octane2. Octane2
 accelerates the new OpenGL 1.2 ARB imaging extensions, a feature that will
 benefit SGI's advanced imaging customers. Octane2 V8 is the first UNIX
 workstation to offer 128MB of configurable graphics memory. This flexible
 block of memory can be used by an application as texture memory or for
 graphics effects with 96-bit accuracy.
     Octane2 with VPro graphics delivers yet another industry first with a
 hardware implementation of specular shading with per-pixel normal
 interpolation, not texture overlays. This yields more accurate, fully
 accelerated lighting of 3D models. Octane2 is also capable of 48-bit color or
 12-bits per component (red, green, blue and alpha). By providing four more
 bits per color than other UNIX desktop systems, Octane2 gives customers
 greater precision for advanced visualization, imaging, styling and paint
 applications.
     "SGI continues to innovate new features for desktop graphics with its new
 Octane2 workstation with VPro graphics," said Sarang Ghatpande, a D.H. Brown
 research analyst. "With 48-bit color in Octane2 V8, imaging and other high
 pixel resolution demanding applications are able to perform advanced 2D and 3D
 operations rapidly and with extended precision. Other enhancements, like
 hardware-accelerated specular shading with per-pixel normal interpolation,
 allow for fast rendering of objects with added lighting accuracy."
 
     Octane2 Offers Outstanding Fill Rate and Geometry Performance
     Configured with single or dual MIPS(R) R12000A(TM) 400 MHz processors
 produced in NEC's highly advanced 0.18 micron process technology, Octane2
 offers three times the graphics price/performance of Octane(R) and boasts
 33% faster CPU performance. Octane2 particularly shines on fill rate and
 geometry performance for maximum interactivity.
     Octane2 delivers a measured 425 million pixels per second with trilinear
 mipmapping and depth-buffering. This provides three times the performance of
 newly introduced graphics on other UNIX desktop systems, specifically the
 GXT3000P graphics on the IBM 44P-170 and the Sun Expert3D graphics on the Sun
 Ultra80.(2) Octane2 also delivers leading geometry performance in the UNIX
 industry with 7.4 million lit depth-buffered, smooth-shaded immediate mode
 triangles per second.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Octane2 with V6 graphics starts at $17,495 U.S. list for a system that
 includes a single 360 MHz MIPS R12000A processor, 256MB of memory, a 9GB Ultra
 SCSI disk, 32MB of graphics memory and a 21" monitor. Octane2 V8 starts at
 $24,995 U.S. list and includes a single 400 MHz MIPS R12000A CPU, 256MB of
 memory, a 9GB system disk, 128MB of graphics memory and a 21" monitor.
     Octane2 systems are available now and in volume next month. Existing
 Octane customers can easily upgrade to the new VPro graphics and faster
 processors to take advantage of the new features and performance improvements.
 For first-time Octane customers, SGI offers 14 configurations of Octane2 to
 choose from to best meet their specific needs. For additional information on
 specific configurations, please see www.sgi.com/octane2/.
     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, OpenGL, Octane and IRIX are registered
 trademarks, and SGI, the SGI logo, OpenGL on a Chip, Octane2 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, used by permission. Windows and
 Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     (1), (2) Octane2 with VPro graphics delivers a measured 425 million pixels
 per second with trilinear mipmapping and depth-buffering. The IBM GXT3000P has
 a quoted fill rate performance of 140 million textured pixels per second,
 according to the IBM Web site. Sun Microsystems' Web site documents the pixel
 fill performance of its Expert3D graphics as 143 million textured pixels per
 second.
 
 

SOURCE SGI
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI today introduced the
 Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation, a new power desktop line
 with the highest level of visualization of any UNIX(R) desktop workstation.
 Octane2(TM) brings together a new robust implementation of SGI(TM) VPro(TM)
 graphics; an optimized crossbar architecture; the latest high-performance
 MIPS(R) RISC processor; and a number of industry-first features for power
 users in technical and creative professions.
     "Octane2 is designed for our world-class customers who rely on our IRIX
 OS-based solutions to solve their most complex desktop problems," said
 Greg Goelz, vice president of marketing for workstations and IA servers at
 SGI. "The introduction of Octane2 underscores SGI's commitment to its UNIX
 desktop line. Ongoing and aggressive innovation for UNIX customers is a key
 element of SGI's overall workstation roadmap that includes IRIX(R), Windows
 NT(R) and Linux(R) systems."
 
     Robust, Feature-Rich SGI-Developed VPro Graphics for IRIX
     Silicon Graphics Octane2 is available with two VPro graphics
 configurations, V6 with 32MB graphics memory and V8 with 128MB graphics
 memory. VPro graphics for IRIX was developed by SGI to serve the highest
 requirements of its desktop customers. The graphics also leverage SGI's
 expertise in OpenGL(R) with full hardware acceleration of the OpenGL(R) 1.2
 core feature set and imaging extensions on a single chip. The patented design,
 called OpenGL on a Chip(TM), provides an efficient architecture for the quick
 turn-around of future product enhancements.
     Octane2 provides high geometry performance, the fastest pixel fill rate on
 the UNIX desktop(1) and unsurpassed image quality. Octane2(TM) V6, with up to
 8MB texture memory, is well suited to power 3D CAD modeling and animation
 applications. Octane2(TM) V8 offers texture memory capacity of 104MB and
 advanced imaging and visualization capabilities. Octane2 V8 supports extremely
 large and precise images and offers the most advanced texturing performance
 available from SGI on the desktop. These features make Octane2 V8 ideal for
 applications such as CAD styling, digital prototyping, geosciences, medical
 imaging and visual simulation.
 
     Octane2: Features and Productivity Gains for Customers
     "We've always looked to SGI to provide advanced visualization technology,"
 said Greg Brandeau, Pixar Animation Studios' vice president of Computer
 Operations. "We just purchased 240 of the next-generation Octane2 systems for
 work on our next feature film, Disney/Pixar's Monsters, Inc., which is set for
 release Holiday 2001. These workstations will be important tools in helping
 our animators manipulate complex models and images which allow us to make
 visually richer films."
     "The Octane2 workstation reflects SGI's continued dedication to
 manufacturing industry-leading, high-quality products with innovative
 technology," said Raymond Tuchman, EdgeMark Systems CEO. "Our customers who
 tested the beta versions of Octane2 found that the product far exceeded their
 performance expectations. The new system's features and benefits meet the
 rigorous demands of our federal customers."
 
     Introducing New Features to the Industry
     SGI brings several industry-first features to market with Octane2. Octane2
 accelerates the new OpenGL 1.2 ARB imaging extensions, a feature that will
 benefit SGI's advanced imaging customers. Octane2 V8 is the first UNIX
 workstation to offer 128MB of configurable graphics memory. This flexible
 block of memory can be used by an application as texture memory or for
 graphics effects with 96-bit accuracy.
     Octane2 with VPro graphics delivers yet another industry first with a
 hardware implementation of specular shading with per-pixel normal
 interpolation, not texture overlays. This yields more accurate, fully
 accelerated lighting of 3D models. Octane2 is also capable of 48-bit color or
 12-bits per component (red, green, blue and alpha). By providing four more
 bits per color than other UNIX desktop systems, Octane2 gives customers
 greater precision for advanced visualization, imaging, styling and paint
 applications.
     "SGI continues to innovate new features for desktop graphics with its new
 Octane2 workstation with VPro graphics," said Sarang Ghatpande, a D.H. Brown
 research analyst. "With 48-bit color in Octane2 V8, imaging and other high
 pixel resolution demanding applications are able to perform advanced 2D and 3D
 operations rapidly and with extended precision. Other enhancements, like
 hardware-accelerated specular shading with per-pixel normal interpolation,
 allow for fast rendering of objects with added lighting accuracy."
 
     Octane2 Offers Outstanding Fill Rate and Geometry Performance
     Configured with single or dual MIPS(R) R12000A(TM) 400 MHz processors
 produced in NEC's highly advanced 0.18 micron process technology, Octane2
 offers three times the graphics price/performance of Octane(R) and boasts
 33% faster CPU performance. Octane2 particularly shines on fill rate and
 geometry performance for maximum interactivity.
     Octane2 delivers a measured 425 million pixels per second with trilinear
 mipmapping and depth-buffering. This provides three times the performance of
 newly introduced graphics on other UNIX desktop systems, specifically the
 GXT3000P graphics on the IBM 44P-170 and the Sun Expert3D graphics on the Sun
 Ultra80.(2) Octane2 also delivers leading geometry performance in the UNIX
 industry with 7.4 million lit depth-buffered, smooth-shaded immediate mode
 triangles per second.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Octane2 with V6 graphics starts at $17,495 U.S. list for a system that
 includes a single 360 MHz MIPS R12000A processor, 256MB of memory, a 9GB Ultra
 SCSI disk, 32MB of graphics memory and a 21" monitor. Octane2 V8 starts at
 $24,995 U.S. list and includes a single 400 MHz MIPS R12000A CPU, 256MB of
 memory, a 9GB system disk, 128MB of graphics memory and a 21" monitor.
     Octane2 systems are available now and in volume next month. Existing
 Octane customers can easily upgrade to the new VPro graphics and faster
 processors to take advantage of the new features and performance improvements.
 For first-time Octane customers, SGI offers 14 configurations of Octane2 to
 choose from to best meet their specific needs. For additional information on
 specific configurations, please see www.sgi.com/octane2/.
     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, OpenGL, Octane and IRIX are registered
 trademarks, and SGI, the SGI logo, OpenGL on a Chip, Octane2 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, used by permission. Windows and
 Windows NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other
 trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
 
     (1), (2) Octane2 with VPro graphics delivers a measured 425 million pixels
 per second with trilinear mipmapping and depth-buffering. The IBM GXT3000P has
 a quoted fill rate performance of 140 million textured pixels per second,
 according to the IBM Web site. Sun Microsystems' Web site documents the pixel
 fill performance of its Expert3D graphics as 143 million textured pixels per
 second.
 
 SOURCE  SGI

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