NVIDIA Graphics Empower SGI Workstations
SGI Visual Workstations Based on Intel Integrate NVIDIA Quadro2 Solutions
For Further Information Contact:
For Immediate Release
Santa Clara, CA – December 13, 2000 – NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced that SGI (NYSE: SGI) now offers the NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR™ and Quadro2 Pro™ graphics processors — as part of the SGI™ VPro™ graphics family of solutions — on its Silicon Graphics® 230, Silicon Graphics® 330, and Silicon Graphics® 550 visual workstations. The Quadro2 solutions, with full support for the Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® operating environments, give visual computing professionals access to revolutionary graphics features including NVIDIA's TwinView™ architecture for dual-display support, Digital Vibrance Control for fine-tuned workspace color adjustment, and the NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer that enables single-pass advanced per-pixel shading. Marketed and sold by SGI as the Silicon Graphics® workstations with V7 (NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR) and VR7 (NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro) graphics solutions, the new graphics offerings are immediately available through SGI's direct sales channels and from the company's well-established distributors and resellers.
"By utilizing NVIDIA's ground-breaking Quadro2 processors, SGI can dramatically lower the cost barrier that has typically been associated with professional graphics solutions in the past," states Dan Vivoli, senior vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. "By applying this strategy to the workstation market, NVIDIA has created a discontinuity, thus starting its climb to the top of the market."
The Silicon Graphics visual workstations incorporate a state-of-the-art Intel® architecture with SGI™ visualization subsystems. The entry-level Silicon Graphics 230 comes with the NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR solution that gives customers 400M pixels per second rendering power, 25M triangles per second geometry processing power, and 2.93GB per second memory bandwidth. For its midrange system, the scalable Silicon Graphics 330 workstation, SGI gives customers a choice of the NVIDIA Quadro2 MXR or Quadro2 Pro graphics solution. With unprecedented 3D and 2D performance for the engineering professional, Quadro2 Pro solutions deliver an unmatched 1.0G pixels per second rendering power and 31M triangles per second geometry processing power making it the optimal choice for the most demanding design environments. The Pentium® III Xeon™ processor-based Silicon Graphics 550 visual workstations include the NVIDIA Quadro2 Pro to accommodate power users in the CAD, digital content creation, and scientific visualization markets.
"The combination of SGI and NVIDIA technology allows us to deliver power and flexibility in an extremely affordable package," said Greg Goelz, vice president of volume products at SGI. "SGI's VPro graphics workstations give the customer outstanding performance on demanding real-world applications, because we combine SGI's expertise in system architecture and graphics optimization with the best technology available."