Silicon Graphics (SGI) unveiled its latest workstation system, the O2+. Designed for high-performance visualisation and animation applications, O2+ is available in two models, a 350Mhz PMC-Sierra RM7000A and a 400Mhz MIPS R12000A.
Both systems include an 18Gbyte hard drive and 19-inch monitor, as well as a minimum of 256Mbytes of RAM and the SGI Irix operating system.
The O2+, which features a 350Mhz processor and 256Mbytes of RAM, is priced at $7,495 (£5,190), while the 400Mhz model costs $14,495.
SGI also announced a host of improvements to its SGI Reality Centre visualisation and collaboration facilities. The company demonstrated a range of Reality Centres, from high-end, multi-user environments to personal outfits, and showed off the Reality Centre's new features, including a 35-foot curved-screen ultra-bright digital light projection, a stereo DLP collaboration environment and a 3.6 million pixel environment.
Other hardware announcements included demonstrations of forthcoming 24-inch flat panel displays and 64-bit Solaris servers from Sun. The company also unveiled its new Sun Fire server line, a line of graphics systems built on UltraSPARC processors and Sun's Solaris operating system.
Not content to focus only on hardware, SGI also updated a number of its software offerings, including OpenGL and OpenML. Additionally, Unigraphics Solutions previewed VisConcept 2.0 for SGI's Irix OS. VisConcept 2.0 allows for human-scale visualisation of high-resolution 3D designs and adds new texture mapping, light editors and mirroring.
Siemens AG highlighted its Real-Time Graphics Ensemble software. RTGE is a distributed computing application which allows a network of PCs to function together as a virtual graphics workstation.
PCs can even be linked over the Internet to combine their resources to create models and animations, the company said.