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SGI releases visualisation products

Silicon Graphics (SGI) has launched an upgraded but lower-priced version of its Onyx UltimateVision visualisation systems.

Promising eight times the performance of previous Onyx products, basic Onyx4 configurations will start at $45,000, one-fifth of the price of previous Onyx systems, bringing the Onyx4 within the reach of smaller companies and individuals.

The Onyx4 system architecture can scale from two to 32 graphics processors, more than twice the scalability of previous Onyx systems, SGI said. It will allow customers ranging from car designers to medical researchers to manage the terabytes of data needed in visualising their work.

The system also supports SGI's Van (Visual Area Network) technology, allowing thin-client and standard network access for users across an organisation, SGI.

SGI also launched a workstation aimed at creative and technical users,

The Silicon Graphics Tezro visual workstation can scale up to four of the latest MIPS Technologies processors for intensive central processing unit demand. It uses an architecture based on SGI's supercomputers to give higher bandwidth and, therefore, better interactivity for users.

Using SGI's VPro graphics, the Tezro will give better realism and accuracy for 3D designs, can display large data sets at high resolution, and can support four simultaneous, synchronised displays to make data analysis easier.

Tezro workstations are available immediately in configurations starting at $20,500.

Gillian Law writes for IDG News Service

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