- Architosh Staff ([email protected])
- 1 Feb 2002
Mac News around the Web: SGI OpenGL, OS X support and more...
Playing a little catch up, Media 100 Inc. announced this week full support for Apple's new Dual G4 Power Mac line with pending certification of the dual 1 Ghz and 933 Mhz models. Media 100i Version 8 for Mac OS X is being featured on the main page of their web site. You can take a tour of the new V8 Aqua interface here.
SGI announced OpenGL Vizserver 2.0 this week. The software is designed to deliver advanced visualization capabilities to any client device across any existing network -- such as the Internet. The Vizserver runs on SGI Onyx (IRIX) servers and the client is currently supported on a number of UNIX operating systems, Linux's and Windows 2000/XP/NT. Future Mac OS X support is in the cards pending customer request. This new product is the foundation of SGI's new paradigm called Visual Area Networking. To learn more read here.
Also announced by SGI was the world's fastest interactive graphics with the new InfinitePerformance Graphics subsystem. SGI claims to have trumped the competition with a 2.3 times performance advance. What does the fastest graphics performance in the world cost? Base prices start at $117,000 US.
SGI and Apple
It should be noted that SGI also posted its first profitable quarter last week in quite some time, announcing upbeat projections for the near future. At the end of January the stock was up to $2.90 after coming all the way down to 0.30 cents a share a week after September 11th. Architosh has been tracking SGI's activity for more than two years on speculation that Apple may merge or buy SGI's key assets, those of which include Alias/Wavefront, the makers of Maya software. The current thinking on SGI and Apple is that Jobs is unlikely to want to purchase a whole subsidiary much less SGI itself. However, there is growing speculation that Apple may purchase the Maya software product within the next six months.
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