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BW: NVIDIA, SGI and VA Linux to Bring Graphics Standard to Desktop Linux Market

Jan 18, 2000, 17:54 (1 Talkback[s])

"NVIDIA...SGI...and VA Linux Systems...announced their collaboration on the industry's first professional-level OpenGL(R) graphics sub-system for workstations running Linux."

"This planned platform would be the first 100% OpenGL 1.2-conformant hardware-accelerated graphics solution to bring professional workstation graphics standards to the Linux market. Developers using Linux desktop systems equipped with the new graphics sub-system will be able to utilize the depth of the OpenGL graphics application programming interface (API) to create professional quality 2D and 3D graphics applications. The first public demonstration of the collaborative effort will be shown during LinuxWorld, February 2-4, 2000, in New York City."

"The triad's unique technology will bring to Linux desktops many of the capabilities typically associated with UNIX(R) systems. This technology will enable Linux systems to process rich graphics as fast, or faster, than their Microsoft(R) Windows(R)-based counterparts. The solution leverages SGI's extensive 3D graphics and OpenGL expertise, VA Linux Systems' 2D graphics and multi-monitor work and NVIDIA's proven 3D graphics hardware and software architectures. The resulting NVIDIA-based desktops will be the first to provide hardware 3D transform and lighting, hardware 2D and video acceleration, video overlay, multi-monitor capability and full native OpenGL conformance under Linux. The project will give Linux developers the ability to seamlessly integrate their applications with the industry-leading OpenGL graphics API. This graphics processing power and compatibility is a fundamental step in enabling the development of professional Linux applications such as those for manufacturing, digital content creation, electronic business, education and entertainment."

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