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A CHIPMAKER IS PICKING SGI'S LOCK ON HOT GRAPHICS
One of the hottest desktop computers around these days is Silicon Graphics Inc.'s Indigo. Known for its three-dimensional graphics processing, it's the computer of choice for many artists and engineers who need to visualize and manipulate solid shapes. Now, 3Dlabs Inc. in San Jose, Calif., is coming out with a new set of microchips designed to add the same graphics processing power to IBM-compatible PCs and other computers. The chips will be available in October to the 25 companies that have licensed them to build add-in graphics boards.
Called Glint, the chips may prove highly competitive with other 3D-graphics processor chips. That's because they are designed to be compatible with a graphics software standard called OpenGL, which was originally devised by Silicon Graphics. Now, companies including Microsoft, Intel, and Autodesk are throwing their support behind OpenGL, which means it will likely be the basis of many future graphics programs.EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY