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.

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