New Intergraph graphics bundle is a whiz at 3-D apps, company says

Intergraph Corp. is claiming that its Wildcat 3-D graphics system can perform up to 10
times better than current 3-D desktop systems running Unix or Microsoft Windows NT.


The Huntsville, Ala., company announced the graphics package last month at the Siggraph
trade show in Orlando, Fla. The performance boost comes by way of the Intense 3-D Wildcat
4100 accelerator chip set and ParaScale architecture, which will be standard in all
Intergraph TDZ 2000 ViZual workstations. Users who buy TDZ systems will get the Wildcat
accelerator upgrade free through the end of year.


The Wildcat card also will be part of graphics systems built by other manufacturers
such as IBM Corp., Digital Equipment Corp. and Dell Computer Corp., Intergraph spokesman
Steve Pesto said.


The card fits an Accelerated Graphics Port bus, and any OpenGL-compliant graphics
application can take advantage of it without modification, Pesto said. He said Wildcat
makes possible highly detailed and accurate representations of the Earth’s surface.


In conjunction with the announcement, Intergraph brought out a number of
high-performance hardware and software bundles for animation, simulation and
visualization.


Promotional prices range from $5,434 to $22,580 for turnkey bundles that include
specialized graphics applications on TDZ workstations with one or two Pentium II CPUs, 17-
to 21-inch monitors, 128M or 256M RAM, and hard drives storing 4.3G or 9.1G.


Thomas G. Baybrook, Intergraph’s vice president of federal marketing in Reston,
Va., said he will work with federal customers to put together the specific graphics
bundles they require at the promotional prices. More information appears on the Web at http://www.intergraph.com/ics.


Also at Siggraph, Intergraph showed a prototype dual-Pentium II digital media
workstation developed in partnership with Sony Broadcasting and Professional Systems Co.
Intergraph and Kaydara Inc. of Montreal collaborated on Filmbox 1.4 software, which
integrates real-time video with 3-D displays.


Meanwhile, the company’s legal battle with Intel Corp. continues to hurt its
hardware sales, according to company reports.


Contact Intergraph Computer Systems at 800-763-0242.  

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