Silicon Graphics wijzigt z'n strategie voor Intel-based workstations, bericht News.com. De produktie van de Visual Workstation 320 en 540 zal gestaakt worden en zoals eerder bekend werd zullen er nieuwe Intel workstations komen gebaseerd op Linux met nVidia videokaarten:
The demise of SGI's 320 and 540 models marks the end of a grand attempt to bring the special-purpose, expensive hardware of the Unix workstation realm into a more price-conscious market. The plan had been touted as a key part of the company's turnaround strategy.
With the delays, ever-advancing PC technology caught up with SGI's expertise, Stedman said. Intel's new 840 chipset provides most of the internal data transfer speed advantages that SGI worked for more than two years to add to its first Intel-based PC.
SGI's next-generation Intel machines, due in the second quarter of 2000, will limit additions to the graphics card, Stedman said. The company will build the card around a chip from Nvidia designed with the help of about 50 engineers SGI transferred to Nvidia as part of SGI's August reorganization, he said.
As previously reported, SGI also will try to take advantage of the Linux movement with its new Intel-based workstations, Stedman said. The strategy parallels the one SGI is taking with its higher-end servers.
SGI zal volgnes C|Net nog tot 2006 doorgaan met de produktie van op MIPS / Irix systemen.