Accelerated-X™ Summit Series
Hardware Supported

CPU Platforms

Intel/AMD x86 Architecture
From SBCs to x86 boxes that can hold and properly recognize and initialize a dozen graphics cards with four ,or even eight, monitor outputs from each card, Xi Graphics has put Accelerated-X Summit Series SW on a broad range of x86 platforms, both 32- and 64-bit systems, over the years in consumer, commercial, industrial, medical, university, and military market sectors.

IBM Power Series (PPC) Architecturre
Beginning with AIX v5 and the Power 5 UNIX line of IBM, and later moving up to Power6, and AIX v6, Xi Graphics has provided Summit Series support to IBM customers who needed stronger graphics capabilities than IBM was providing. Power7 and AIX v7 is in the works.

Sun Microsystems (now Oracle) SPARC Architecture
Xi Graphics has supported the SPARC architecture for many years, and were pleased to learn that Oracle intended to continue the SPARC prosduct line and the Solaris OS. The graphics offerings on SPARC from Sun (and now Oracle) have become "less than optimal" when the platform is used in environments that need something better than a console. With the availibility of the Matrox new M-series graphics card line, the Solaris OS, and our Summit Series, the platform can be a powerful tool in applications other than just a database server.

This architecture was apparently replaced with the Intel Itanium product in HP's plans. Summit Series provided support for some ATI graphics cards on PA-RISC some years ago, but we have had no requests for graphics support on Itanium. Perhaps the Itanium systems and the HP-UX11i are targeted at non-graphics-intensive systems.

HP is an interesting view into the world of computer graphics hardware. Some years ago, HP and Intergraph competed for who had the best (fastest) graphics chips in the business. They swapped number one and two posisons for several years. A spinoff of Integraph - 3Dlabs - was also a leader in high-powered add-in cards, especially in the OpenGL arena. Now HP does not make graphics chips, and 3Dlabs does not exist as a contender in the computer graphics add-in board business. Similarly, IBM used to be in the graphics chip development business. No longer. Sun Microsystems did not figure in the graphics chip development game, but instead worked with other who were to make cards for Sun to employ on SPARC, using Sun's UNIX X server. Xi Graphics was at one time (until mid 1997) a vendor to Sun for graphics drivers of varous graphics chips. What a difference ten to fifteen years can make in the computer graphics business, eh?