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AccelGraphics AG300 3-D Graphics Accelerator certified by Parametric Technology Corp. for use on platforms from Compaq Computer Corp. and Digital Equipment Corp.; The AG300 is the only OpenGL graphics accelerator certified by Parametric Technology for use with Pro ENGINEER and Pro JR. on Intel-based personal computing platforms.

SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 7, 1995--AccelGraphics Inc. Tuesday announced that the AG300 three-dimensional (3D) graphics accelerator has been certified for use with Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/JR. on both Compaq Computer Corp.'s DeskPro XL 566 and Digital Equipment Corp.'s Celebris 590 FP personal computers running Windows NT and OpenGL.

The AG300 is the only 3D graphics accelerator certified for use with Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/JR. on platforms based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium processor. AccelGraphics eliminated the last barrier to using a standard PC for 3D applications like Pro/ENGINEER in a production environment by offering 3D graphics performance previously available only from expensive, high-end UNIX workstations.

By specifically targeting the leading 3D mechanical software applications and tuning its own driver software to get the best performance possible with these applications, AccelGraphics delivers a powerful and unique hardware and software solution to the large and growing 3D MCAD market.

"Compaq is very excited about this powerful solution, combining the DeskPro XL personal computer and the AG300 graphics accelerator from AccelGraphics. PTC's certification of the Compaq DeskPro XL system with the AG300 sets a new standard for workstation-class 3D graphics and compute power on the desktop," said Rick Pitts, director of business and industry relations for Compaq Computer Corp.

"Digital Equipment Corporation is committed to providing solutions to its customers in the mechanical computer-aided design and engineering markets. This new price-performance level set by the Celebris platform with an AG300 graphics accelerator from AccelGraphics makes it possible to put a seat running Pro/ENGINEER or Pro/JR. on every engineer's desktop," said Aaron Holzer, mechanical design automation manager at Digital Equipment Corp.

"The availability of increasingly more powerful Windows NT systems from key system vendors like Compaq Computer Corporation and Digital Equipment Corporation, coupled with 3D OpenGL graphics accelerators like the AG300 from AccelGraphics, delivers a compelling price-performance platform for Pro/ENGINEER and Pro/JR.," said Olimpio DeMarco, manager of strategic relations for Parametric Technology Corp.

The AG300's powerful graphics processor is capable of up to 205K Gouraud shaded triangles per second and up to 1 million 3D vectors per second. Furthermore, the AG300's innovative architecture allows performance to scale with the power of the main CPU, directly leveraging Intel's strategy to offer "OverDrive" processor upgrades to Pentium-based platforms.

Faster processors deliver proportionately faster graphics performance, lengthening the useful life of the AG300 and providing investment protection in the rapidly changing computer industry.

The AG300 is designed to take advantage of new high-speed processors and maturing PC operating systems, such as Windows NT and Windows 95, as well as standard graphics Application Programming Interface (APIs), such as OpenGL, 3DR and HOOPS.

In addition to providing optimized support for powerful 3D mechanical design applications like Pro/JR. and Pro/ENGINEER, the AG300's accelerated drivers for Windows 3.1 and Windows NT provide support for thousands of popular applications like word-processors and spreadsheets.

The AG300 from AccelGraphics paves the way for a family of graphics accelerators targeted at professional 3D markets. Its highly optimized 3D pipeline provides affordable, high-performance graphics using the growing OpenGL standard supported by Microsoft Corp., initially with Windows NT, but growing with the support of OpenGL in Windows 95 (Chicago) later this year.

About the companies

AccelGraphics Inc.

AccelGraphics Inc. develops, manufactures and markets high-performance three-dimensional (3D) graphics and image processing accelerators for computer-aided design and engineering and other technical markets. Sales distribution is managed through select VARs, OEMs and technical distributors with expertise in these target markets.

AccelGraphics' 3D graphics accelerators enable technical professionals to visualize 3D data such as designs and models of mechanical parts and assemblies quickly and interactively, thereby dramatically enhancing user productivity when using 3D applications.

The ActionGraphics line of higher-performance 3D graphics accelerators deliver high-end workstation graphics performance on PCs supporting the standard, high-bandwidth PCI bus. Supported systems include those based on Intel Corp.'s Pentium processors and other high-performance processors including Alpha, MIPS and PowerPC.

AccelGraphics Inc. is headquartered in San Jose and can be reached at 800/444-5699.

Compaq Computer Corp.

Compaq Computer Corp. is a world leader in the manufacture of desktop and notebook personal computers and servers. Founded in 1982, the company reported 1994 worldwide sales of $10.9 billion. Compaq products are sold and supported in more than 100 countries through a network of more than 38,000 Compaq marketing partners. Compaq also sells directly to customers through Compaq Direct Plus at 800/888-5858.


Note to Editors: AccelGraphics, ActionGraphics and AG300 are trademarks of AccelGraphics Inc. All other trademarks, service marks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

CONTACT: AccelGraphics Inc., San Jose

Greg Milliken, 408/452-0184


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