Issue: Volume: 23 Issue: 7 (July 2000)

SPOTLIGHT: News - 7/00

This month, we list the 10 workstation- and graphics-card combinations that most recently received the best scores for the ProCDRS-02 subset of the SPECviewperf 6.1.1 benchmark. The Pro CDRS benchmark is based on PTC's CDRS industrial design software and consists of 10 tests, each of which represents a different mode of operation within CDRS.

The mean scores represent the combined, weighted results of the 10 tests, measured in the number of frames per second the machines were able to execute. The larger the numbers, the better the performance.

To see how the same workstations fared in other benchmark tests, or to review results from additional workstations, visit

The Oxford Metrics Group (Oxford, UK), parent company of motion-capture manufacturer Vicon Motion Systems, has formed a new company, 2d3, which will develop software and hardware tools for the entertainment and visualization industries. The first product from 2d3, scheduled to debut at the Siggraph 2000 show, is an automated camera calibration and tracking (Wilmington, NC), a new content library scheduled to launch this September, will offer sound effects, virtual sets, music, Web art, 3D models, stock photography, videography, textures, and motion-capture data over the Internet. The site is targeted at the game development, entertainment, multimedia, and advertising industries.... Hewlett-Packard (Palo Alto, CA) has announced two additions to its graphics accelerator line, the mid-range HP fx5 and high-end HP fx10....Microcadam (Tokyo) has announced that it is withdrawing its Helix Design Systems MCAD program from the European and American markets. IBM and Dassault Systemes (Paris) are now offering Helix customers in those areas a migration path to Catia Version 5. Besides the Catia package, the offering includes a native Helix-to-Catia data transfer application and a telephone hotline for users needing help with the conversion....Veteran graphics card vendor Number Nine Visual Technology (Lexington, MA) has ceased operations. Drivers and support are still available at

News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan.