Issue: Volume: 24 Issue: 11 (November 2001)

News - 11/01

In Brief
Logitech (Fremont, CA) has announced a new subsidiary, 3Dconnexion, whose focus will be developing and marketing input devices for 3D motion control. The new company combines the resources of LogiCAD 3D and Labtec's 3D peripheral business. Logitech recently acquired majority control of LogiCAD 3D, maker of the Magellan 3D controller. Labtec's 3D peripheral business became part of Logitech with the company's acquisition of Labtec earlier this year. Labtec is the developer of the Spaceball 3D controller....Cambridge Animation Systems (Cambridge, UK) has been bought from Japanese investment bank Nomura by a digital media consortium that includes a Cambridge Animation Systems founder.

Top 10 Awadvs Performers
The following 10 workstation and graphics card combinations recently received the highest scores in the AWadvs-04 (Alias|Wavefront Advanced Visualizer) subset of the SPECviewperf 6.1.2 OpenGL benchmark. The AWadvs-04 benchmark consists of 10 operations common to the Advanced Visualizer 3D animation program, including smooth, flat, and material shading of a polygonal animation model.

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 systems fared in other benchmark tests, or to review results from additional systems, visit

News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan

For additional CG industry news updated daily, see: