Issue: Volume: 24 Issue: 2 (Feb 2001)

News - 2/01

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. The $ per composite figure represents the system price divided by the mean score.

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

ProCDRS-03 Price/Performance Summary

Companies listed are voluntary participants.
Source: SPEC/GPC benchmark results December 2000. Copyright Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.

Animation facility Netter Digital Entertainment (North Hollywood, CA) has ceased operations. Netter produced work for the television series Babylon 5 and the movie Dune, among other film and broadcast properties....EADS Matra Datavision (Les Ulis, France) has created a new subsidiary to handle development, services, and support for its Open Cascade 3D modeling components. The new firm is called the Open Cascade Co....CAD vendor SolidWorks Corp. (Concord, MA) has acquired Cimlogic (Nashua, NH), a developer of design and drafting annotation tools for the mechanical and electrical CAD markets.CNC application developer Predator Software (Portland, OR) has acquired DNC software and technology from X_Net A/S, based in Copenhagen, Denmark....Data visualization company Muse Technologies has relocated its corporate headquarters from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Waltham, Massachusetts. Marketing, communications, and some technical operations will continue to be based in New Mexico....Graphics board manufacturer Nvidia (Santa Clara, CA) has agreed to acquire the core graphics assets of board vendor 3dfx Interactive (San Jose, CA). The acquisition is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2002.

News is written and compiled by Jenny Donelan.