[rescue] Wanted: Sun 3D graphics accelerators

Peter Stokes peter at ashlyn.co.uk
Tue May 19 04:10:01 CDT 2015

Hi Richard

I know I have some of the Creator 3D/Elite 3D M3 and M6/Expert 3D cards. All
of these are UPA so are used in Blade 1000/2000 Ultra 30/60/80. I also may
have the odd Creator 3D for the Ultra 1/2. I do not think I have any of the
early ones for the SS20 etc as they tend to be rare and probably expensive
unless you happen across one. I know the last GS (for the SS2?) cost me #400
and that was many years ago.

I believe that I have some software to use with them, would have to check.

Peter Stokes
Ashlyn Computer Services
Tel: 01636 627990
Mbl: 07977 532320

On 18 May 2015, at 22:05, Richard <legalize at xmission.com> wrote:

> In article <D3B2F466-5CF0-438C-9ED3-A324DF44AD14 at ashlyn.co.uk>,
>    Peter Stokes <peter at ashlyn.co.uk> writes:
>> Any examples, I have various systems here and cards and various software,
>> me know what sort of thing you are after?
> Umm... everything? LOL
> Well, I have a GT, but everyone pretty much agrees that it's crap :-).
> Searching computerworld/infoworld issues on google books turns up a
> bunch of hits.
> 1987: CXP line of workstations from Sun
> 1987: GX4000 accelerators from Raster Graphics
> 1989: "Sun Attempts to Position GX, GXP In the 3-D Market"
> 1989: "Sun kicks off 386I graphics board" (GXI)
> 1990: Solbourne SPARC clone w/SGA40 and SGS50 accelerators
> 1990: VX and MVX accelerators
> 1991: Sun sells unit that makes VX and MVX, keeping GX, GXplus, GS and GT
> 1992: Freedom Series (E&S accelerator for Sun, DEC & HP)
> 1993: SPARCstation 10 ZX "High-end 3-D graphics"
> ...and so-on
> How many of these are true 3D acceleration, I don't know except for
> Freedom Series as I worked at E&S at the time.
> There were a bunch more in the 1990s that didn't necessarily hit the
> pages of those trade rags.  They had names that I can't remember now,
> but would recognize if I saw them.  It seems that "Creator 3D" was one
> and so was "Expert 3D".
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