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Xi Graphics, Inc. Releases Wall Display Graphics Support Software

DENVER, July 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Xi Graphics, Inc. announced that it has added a new Series of software products to its Summit Series product line for X Window System ("X") users. The new Wall Display HX Series provides support for wall displays that require what is sometimes called a "stretched desktop" but is better known in UNIX(R) and Linux applications as the "single logical screen" or "Xinerama" feature that allows a image to be "stretched" over multiple graphics cards and several monitors. Standard packages in the new HX Series support up to four, eight, or sixteen monitors. Support for more than sixteen monitors is available in custom packages.

DENVER, July 17 /PRNewswire/ — Xi Graphics, Inc. announced that it has added a new Series of software products to its Summit Series product line for X Window System ("X") users. The new Wall Display HX Series provides support for wall displays that require what is sometimes called a "stretched desktop" but is better known in UNIX(R) and Linux applications as the "single logical screen" or "Xinerama" feature that allows a image to be "stretched" over multiple graphics cards and several monitors. Standard packages in the new HX Series support up to four, eight, or sixteen monitors. Support for more than sixteen monitors is available in custom packages.

The HX Series currently supports ATI's FireMV 2200 and 2400, Matrox's QID, QID Pro, and G450MMS, and Colorgraphic's Xentera GT4 and GT8 used on 32- or 64-bit x86 computer platforms. While graphics cards cannot be mixed, multiple copies of the same card is supported. Both PCI and PCIe support is available.

Features available in the new HX Series for wall displays that require SLS (single logical screen) include a powerful but easy to use graphical setup for configuring monitor-to-card connections and other configuration parameters, hardware-accelerated Rotate, the ability to utilize multiple xscreens, including multiple xscreens that are "stretched" across multiple graphics chips, or an xscreen per monitor (or a mix of the two), the ability to configure "hidden areas" (to simulate looking through a multi-pane window, for example), the ability to configure "irregular" monitor setups, such as one monitor on top of three monitors as in the "inverted T," and more. Hardware acceleration is provided for each monitor's view, and if the graphics cards/chips have hardware support for image overlays, the HX Series uses that hardware to accelerate the overlay image. Support for synchronous video — up to six channels per system — is also available. Large pixmaps are supported by multi-buffering or double-buffering.

The high performance of the new HX Series — as is the case with all of the Summit Series — derives from the use of Xi Graphics' commercial proprietary Accelerated-X(TM) brand of X servers and graphics drivers. No Xorg or XFree86 X servers or graphics drivers are used in any Summit Series. This fact also enables Xi Graphics to offer free customer support for bug fixes and kernel upgrades for up to a year after purchase of Summit Series software licenses.

HX Series products for Linux and Solaris on x86 platforms are available in demo mode through Xi Graphics' Web site, http://www.xig.com, for free download and testing. Users can purchase Summit License Keys on-line which, when installed, convert a demo into permanent product. A license is required for each computer on which an Accelerated-X Summit driver is installed in non-demo mode. Demos are available for Bronze and Silver Editions (Silver has more features), which can be licensed to one of three Levels of support, differing in the maximum number of monitors that a system can have.

The HX Series support for Sun Microsystems SPARC platform will be available shortly.

About Xi Graphics, Inc.

Xi Graphics, Inc. has developed commercial accelerated graphics drivers and X servers for the X Window System on Linux and UNIX(R) systems since 1994. For additional information on the Company, visit http://www.xig.com.

Accelerated-X is a trademark of Xi Graphics, Inc., Radeon is a trademark of ATI, and OpenGL is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group.

SPARC(R) is a registered trademark of SPARC International, Inc. Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc.

SOURCE Xi Graphics, Inc.

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