Silicon Graphics files for Chap 11 and is sold to Rackable for $25 Million

Richard legalize at
Wed Apr 1 17:15:08 CDT 2009

In article <alpine.DEB.2.00.0904011134221.27834 at>,
    "Zane H. Healy" <healyzh at>  writes:

> SGI ceased to be relavent when they stoped producing MIPS-based
> workstations.

SGI ceased to be relevant when they gave up trying to make graphics
products for PCs.  NVidia and ATI ate their lunch by gobbling up all
the low to mid range demand for graphics, leaving only the very high
end visualization systems for SGI.  That's enough to run a company,
but not enough to float a company the size of SGI at the time.

> Had they ported IRIX to Itanium, they would have been able to
> differentiate themselves from the rest of the marketplace.  Of course
> we've seen how well that is working for Sun. :-(

This confuses SGI with a generic computing platform vendor.  Of
course, one coudl argue that SGI confused itself for a generic
computing vendor.

SGI never made the transition to PCs.  Once they gave up attempting to
do things for PC graphics, their talent was bled off by NVidia and ATI
and the end was already fortold by that time.
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