Linked by Swami Gattas on Wed 16th Feb 2005 22:05 UTC
SGI and IRIX CGChannel.com reports the immediate release of Maya 6.5, an award winning professional grade 3D Suite and a major part of the IRIX culture. Of interest is that this release marks the final release of the once SGI-owned software for Irix. It is sad to see the OS lose support as SGI has shifted focus to Linux.
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... That was in 1996 or something before first RIVA comes to PC platform.

Some links to follows:
http://www.nvidia.com/object/IO_20020109_6019.html
http://www.cooley.com/practices/cases.aspx?practiceid=37406020

Cooley Goodward LLP:
"We defended NVIDIA, a developer of cutting-edge graphics accelerator chips and technologies, in several patent litigation matters with Silicon Graphics (SGI). After a long period of negotiations that ran concurrently with a federal patent litigation trial in Delaware, SGI and NVIDIA formed a strategic alliance. As part of the agreement, SGI dismissed its patent infringement suit and NVIDIA licensed SGI’s 3D graphics patents. The settlement and collaboration deal were reached after the evidenced had closed, but before jury deliberation."

I always remember NVIDIA first appear on SGI, then PC. But please comment if I'd make a mistake.