Ah yes, the FGS 4000. I was -very- fortunate to work for Bosch during the fun-filled 80's, when the FGS was in full production. One of my responsibilities was to bring up the systems, repair them as needed, and fully qualify them prior to shipping. (...)
Tom spent a bit of time in England babysitting the machine while the Dire Straits piece was being created.
The processor board had a 68000, with associated memory (middle rack), but this was relegated to system control, and very little (if any) graphics processing. The real-time load was handled by a pipeline structure of bit-slice processors (top rack), each dedicated to a specific function. Only later were light-sources, (Phong and Garough sp?) shading and other features added to the product offering.
- 1987-07 présentation à SIGGRAPH du FGS-4500, 1,2 MF
- clip "Money for Nothing", by Dire Straits © 1985 Phonogram records, Londres.