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Silicon Graphics Inc. ( SGI )
Established Date: Jan. 1, 1982
Founded in 1982 by Dr. Jim Clark (Ph.D., University of Utah, 1974), Silicon Graphics Inc. was the manufacturer of RISC processor-based IRIS graphics workstations, which are popular in visualization and high-end CG animation/visual-effects companies. Jim Clark, while at Stanford University, invented the Graphics Engine, the first Very Large Scale Integrated (VLSI) graphics chip. The company has gone through many significant changes until being branded simply as SGI in May of 2009.