Visual Technology: From Imagine to Revolution 3D
Number Nine Visual Technology (founded 1982 as Number Nine Computer Technology) specialized in high-end graphics cards. Their first designs were for the Apple II but shortly afterward they moved to IBM compatible PC with their „Revolution“ line of cards. After starting with full-length, custom-ASIC accelerated ISA cards for specific applications the company moved to accelerators for DOS- and Windows-based PCs. Alongside using S3 graphics supplement of graphics processors, Number Nine also used their own, in-house design dubbed Imagine-Series which incorporated the later models under the Ticket to Ride brand.
Most if not all of their cards contain references to the Beatles, especially in the shape of see-through prints of lyrics or song titles of the famous british rock group. I've pictured the cards I currently own with special care to show those hidden easter eggs.
Number Nine Imagine 128 Series II
(PCI, 128 Bit Engine)
Number Nine Reality 772 (S3 Graphics ViRGE VX)
(PCI, ViRGE chip)
Number Nine Revolution 3D (Ticket to Ride)
(AGP, 8 MiByte WRAM, basic 3D functions)
Number Nine Revolution IV (Ticket to Ride IV)
(AGP, 32 MiByte SDRAM, some 3D functions)
Number Nine SR9 (S3 Graphics Savage 4)
(AGP, 8 MiByte SDRAM, advanced 3D functions)
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- Number Nine Graphics System CGA
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