Matrox Collection

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Title

Matrox Collection

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A collection of hardware manufactured and software published by Matrox Electronics.

Description

Matrox Electronics was founded in Montreal in 1976 at the peak of the North American computer hobby movement. The company's first product was a specialized video-display device called Video RAM (1977) which interfaced with a computer system  to display computer-generated alphanumeric data. At the same time, Matrox offered the ALT 256**2 graphics board for the S-100 bus-based microcomputers, making Matrox the first company to offer add-on graphics cards for the microcomputer market. 

In the 1980s, the company designed and manufactured a range of graphics products for a variety of computer bus standards. Matrox was also involved in manufacturing of microcomputers (such as the CCB-7 MACS and the MAP-2000 Super Microcomputer). Through the 1990s, Matrox offered several lines of high quality graphics products (e.g. the Millennium graphics cards) and begun to shift its focus on specialized markets.

Currently [2021], according to the company, "Matrox hardware and software products are deployed across a diverse range of industries, including broadcast and media, education, enterprise, government, houses of worship, medical, military and defense, process control and utilities, security, and transportation."

HARDWARE
  • MTX 1632 Video RAM, 1977
  • Westinghouse CRT elevator control card 5206039H01 with MTX 1632 Video RAM
  • ALT-256**2 graphics board, 1977
  • ALT-256-AS graphics board, 1979, with two paper tapes containing
    • MATROX 8080 Graphics Package, 1977
    • Graphics Package Demo, 1977
  • CCB-7 MACS computer, 197?
  • MEGA 1/64 board, 1979
  • Alpha graphics board, 1980
  • BW-Alpha video board, 1982
  • SX-900 board, 1985
  • MIP 512 image processing board, 1985
  • PIP-512 PC frame grabber, 1985
  • PG-1281 graphics controller board, PG-1281/8/1.5M. 1986
  • MVP-AT hardware-accelerated image processing board, 1986
  • PIP-640B, 1987
  • Matrox Light Pen, 1989
  • Millennium, MGA MIL/21, 64-bit graphics card, 1993
  • Impression graphics card, 1993
  • MIL2P/4/HP video card, 1997
  • G2+/MILA/8BC/5 card, 1998
  • G400 graphics card, G4+MDH4A32G, 1999
  • PG-641 PC board, 1991
  • Marvel MM/VGA 32K TV-graphics card, 1992
  • Parhelia graphics card, 2003
  • Extio expander unit, 2005
  • Extio PCIe extender card, 2005
  • DualHead2Go graphics expansion module, 2007
  • M9140 graphics card, 2008
  • TripleHead2Go graphics expansion module, DP edition, 2011
  • TripleHead2Go graphics expansion module, digital edition, 2008
  • MURA MPX-4/4, engineering sample, 2011
  • MURA IPX, board nr. 7479, 2016
MANUALS, TECHNICAL LITERATURE
  • MTX-1632 Video RAM, 1977
  • ALT-256**2 graphics board -- complete technical documentation, 1977
  • ALT-2480 Altair-IMSAI Bus Compatible Alphanumeric Display Interface, 1978(?)
  • MTX-256 Application Note, April 1977
  • MLSI-512 -- the MTX-512 graphics family, Feb., 1978
  • MTX-512 -- graphics family of cards, 1978
  • MTX-A1 display and keyboard interface, 1978
  • MLSI-2480 video interface, 1979
  • SX-900/LX-900 User Manual, August 1985
  • PIP: Professional Image Processing for the IBM-PC, 1985(?)
  • MAP-2000 Super Microcomputer, 1986
  • CP-2000 Multibus CPU, 1986
  • MB-2000 2MB board, 1986
  • FP-2000 Multibus CPU, 1986
PROMOTIONAL LITERATURE, CATALOGUES, PRICE LISTS
  • The MATROX ALT-256 Video Board Product Description, reprinted from BYTE, vol. 3, nr. 5, 1978
  • MATROX OEM Price List, 1978
  • MATROX Microprocessor Displays, Catalogue SF-1, 1978
  • MATROX product catalogue, 1982
  • MATROX OEM Price List, 1984
  • MIP-512 Real-Time Image Processor, 1985
  • MATROX product catalogue, 2003

Collection Items

Matrox MTX 1632 Video Ram
The MTX-1632 Video RAM was the first product developed and manufactured by Matrox. It was a specialized video-display device which interfaced with a computer hardware to display computer-generated alphanumeric data. One of the companies that employed…
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