The August 10, 1987 issue of InfoWorld lists a number of boards which were announced at that year’s SIGGRAPH:
- Univision Technologies’ UDC-803
- Bell Technologies’ Blit Express
- Vermont Microsystems’ Page Manager 100
The first two were workstation-style cards, supporting respectively 1600×1280 and 1664×1200, designed to work on the ISA bus; the latter was more publishing-oriented, supporting monochrome 1024×1024. At least the Blit Express and Page Manager 100 required specific monitors.
The Blit Express made an appearance in Bell Technologies’ MPE workstations, supporting 1664×1200 monochrome graphics or 640×480 with 8-bit colour, on specific Bell monitors. It was supported by Interactive Unix 2.2 and later and various other Unix implementations, using the
Xwge X server, at least in monochrome. Drivers were available for Microsoft Windows and NeWS as well.
This system makes an appearance in Micro Cornucopia issue 50, running Intel Unix (after Intel bought Bell Technologies), but I haven’t found any benchmarks of its graphical capabilities.
I get the impression these graphics adapters didn’t fare too well against the TI 34010-based competition. (Intriguingly, Number Nine produced one adapter in their Pepper range which used both 34010 and 82786 chips, but all their other TIGA adapters used TI chips only.)
(Bell Technologies shouldn’t be confused with Bell Labs of course.)