Why the name Silicon Onyx? Silicon is the material that is prevalent in semiconductors, which are found in pretty much every electronic device imaginable. From computers to game consoles to embedded devices, silicon is all around us.
The nomenclature for Onyx stems from the SGI Onyx workstation developed by Silicon Graphics Inc. throughout the 1990s. These Onyx workstations were used for generating complex computer graphics in a variety of popular games including: the Donkey Kong Country series, Final Fantasy VII, and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Furthermore, the Nintendo 64 hardware was based on the SGI Onyx workstation.
Put the two names together, and the meaning is simple: it's what's on the inside that counts. The silicon inside the box makes everything in computing possible.
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My name is Alexander Perepechko, and I have been a technology and video game fanatic all my life. Ever since I first turned on the Sega Genesis and played through Sonic the Hedgehog 2, I have always been interested in technology and how it works. This blog is an extension of my love and interest for technology and gaming.
I have written over 200 articles for a multitude of websites -- ZeldaUniverse.net being the most notable -- and I hope to use this blog as a platform to explore all aspects of technology, videogames, art, and whatever else I find interesting at the moment.
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