In 2.2.1-beta a tsvpipe (Tab Separated Values) and csvpipe (Comma Separated Values) data source was added.You can get more information here Section 3.10, “tsvpipe\csvpipe (Tab\Comma Separated Values) data source”.
Applications can access Sphinx search daemon (searchd) using any of the three different access methods: a) via Sphinx own implementation of My SQL network protocol (using a small SQL subset called Sphinx QL, this is recommended way), b) via native search API (Sphinx API) or c) via My SQL server with a pluggable storage engine (Sphinx SE).
Currently known systems Sphinx has been successfully running on are: CPU architectures known to work include i386 (aka x86), amd64 (aka x86_64), SPARC64, and ARM.
Chances are good that Sphinx should work on other Unix platforms and/or CPU architectures just as well.
Sphinx is a full-text search engine, publicly distributed under GPL version 2. It was specially designed to integrate well with SQL databases storing the data, and to be easily accessed by scripting languages.
Technically, Sphinx is a standalone software package provides fast and relevant full-text search functionality to client applications.