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IBM JOINS OpenGL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD

 IBM JOINS OpenGL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD
 Silicon Graphics Adds Du Pont Pixel, IBM,
 Nth Graphics, SHOgraphics to Growing List of OpenGL Advocates
 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI) today announced that Du Pont Pixel Systems Ltd. (NYSE: DD), International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE: IBM), Nth Graphics Ltd., and SHOgraphics Inc. have joined the growing list of companies licensing OpenGL(TM), a 3D graphics application programming interface (API) based on Silicon Graphics' IRIS Graphics Library(TM).
 Silicon Graphics also announced that IBM, which first licensed IRIS GL(TM) in 1988, has joined the Architecture Review Board (ARB), an industry forum that guides future enhancements and direction of the OpenGL API. IBM, now licensing the open version of the technology, has become the sixth member of the ARB, joining Compaq Computer Corp., Digital Equipment Corp., Intel Corp., Microsoft Corp. and Silicon Graphics.
 "OpenGL is rapidly emerging as a truly open standard because of its large applications base, powerful performance, rich feature set and open governance," said Thomas Jermoluk, executive vice president of Silicon Graphics. "With the addition of these four leading companies to the list of licensees, users will be able to run applications based on OpenGL across every major workstation and PC platform. No other immediate mode 3D graphics API spans the breadth of computing platforms."
 Early this month, Silicon Graphics shipped the beta version of the OpenGL sample implementation to licensees. The final release of the sample implementation, the OpenGL specification, and the OpenGL compliance test is scheduled to be sent to licensees in July. Optimized OpenGL implementations that have passed the compliance test are expected to be available from licensees beginning in 1992.
 Silicon Graphics announced last fall that it was making OpenGL available to the industry for general licensing. Under the new program, 12 industry-leading companies including Compaq, Digital, Intel, Microsoft and UNIX System Laboratories have licensed OpenGL.
 An evolution of Silicon Graphics' IRIS GL, OpenGL is a rich, mature 3D graphics API that allows PC and workstation software developers to create applications for visualizing and manipulating color images. A rendering-only API, OpenGL is vendor-, operating system- and windowing-system independent. Licensees can implement OpenGL as an extension to native windowing systems, such as the X Window System(TM), or Microsoft Windows NT(TM).
 With more than 1,500 existing applications, OpenGL has the largest base of software applications of any 3D graphics API. Applications based on the current version of Silicon Graphics' IRIS GL are expected to port to OpenGL with minimal effort.
 Companies licensing OpenGL include:
 -- Du Pont Pixel, which is producing a set of software and
 hardware products that support OpenGL in a Sun SPARC(TM)
 environment.
 -- IBM, which plans to integrate OpenGL as a 3D API for its RISC
 System/6000(TM) workstations.
 -- Nth Graphics, which is developing an OpenGL compatible software
 product that enables software developers on both Sun SPARC and
 Hewlett-Packard workstations to program using OpenGL.
 -- SHOgraphics, which will support OpenGL on its high-performance
 X-based network graphics terminals.
 Beginning March 19, Silicon Graphics will host a series of press and analyst seminars in the San Francisco, Boston and New York City areas on OpenGL and the Development of 3D Graphics Standards. Please contact Silicon Graphics for more information.
 Du Pont Pixel, a subsidiary of Du Pont (Wilmington, Del.) is a leading developer of high-performance visual processing for industry standard workstations. Du Pont Pixel is a member of SPARC International, MASS860 and the X Window Consortium. Du Pont Pixel markets visual processing solutions to a worldwide market.
 Silicon Graphics Inc. is the leading manufacturer of visual computing systems. The company delivers three-dimensional graphics, color, audio, video and real-time technologies to the technical, scientific and creative computing marketplace. Silicon Graphics Inc. has offices worldwide and headquarters in Mountain View.
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 /CONTACT: (media) Rosanne Siino, 415-335-1029, or (financial) Marilyn Lattin, 415-335-7070, both of Silicon Graphics Inc./
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