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KODAK TO UTILIZE SILICON GRAPHICS PRODUCTS IN NEW CINEON DIGITAL FILM SYSTEM

 KODAK TO UTILIZE SILICON GRAPHICS PRODUCTS
 IN NEW CINEON DIGITAL FILM SYSTEM
 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 29 /PRNewsire/ -- Silicon Graphics (NYSE: SGI) and Eastman Kodak Co. (NYSE: EK) today announced that Kodak plans to use Silicon Graphics' symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) technology and recently announced RealityEngine(TM) graphics within its Cineon integrated system for digital film post-production.
 In addition to the industry-leading RealityEngine graphics, Kodak's Cineon digital film system will take advantage of Silicon Graphics' SMP systems and MIPS R4000 RISC processor technology by using Silicon Graphics' ImageVision Library(TM) to handle the compute-intensive image processing and rendering tasks involved in digital effects. Based on the general-purpose Silicon Graphics platforms, Kodak's Cineon system is expected to replace expensive dedicated hardware for digital film post- production, making special effects capabilities more accessible to a broad range of entertainment industry professionals.
 "This activity will represent the teaming of two industry-leading companies in the visualization field: Kodak and Silicon Graphics," said John Kohler, vice president and general manager of Silicon Graphics' Business Systems Division. "The combination of Kodak's expertise in high quality imaging and our leadership in visual computing will create the optimal integrated solution that will dramatically impact the entertainment industry, lowering the cost of high-quality digital effects."
 Silicon Graphics systems have been used extensively to create special effects for movies such as "Terminator 2," "The Abyss," and "Star Trek IV," as well as for television commercials and videos such as Michael Jackson's "Black or White" video. With the integrated Cineon digital film system, users will be able to take advantage of Silicon Graphics workstations for more of their digital film production work.
 "Effects such as motion blur, image convolution and multi-layer compositing previously required expensive, dedicated hardware that effectively priced many creative professionals out of the market," said Bill Peck, manager of Advanced Technology Products at Kodak's Motion Picture and Television Imaging Division. "By integrating Silicon Graphics latest industry-leading technologies, Kodak will be able to offer a turnkey solution that will give users the advantages of Silicon Graphics' hardware for not only video editing, 3D animation and previewing but also image processing, rendering and other pre- and post- production tasks. The binary compatibility of Silicon Graphics' product line ensures that our customers can take advantage of the more than 1,300 software applications avialable for these workstations."
 The ImageVision Library toolkit, an extensive library of image processing functions, provides access to the advanced capabilities of Silicon Graphics' RealityEngine and SMP supercomputing systems. RealityEngine graphics are Silicon Graphic's top-of-the-line graphics that provide the speed necessary to create special effects such as blurring, zooming, warping and perspective correction. Combined with RealityEngine, Silicon Graphics' SMP supercomputing systems provide the compute power required by image processing and digital effects applications.
 The Cineon digital film system converts film to digital format using a Kodak scanner. It then employs the Silicon Graphics system and Kodak software for compositing and painting, and outputs the final product at full film resolution using Kodak laser and film technology. Kodak's Cineon system will be available to users at Kodak's new digital film center in Burbank, Calif.
 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.
 NOTE: Silicon Graphics, IRIS and the Silicon Graphics logo are registered trademarks, and RealityEngine and ImageVision Library are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics Inc. MIPS is a registered trademark, and R4000 is a trademark, of MIPS Technology Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Rosanne Siino of Silicon Graphics, 415-390-1029/
 (SGI EK) CO: Silicon Graphics Inc.; Eastman Kodak Co. ST: California IN: CPR SU:


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