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MIPS TECHNOLOGIES TO PROVIDE MULTIMEDIA ENGINE FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL CABLE TV

 SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- MIPS Technologies, Inc. today announced that it would provide the multimedia architecture powering the Full Service interactive digital cable television network being developed by Time Warner Cable and Silicon Graphics, Inc. also announced today. The first system installation, expected to set the standard for delivering interactive digital cable television to the home, will be in Orlando, Fla., by the end of 1993. The MIPS(R) multimedia architecture incorporates high-performance real-time processing with video, audio, graphics and compression technologies.
 The new cable television system is comprised of high-performance digital video servers from Silicon Graphics and inexpensive yet powerful digital media set-top devices. Both the servers and set-top devices are powered by MIPS processors to meet the demands of digital media computing. Rather than simply a controller for numerous cable channels, the set-top device will offer capabilities to enable interactive information services, video-on-demand, educational resources, interactive video games and home shopping.
 "MIPS Technologies provides the multimedia engine to make interactive digital cable a reality by taking the existing MIPS RISC microprocessor technology and adding critical primitives for digital media computing," said Edward R. McCracken, president and chief executive officer of Silicon Graphics, Inc. "The MIPS architecture has proven itself in desktop and supercomputing, and it is now ready to meet the demands of interactive digital cable television. True digital media computing requires tremendous compute power for integration of graphics, images and sound."
 The set-top device operates in real-time on multiple concurrent streams of audio and video data. It decompresses the compressed cable signal and converts it from a digital form to an analog one for display on a conventional television or recording on a VCR. The set-top device also provides an on-screen interface for users to select a program or service. It will provide high quality graphics and CD- quality sound. While the set-top device has many powerful features, it is designed with the ease-of-use of a home television.
 MIPS Technologies, Inc. designs and supplies the world's most advanced RISC processor technology. The company tests, certifies and licenses its processor technology, supplying components to the embedded control and computer system markets. MIPS microprocessors are used by a number of computer industry leaders including ACER Technologies, Pyramid Technology, Siemens Nixdorf AG, Silicon Graphics, Inc., Tandem Computers, NEC Technologies, Inc. and Tektronix, Inc. MIPS RISC architecture components are available from Integrated Device Technology, Inc., LSI Logic Corporation, NEC Corporation, Performance Semiconductor Corporation, Siemens AG and Toshiba Corporation. MIPS Technologies, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Silicon Graphics, Inc. and is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif.
 MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc. Silicon Graphics is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Time Warner is a registered trademark or Time Warner, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Steve Schick of MIPS Technologies, Inc., 415-390-2573; or Marilyn Lattin (investors), of Silicon Graphics, Inc., 415-390-5070/
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