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SGI DEBUTS ADVANCED GRAPHICS OCTANE2 WORKSTATION.

SGI (NYSE:SGI), Mountain View, Calif., has solidified its position as a leader in desktop visualization with the introduction of the world's most advanced desktop graphics for the Silicon Graphics(R) Octane2(TM) visual workstation. The two new additions to the SGI (TM) VPro (TM) graphics family- V10 and V12-offer the fastest, most advanced features available in a desktop system, with up to two times the geometry performance of competing systems. The Octane2 visual workstation, based on the SGI IRIX(R) operating system, is a feature-rich workstation that delivers superior performance for creative and technical professionals in the MCAD, digital media, visual simulation, medical imaging and geosciences markets. The new Octane2 visual workstation is available immediately through SGI and authorized resellers starting at $17,495 (U.S. list).

In addition to the new graphics options for Octane2, SGI also announced the availability of a new Dual Channel Display option ideal for applications that require more visual real estate, such as sciences and image processing. The Dual Channel Display option supports two monitors with a single VPro graphics board with resolutions up to 1920x1200 at 72 Hz on each screen and does not require an XIO(TM) expansion slot or additional software or drivers to function.

New VPro Graphics Advantage

With the new SGI V12 graphics, Octane2 workstations lead the industry in performance, drawing over 18 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered, Gouraud-shaded triangles per second and maintaining a highly advanced pixel fill rate of 448 megapixels per second. This geometry and fill-rate performance firmly establishes Octane2 V12 graphics above the published results of UNIX(R) desktop systems from other vendors.(1)

In addition to superlative performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics offers the most advanced feature set available in desktop workstations today. The new V12 graphics deliver superior image clarity with support for 48-bit RGBA (red, green, blue, alpha) color, double-buffered with a 16-bit Z buffer for this feature. This rich, progressive feature set combined with industry-leading geometry and pixel fill rate performance makes Octane2 V12 the industry's most advanced visualization platform on the desktop.

All the Octane2 VPro graphics solutions offer unprecedented feature sets that include many industry firsts, such as the recently introduced asynchronous texture download for advanced texture management. When implemented in an

application, this unique capability streamlines texture downloads for optimum graphics performance when processing large textures. Other VPro graphics advanced features for Octane2 include the following:

-- Hardware acceleration of all OpenGL(R) 1.2 core features and ARB (Architectural Review Board) imaging extensions

-- Hardware-accelerated specular shading with normal interpolation for Phong effects without a performance penalty

-- 12-bit per component RGBA

-- Configurable graphics memory

"With this announcement SGI executes on its commitment to continuous enhancements for our IRIX customers," said Greg Goelz, vice president of marketing for volume products at SGI. "With Octane2, creative and technical professionals can expect unsurpassed 3D texturing, visual precision and exceptional value."

SGI VPro Graphics Family

The new SGI V10 and V12 graphics are part of the existing SGI VPro family of high-performance graphics solutions. Behind the SGI VPro concept is the commitment to deliver the best graphics implementations, regardless of platform OS. SGI accomplishes this by adding its own layer of expertise in system design/development, system tuning, application knowledge and graphics optimization to maximize overall system and graphics performance. SGI VPro graphics solutions include the folloing:

-- Silicon Graphics(R) 230 visual workstation with VR3 or V7 graphics, running Windows NT(R), Windows(R) 2000 or Linux(R) operating system

-- Silicon Graphics(R) 330 visual workstation with VR3, V7 or VR7 graphics, running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux

-- Silicon Graphics(R) 550 visual workstation with VR3 or VR7 graphics, running Windows NT, Windows 2000 or Linux

-- Silicon Graphics Zx10(TM) visual workstation with 3Dlabs Wildcat 4110 or 4210 or Matrox G450 graphics, running Windows NT or Windows 2000

-- Silicon Graphics Octane2 with V6 or V8 graphics, running IRIX

-- Silicon Graphics(R) Octane(R) with SE or MXE graphics, running IRIX

-- Silicon Graphics(R) O2(R) with unified memory architecture running IRIX.

What Customers Are Saying

"Identifying and analyzing new drilling sites is a meticulous and potentially time-consuming process," said Tron Isaksen, president of Austin GeoModeling, Inc. "Octane2 with VPro graphics, Dual Channel Display and 8GB of RAM is optimized to manipulate large data sets and 3D volumetric images in real time, allowing geoscientists to make swift determinations about their drilling prospects. SGI products are the definite winners of price/performance measures and remain the hardware of choice for Austin GeoModeling."

"We have incorporated the hardware-accelerated specular shading capability available on the Octane2 platform into our flagship SYBYL 6.7.1 product," said Trevor Heritage, senior vice president of discovery technologies at Tripos, Inc. "This feature provides our customers with enhanced visualization of molecular systems and aids in the interpretation of molecular surface properties."

"The beauty of Octane2 with V12 graphics is that it gives top-notch functionality for our StudioTools suite," said Phil Brown, engineering director of Alias|Wavefront. "We can now increase the interactivity of CAID models and scenes because of the 128MB of configurable graphics memory, while simultaneously taking full advantage of the screen space we're working on. The new Dual Channel Display option allows us to view complex scenes in their entirety on one CRT and manipulate that activity from a palette residing on a second CRT, all from a single SGI VPro graphics card."

Pricing and Availability

Available immediately, Octane2 with V12 graphics is priced at $28,495 (U.S. list) and includes 128MB of graphics memory, a 400 MHz MIPS(R) R12000A(TM) CPU, 256MB of system memory, a 9GB Ultra SCSI system disk and 21-inch monitor. Octane2 visual workstations start at $17,495 for a system with V6 graphics, a single 360 MHz MIPS R12000A processor, 256MB of memory, a 9GB Ultra SCSI disk, 32MB of graphics memory and a 21-inch monitor. The new Dual Channel Display option is $3,000 U.S. list and is available immediately for Octane2 with V12 graphics systems. For additional information on specific Octane2 options and configurations, please see www.sgi.com/workstations/octane2/ .

About SGI

SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. SGI develops, sells and supports high-performance visual workstations based on IRIX, Linux and Windows NT operating systems using the most advanced SGI VPro graphics solutions for the creative and technical professionals in markets such as digital media, visual simulation, medical imaging and manufacturing.

(1) For geometry performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics delivers a measured 18.1 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered, Gouraud-shaded triangles per second in display list mode and 15.2 million 1 pixel lit depth-buffered, Gouraud-shaded triangles per second in immediate mode. For fill rate performance, Octane2 with V12 graphics delivers a measured 448 million pixels per second with trilinear mipmapping and depth buffering. This exceeds the published performance results of other UNIX desktop vendors such as Sun Microsystems desktop graphics products including Sun Expert3D graphics, the graphics for the IBM(R) RS/6000 workstation products and the HP visualize-fx pro graphics products. For geometry performance Sun reports 6 million 5 pixel lit depth-buffered Gouraud-shaded triangles per second (transfer mode not specified). Octane2 V12 delivers more than twice that performance, delivering a measured 12.4 million 5 pixel lit depth-buffered Gouraud-shaded triangles per second in immediate mode. No geometry performance numbers have been reported for IBM GXT6000P, GXT4000P or HP fx10. For fill rate, Octane2 offers three times the performance of the nearest reported number from another UNIX vendor. According to the IBM Web site, the IBM GXT3000P has a peak-fill rate performance of 140 million textured pixels per second. Sun Microsystems' Web site documents the pixel-fill performance of its Expert3D graphics as 143 million textured pixels per second. No fill-rate performance numbers have been reported for IBM GXT6000P, GXT4000P or HP fx10.

For more information, call 650-864-3426 or visit http://www.sgi.com.
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