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SILICON GRAPHICS AND SIEMENS NIXDORF ENTER INTO WORLDWIDE STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP

           SILICON GRAPHICS AND SIEMENS NIXDORF ENTER
             INTO WORLDWIDE STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI) and Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG today announced that they have entered into a long-term, strategic relationship in the field of workstation and server products.  This relationship includes Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) distribution, software licensing and mutual licensing of
selected technology.   Siemens Nixdorf intends to market Silicon Graphics' line of IRIS 4D(TM) systems within its strategic core product line, which the two companies expect to be worth $100 million in sales for Silicon Graphics over three years.
    Siemens Nixdorf will have unrestricted, nonexclusive worldwide marketing rights for all Silicon Graphics products.  These products will include Silicon Graphics' recently introduced IRIS Indigo(TM), and IRIS POWER Series(TM) systems.
    "Silicon Graphics has been chosen because of its proven technology leadership and its ability to deliver innovative products to the market quickly," said Dr. Horst Nasko, vice chairman of Siemens Nixdorf.  "These products will enhance and complement Siemens Nixdorf's strategic product direction in open systems based upon the UNIX(R) operating system and MIPS RISC architecture."
    "Our partnership with Europe's number one computer manufacturer will make new computing options readily available around the world," said Edward R. McCracken, president and CEO of Silicon Graphics. "Siemens Nixdorf's strength in systems integration will enhance Silicon Graphics' ability to deliver power and visualization capabilities to large numbers of users worldwide."
    Both partners are active participants in the Advanced Computing Environment (ACE) initiative.  The ACE initiative includes more than 200 companies dedicated to promoting a standards-based open computing environment for a new class of advanced computing systems.  This relationship will accelerate the availability of ACE systems worldwide and is an important step in making the Advanced RISC Computing (ARC) specification a standard in the industry.
    Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG, headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, is one of the leading European computer companies, with a workforce of more than 50,000 employees and a sales and service network in 45 countries worldwide.  As a major universal supplier of computer products and integrations services, Siemens Nixdorf ranks among the world's major information technology specialists and is a leading supplier of UNIX-based systems.
    Silicon Graphics Inc. is the leading manufacturer of visual computing systems.  The company delivers three-dimensional graphics, color and real-time technologies to the technical, scientific and creative computing marketplace.  Silicon Graphics Inc. has offices worldwide and headquarters in Mountain View.
    Silicon Graphics, the Silicon Graphics logo and IRIS are registered trademarks, and IRIS 4D, IRIS Indigo, IRIS POWER Series and IRIX are trademarks of Silicon Graphics Inc.  UNIX is a registered trademark of Unix Systems Laboratories Inc.
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    /CONTACT:  Jill Grossman, media (U.S.) 415-335-1516; Marilyn Lattin, financial (U.S.), 415-335-7070; or Suse Fritzenschaft (Germany), 49-89-46-108-151, all of Silicon Graphics; or Michele Nadeem (U.S.), 617-273-0480; or Manuela Abendroth (Germany), 49-89-636-42852, both of Siemens Nixdorf/
    (SGI) CO:  Silicon Graphics:  SiN?ixdorf ST:  California IN:  CPR SU:  CON RM -- SJ008 -- 4591 11/18/91 16:00 EST
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