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SILICON GRAPHICS REINVENTS DESKTOP COMPUTING WITH INTRODUCTION OF INDY

 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) today unveiled Indy(TM), a desktop system that shatters the conventions of personal computing by coupling its own digital color video camera, an engaging user environment and a host of digital media capabilities with the same advanced 3D graphics, imaging and compute performance that the world has come to expect from Silicon Graphics. Priced from $4,995, the Indy system packs more interactive media, visual computing and workgroup collaboration capabilities into a PC-priced desktop system than any other computer in history.
 "By designing its coveted, leading-edge interactive media technology into a captivating system that costs less than many high-end PCs and Macintosh(R) systems, Silicon Graphics has liberated personal computing from the shackles of traditional desktop technology," said Edward R. McCracken, president and CEO of Silicon Graphics. "Desktop computer makers must re-evaluate the way they design, package and price their products. The Indy system will inspire dramatic change in what users expect from their computers allowing them to create, capture and communicate their ideas like never before."
 Indy ushers Silicon Graphics' Indigo(TM) family of desktop systems to a new level of visual computing. The system integrates the industry's most advanced CPU, graphics and digital media technologies with leading edge applications to provide solutions for performance- driven users in technical and creative computing environments. Indy also is binary compatible with Silicon Graphics' full line of systems. In addition, the new system is capable of running PC and Macintosh applications through emulation, by sharing removable media or by co- existing in Novell(TM) and AppleTalk(TM) networks.
 Based on the MIPS(R) R4000(R) 64-bit RISC microprocessor and housed in a compact chassis that sits under the monitor, the Indy system delivers system performance of up to 58.5 SPECint92 and 61 SPECfp92. The system supports up to 256MB of RAM, 2GB of internal disk storage and seven fast SCSI-2 devices. Its highly integrated architecture gives users access to professional-quality digital media tools, an engaging new user environment, the world's fastest 2D and dramatically affordable 3D graphics performance, wide throughput capabilities, a variety of expansion options and leading-edge software applications.
 Integrated Digital Media Capabilities
 The Indy system continues Silicon Graphics' leadership in digital media by integrating a vast array of professional-quality audio/visual capabilities in a PC-priced package. The system is the only computer to come standard with a color digital video camera, IndyCam(TM), which Silicon Graphics developed with Teleview Research of Palo Alto, Calif. The IndyCam can be mounted on top of the color monitor or be moved to capture video and still images throughout the user's environment. The system also features front-panel audio volume adjust buttons, a digital video port, composite and S-video inputs, an analog microphone, six- channel digital audio processing and Photo CD support. Highly integrated analog and digital video enables random access editing, video mail and desktop conferencing.
 Using Silicon Graphics' bundled suite of digital media software tools, users can capture full-resolution, full-frame video to disk memory, randomly edit on-line video files, and capture and store still video images. Also with the standard Indy system, users can record and edit two-channel digital audio tracks. With the optional Indy Video(TM) add-in card, along with a full selection of third-party software and hardware products, Indy users have access to a complete and affordable desktop video production environment.
 Indigo Magic Desktop Environment
 The first media user interface which brings the ease of use of Macintosh and PC systems to Silicon Graphics computers -- while maintaining the power of RISC workstations -- also is part of the Indy desktop system. First available on the Indy platform and soon on all Silicon Graphics systems, the Indigo Magic(TM) user environment is the industry's most advanced icon-based user interface.
 Powerful Color Graphics
 The Indy system also comes standard with a new color graphics system that features the world's fastest X performance, delivering up to 1.4 million 10-pixel X lines/sec. The full-featured, high-performance 3D graphics capabilities offer 26K triangles/sec. Displaying virtual 24- bit (dithered 8-bit) or true 24-bit color, the system also supports stereo viewing with a built-in port for 3D stereo glasses. The new system supports three color monitors: a 15-inch color monitor featuring 1,024-by-768 resolution, or 16-inch or 19-inch color monitors with 1,280-by-1,024 resolution.
 Wide Expansion and Throughput Capabilities
 Indy answers system throughput challenges with a 267MB/sec GIO 64 system bus, a 400MB/sec memory bus, and a 10MB/sec fast SCSI-2 bus. The system also supports floppy optical drive capabilities that allow users to read and write to PC and Macintosh software files.
 Leading-Edge Applications
 The Indy System supports more than 1,300 applications from leading software developers whose products are used in technical and creative applications environments, including architecture, CAD/CAM, CASE, chemistry, database management, film and video production, geographic information sciences, photo retouching, technical publishing and training. Optional software solutions provide Macintosh and Microsoft Windows(TM) emulation capabilities with performance equal to or better than the most popular PC and Macintosh configurations.
 Pricing and Availability
 Indy pricing starts at $4,995, including 16MB of RAM, a digital color video camera, a 15-inch color monitor, virtual 24-bit color graphics, keyboard and mouse in a diskless configuration powered by a 100MHz MIPS R4000PC(TM) processor. CPU upgrades to the 100MHz R40000SC(TM) processor are also available. The system ships with Indigo Magic, Silicon Graphics' enhanced user environment, a full suite of digital media software tools and the free games CD. The Indy system will be available in third quarter 1993.
 Silicon Graphics, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high- performance visual computing systems. The company has offices worldwide and headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
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