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TELEVIEW RESEARCH INTRODUCES FIRST LOW-COST COLOR DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA; TRUE DIGITAL VIDEO OUTPUT WITH CAMCORDER QUALITY FOR VARIETY OF USES

 PALO ALTO, Calif., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Teleview Research, Inc. today introduced the first low-cost color digital video camera for OEM system developers of multimedia platforms, video telephony, workstations, interactive TV, computer games and remote monitoring.
 Priced less than conventional OEM board-level analog cameras, the digital camera provides computer control over shutter speed, brightness and color balance on a circuit board about the size of a credit card. Its digital output delivers high quality images while eliminating the need for costly analog-to-digital conversion at the host system, as is currently required with analog cameras. With the built-in user- adjustable lens, images can be captured from infinity to as close as 1/2 inch for inspection and documentation. The digital camera employs established interface standards for ease of design into host systems.
 The first applications for the digital video camera will be with workstations such as Silicon Graphics, Inc.'s new Indy(TM) desktop system, which includes the IndyCam(TM) jointly developed by Teleview Research and Silicon Graphics.
 "IndyCam advances digital video solutions for computer users, giving everyone the ability to capture the real world, live at 30 frames per second, enabling them to communicate their ideas like never before," said Tom Furlong, general manager of the Digital Sight and Sound Division at Silicon Graphics. "The development partnership between Silicon Graphics and Teleview Research represents the kind of collaborative engineering that revolutionary, digital media-rich systems like Indy bring to the world of desktop computing."
 The Indy system 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.
 The digital video camera provides the ideal "front-end" to video compression applications for more manageable storage or transmission of high quality images. Video-rich applications such as games and home television can become much more interactive. The next step after PhotoCD(TM) will likely be "VideoCD" where users can capture and manipulate digital images at home or while traveling.
 "We are already in the midst of the digital video revolution. Desktop video capture, messaging and telephony is now a reality. With digital video camera, this mode of input is destined to become as essential to computers as the mouse and will profoundly change the way we interact with them," said Rudi Wiedemann, president of Teleview Research.
 A "developers kit" for OEM product designers which includes a camera board, cable and host interface prototyping circuit board will be available later this summer. Volume production of standard camera configurations will begin shortly thereafter. Teleview Research will also configure camera circuit boards to meet individual OEM customer's needs.
 Teleview Research is an advanced technology product development company specializing in image capture and display devices for a wide variety of commercial and consumer applications.
 Silicon Graphics, Inc. is the leading manufacturer of high- performance visual computing systems. The company delivers interactive three-dimensional graphics, digital media and multiprocessing supercomputing technologies to technical, scientific and creative professionals. Its subsidiary, MIPS Technologies, Inc., designs and licenses the industry's leading RISC processor technology for the computer systems and embedded control markets. Silicon Graphics has offices worldwide and headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.
 NOTE: Silicon Graphics, IRIS and the Silicon Graphics logo are registered trademarks, and Indy and IndyCam are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics Inc. Photo CD symbol and logo type are trademarks of Eastman Kodak Co.
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 /CONTACT: Rudi Wiedemann of Teleview Research, 415-813-6470, or Fax, 415-813-6475/


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