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TIME WARNER SELECTS SILICON GRAPHICS TO DEVELOP KEY TECHNOLOGIES FOR INTERACTIVE DIGITAL CABLE TV; DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA FOR THE HOME DEBUTS

 SAN FRANCISCO, June 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) and Time Warner Cable today announced a relationship to develop technology for a full service interactive digital cable television network in Orlando, Fla., based on the MIPS(R) microprocessor architecture. A fundamentally new approach to delivering entertainment programming, the technology will vastly expand information and entertainment choices for consumers, providing access to such services as video-on-demand, educational resources, interactive video games and home shopping.
 Initial plans include research and development funding by Time Warner to enable Silicon Graphics to bring its leading-edge digital multimedia and graphics technologies to home markets. The companies anticipate use of Silicon Graphics' digital video servers to deliver digital multimedia and that Silicon Graphics will work to develop a digital multimedia set-top device. Time Warner Cable plans the first prototype of the new system in Orlando by the end of 1993.
 "By enabling people to perform a variety of services from their living rooms, the system will empower cable television viewers to tap into digital video servers and access new worlds of information and communication," said James H. Clark, chairman, Silicon Graphics, Inc. "Time Warner is the perfect partner to create and deliver these capabilities to consumers."
 "We are pleased to be working with Silicon Graphics to create some of the key components for the Orlando Full Service Network," said Joseph J. Collins, chairman and chief executive officer, Time Warner Cable. "The components and software they provide will be critically important in making the new services we will offer easy for customers to access."
 A key element of the Orlando Full Service Network is the integration of Silicon Graphics' Challenge(A) digital video servers, which provide the ability to store information such as hundreds of videos in digital format for instant delivery to television screens. Based on supercomputer technologies developed at Silicon Graphics, these cost- effective systems each support up to 36 R4400(B) MIPS Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) processors and can deliver multiple concurrent streams of real-time video data.
 MIPS RISC Provides Foundation
 The foundation technology for the network of servers is the MIPS RISC architecture, which provides the compute engine. The set-top device is based on the MIPS multimedia engine and includes existing MIPS RISC microprocessor technology and Silicon Graphics' critical digital media primitives. The MIPS multimedia engine delivers the necessary power for high-speed communications, interactive 3D graphics, an on-screen user interface and compression and decompression for audio and video technologies.
 "The same MIPS RISC architecture that is ushering in the next generation of personal and portable computers will revolutionize the home cable television market," said Edward R. McCracken, president and chief executive officer, Silicon Graphics, Inc. "This flexibility enables us to transparently bring workstation power to the home with television set simplicity."
 The MIPS multimedia engine also provides a rich, flexible platform for software developers to create new applications for interactive digital cable television systems. This programming environment will be available to developers from Silicon Graphics by end of summer 1993.
 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.
 Time Warner Cable, the nation's second-largest cable television operator, serves 7.1 million television homes in 36 states. It is a division of Time Warner Entertainment Co., L.P., which also owns Warner Bros. and Home Box Office.
 NOTE: (A) Silicon Graphics and the Silicon Graphics logo are registered trademarks and Challenge is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc.
 (B) MIPS is a registered trademark, and R4400 is a trademark, of MIPS Technologies, Inc.
 Time Warner and Home Box Office are registered trademarks of Time Warner, Inc. (NYSE: TWX) (or Time Warner Entertainment Co., L.P.).
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 /CONTACT: Jill Grossman (media), 415-390-1516, Marilyn Lattin (investors), 415-390-5070, both of Silicon Graphics; Mike Luftman (media) of Time Warner Cable 213-328-0613/
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