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SGI's first NT workstations due in January (1998)

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Taipei (November 6, 1998) -- Eager users waiting to get their hands on Silicon Graphics Inc.'s first workstations powered by Intel Corp. processors and running Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT operating system will have to wait until early next year, industry sources said here this week.

SGI earlier said that the new workstations would be introduced before year's end, but the launch has now been delayed until January, the sources said. The Mountain View, California-based company has already taken prototypes of the systems on a roadshow, giving live demonstrations to its key partners, they added.

For heavy-duty graphics designers, SGI's NT workstations may well be worth the wait, said one source who has seen a working system demonstration. "It certainly looked fast -- faster than any NT workstation I have ever seen," said the source, who requested anonymity.

Although powered by Intel's Pentium II and Pentium II Xeon processors, the workstations will also feature proprietary SGI technology, which adds punch to the systems, the sources said.

Both the high-end Xeon-powered series and the cheaper Pentium II-powered series, will feature SGI's in-house developed integrated graphics chip set, which allows for a 256-bit-wide memory bus with up to 3.2 gigabytes per second of graphics memory bandwidth.