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Silicon Graphics IndyStudio Sets New Industry Standard - 01/1996

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Highly Integrated Content Creation Systems Targeted at Advanced Multimedia and Video PC Users

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (January 22, 1996) -- Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) today announced IndyStudio(TM), a new product line that dramatically increases access to state-of-the-art content creation tools. The IndyStudio systems, based on the Indy(TM) R5000(TM) graphics workstations also introduced today, are specifically designed for professionals who create interactive 3D content and digital video and retouch high resolution images for print and on-line publications, interactive titles and animated features.

"The use of highly realistic 2D and 3D graphics is exploding in media from feature films to the World Wide Web," said Tom Jermoluk, president and COO of Silicon Graphics. "IndyStudio systems leverage Silicon Graphics proven imaging, graphics and rendering capabilities and make them accessible to power-starved creatives currently using personal computers."

IndyStudio Sets New Price Performance Standard

IndyStudio systems offer powerful Silicon Graphics® 3D graphics and imaging workstation performance at prices comparable to high-end multimedia personal computers. The IndyStudio systems are specially configured and optimized for entertainment and publishing application requirements.

The IndyStudio product line begins with a complete system equipped with the new 150MHz MIPS® R5000SC RISC processor and the new XGE24 3D graphics and imaging subsystem. The IndyStudio R5000 systems with XGE24 3D graphics deliver up to 80 percent faster 3D graphics and CPU performance than existing Indy systems, based on the MIPS R4400(TM)and R4600 processors. The entry IndyStudio system is offered with 24-bit color XGE24 graphics, 1 GB disk, 64 MB RAM and 17-inch high-resolution color monitor.

The advanced IndyStudio system, based on XZ graphics, one of Silicon Graphics most popular 3D-accelerated graphics subsystems, comes with 2 GB disk, 128 MB RAM, quad-speed CD-ROM and 20-inch monitor.

IndyStudio systems are pre-configured with Alias|Wavefront Composer(TM) Light, Adobe Photoshop(TM) 3.0, Adobe Illustrator(TM) 5.5, Insignia Solutions SoftWindows(TM) 2.0, MetaTools Kai's PowerTools 2.0.1, Silicon Graphics® Network File System (NFS) and IRIS Impressario(TM) applications. These software applications are integrated with IndyStudio at no additional charge.

Alias|Wavefront Supports IndyStudio With New Promotion

In support of the IndyStudio introduction, Alias|Wavefront announced today the launch of a special promotional price through March 31, 1996 for its most popular content creation software, PowerAnimator(TM) 7.0, Composer 3.5 and Animator(TM) 7.0. In combination with the IndyStudio systems, Alias|Wavefront brings the industry-leading power and functionality of its high-end content creation tools within reach of a broader range of users.

"Artists who push limits see the value of investing in tool sets with room to grow. The technological superiority of PowerAnimator 7.0 for building realistic characters and creating the most advanced F/X is now available to anyone considering a high-end PC," explained Rob Burgess, president of Alias|Wavefront. "The IndyStudio systems combined with our software applications provide a clear path to next-generation software initiatives such as Project Maya."

Industry Leading Application Vendors Support New Product Line

The IndyStudio systems can be purchased through Silicon Graphics' value-added dealers as part of an introductory price promotion with a wide range of powerful content creation software. Certified applications for the IndyStudio include: Animator 7.0, PowerAnimator 7.0, Composer 3.5, Avid Technology Media Suite(TM) Pro, Chyron Cindy(TM) Video Adaptor, Chyron LIBERTY(TM) Paint, ELECTROGIG GIG3DGO®, Evolving Video Technologies Antero®, Integrated Research(TM) Harmony, USAnimation, Vertigo Psycho, Xaos Tools® Production Suite and LightWave 3D (TM) 4.0 and other approved vendors.

Introductory pricing for the IndyStudio product line is in effect from January 22, 1996 until June 30, 1996. Systems are expected to be available this quarter.

The discussion in this news release of new products and technologies contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including the timely release to manufacturing, the availability of components from suppliers, the impact of competitive products and pricing, and the other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 1995. Actual results may vary materially.

Silicon Graphics, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of high performance visual and enterprise computing systems. The company delivers interactive three-dimensional graphics, digital media and symmetric multiprocessing supercomputing technologies to technical, commercial, scientific and creative environments through direct and indirect sales channels. Its subsidiary, MIPS Technologies, Inc., designs and licenses the industry's leading RISC processor technology for the computer systems, interactive, consumer and embedded control markets. Silicon Graphics has offices worldwide and headquarters in Mountain View, California.