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Sean Marrett
ex-Slave to Computers
Positron Imaging Labs
McConnell Brmer. Sigh. We should have waited - t were unsuccessful in getting an advance trade-in
on whatever SGI was to announce this sumn is that these are very nice
ly - fnes, well worth looking at. Don't be scared away by the 8-bit graphics stuff - SGI is actually
handling this stuff proper, andhis is the official 
press release that was posted to comp.sys.sgi last week. My impressio:12 EDT
Sender: news at zola.esd.sgi.coor more details, you should consult comp.sys.sgi, but on first
blush the price/performance/graphics balance is just about righm (Net News)

	Silicon Graphics Introduces New RISC Personal Computer

	IRIS Indigo Features 3D Graphics, Audio, Video and ACE
	Compatibility for Less than $10,000

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (July 22, 1991) - Silicon Graphics (NYSE:SGI)
today announced IRIS Indigo(tm), the first high-performance, color
RISC personal computer.  IRIS Indigo is the ain Imaging Center
-----------------Begin Includeddigo, professional users can take advantage of powerful
technology previously confined to high-end computing systems.

"The PC  Message from comp.sys.sgi---------------
Subject: IRIS Indigo Press Release
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 91 21:39lity for under $10,000.  With
IRIS Inand workstation worlds are converging.  Out of this fusion a
new type of product will emerge -- the RISC personal compdimensiooday,
Silicon Graphics introduces the first product of this type," said
Edward R. McCrackonly system to deliver
three- sight, nal graphics, DAT-quality audio, video and Advanced
Computing Environment (ACE) compatibitechnology, bringing togetheruter.  Tsound and
performance on the professional's desktop."

RISC personal computers blend the compute performance and powerful
grapundation of Silicon Graphics' new
computing strategy that makes visualization technology en, president and CEO of Silicon Graphics of workstations with the standards-based, user-friendly
capabilities of traditional PCs.

The IRIS Indigo system is the fostandards for easy integration into existing computing
environments.  The IRIS Indigo sys capable of running future ACE
applicductivity software packages for the technical,
scientific and creative professional.  It aaccessible to a
broad range of users.hics, Inc.  "In
traditional SGI spirit, IRIS Indigo pushes the limits of
state-of-the-art  runs close to 1,500
vertical and pro  Maintaining binary compatibility with the
entire IRIS 4D(tm) product family, the systemlso supports software and
networking ation software.

"Compaq endorses IRIS Indigo as a key early development platform for
ACE," said Gary Stimac, senior vice president, Systems Engineering,
Compaq Computer Corporation.  In accordance with the ACE initiative,
the system incorporates the Mative's hardware specifications (also known as Advanced Risc
Computer, or ARC) and will beRIS Indigo computer provides featureng and alpha blending.  Due to a
breakthrough architecture that enables a much lower price, IRIS Indigo
offers the full power IPS(R) R3000A(tm) processor, a 101-key PC
keyboard, 8-bit graphics, 16-bit audio, Ethernettem is compatible with the ACE
initind little-endian byte ordering.  IRIS Indigo also
supports big-endian byte ordering.

The Ipabilities on the desktop.  veloperss not found in any other
system in this price range.  The system offers dynamic 2D and 3D
graphics capabilities, texture mappiof the IRIS Graphics Library(tm) (GL(tm))
application programmer's interface to a broad set, SCSI, serial and
parallelThe system ships with a
microphone, has built-in DAT-quality audio, and will offer optional
low-co of users and
application de ports avideo capabilities let software developers
add new dimensions and create richer, more intuitive solutions," said
Michael Ramsa.

In addition to leading-edge graphics, IRIS Indigo delivers real-time
audio and video cast video.

"IRIS Indigo's audio and ns will give end users innovative tools for understanding
and communicating information."

IRIS Indigo features a fast balancedy, general manager and vice president of Silicon
Graphic's Entry Systems Division.  "The explosion of new, exciting
applicatio memory, I/O and storage devices.  It has
five audio, one parallel, one SCSI II, one Ethernet and two serial
connections as we 33Mhz R3000A RISC CPU, delivering
30 MIPS and 26 SPECmarks.  The system can be expanded by adding
real-time color video cards,ll as a GIO Bus for additional expansion.  The IRIS
Indigo computer can be expanded up to 1.3 GB of disk space and up to
96 MBGeosciences Life Sciences
Mathematics Scientific Visualization

In addition, a number of new productivity software packages are
cs standard.

System Software

IRIS Indigo runs IRIX(tm) 4.), Silicon Graphics' enhanced vvering
solutions to users in the fol of RAM.

Application Software

IRIS Indigo runs a rich set of software applications, delilor Publishing EDA General Research orating both IRIS
WorkSpace(tm) and IRIS System Manager(tm).  IRIS WorkSpace, the
graphical user interface built into the IRIX available on the IRIS(R) platform.  Many of these applications take
advantage of the IRIS GL interface, the emerging 3D graphilowing markets:

Animation Audio/Visual Authoring & Training CAD/CAM/CAE CASE Chemistry
Coersion of
the UNIX(R) operating system.  IRIX is POSIX, X/Open(tm) XPG3 and FIPS
151-1 compliant.  In IRIX 4.0, the X Window Sis intuitive and easy to use, incorpd environments, offering a broad set of networking
connections including Ethernet, TCP/IP, NFS(tm), DECnet(tm), IBM
SNA(tm) anoperating software,
allows easy desktop and file management.  IRIS System Manager is a
graphical tool in IRIX that manages local and networked resources and

The IRIS Indigo system integrates easily iystem(tm) (X11/R4) is
merged with the IRIS GL interface and Adobe's Display PostScript(r)
for flexible rendering.

The system nto existing heterogeneous,
distribute  Systems that add a 236MB formatted disk drive are
priced at $9,995.  IRIS Indigo will beide direct sales force, VARs,
authord Appletalk(R)

Pricing and Availability

The IRIS Indigo base price is $7,995, including 8 MB memory and a 16"
color monitor.ized dealers and OEMs.  In addition, Silicon Graphics has a new
direct marketing organization called "SGI Express" through which
anyone can purchase an IRIS Indigo by calling 1-800-800-SGI1 (7441).
This program will complement the direct sales force and will assist
them in supporting the Silicon Graphics installed base.

Silicon Graphics, In available in volume in
September 199ual
processing computer systems.  The company delivers three-dimensional
graphics, color and real-time motion technologies to 1 through a variety of distribution channels.  Silicon
Graphics channels include a worldwc. is the leading manufacturer of visis a registered trademark of Apple Computers, Inc.

DECnet is a trademark of Digital Equipment Corporation.

Display PostScriptndigo, IRIS System Manager, IRIX,
Graphics Library, GL and IRIS WorkSpace are trademarks of Silicon
Graphics, Inc.

Appletalk the technical and
scientific computing marketplace.  Silicon Graphics, Inc. has offices
trademarks and IRIS 4D, IRIS I is a registered trademark and R3000A is a trademark of MIPS
Computer Systems, Inc.

NFS is mark of the Massachusetts Institute of

X/Open is a trademark of X/Open Company Ltd., in the U.K. and other
countra trademark of Sun Microsystems, In is a trademark of Adobe Systems, Inc.

IBM and SNA are a registered trademark of Internatworldwide and headquarters in Mountain View, California.


Silicon Graphics, the Silicon Graphics Logo and IRIS are regional Business
Machines, Inc.


UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX Systems Laboratories.

X-Window System is a tradeies.

Michael Portuesi   Silico

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