Silicon Graphics introduces new Wintel workstations

Silicon Graphics Inc. has announced a new family of Intel/Windows NT-based visual workstations. The Silicon Graphics 320 will be available in February, with prices starting at A$6,338. The Silicon Graphics 540, priced from A$11,193, is due to ship in the second quarter of this year.

According to Rick Belluzzo, chairman and CEO of Silicon Graphics, these new visual workstations will make "professional high-end graphics and media accessible to a much broader customer base at incredibly affordable prices. With access to this level of power and functionality on the desktop, the creations that engineers, scientists and creative professionals will develop will have a huge impact on the world in the years ahead." The new workstations are aimed at professionals in the entertainment, CAD, animation and publishing industries, and for graphics-intensive Web site development.

In a statement issued earlier this week, Silicon Graphics indicated that the 320 will be available with up to two Intel Pentium II 450MHz processors and up to 1GB of ECC SDRAM memory. The unit offers three (available) PCI expansion slots, two available storage bays, integrated floppy drive, 32x CD-ROM and a choice of Ultra ATA/33 hard drives up to 14.4GB. Support for 9GB Ultra2 SCSI is also available. The Silicon Graphics 320 also features analogue video, audio, 10/100 Ethernet and support for up to 1920x1200 (HDTV and better) graphics resolution.

The higher-spec 540 is, according to Silicon Graphics, the industry's only "quad-capable" graphics workstation. The 540 supports up to four Pentium II Xeon 450MHz processors and up to 2GB of SDRAM memory.

For full details of both products, visit Silicon Graphics' Web site at

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