Orlando, FL — Silicon Graphics, Inc. announced that on August 1, 1998 it will aggressively reduce prices on its OCTANE power workstation line, offering professional UNIX users savings of up to 36 percent. The company also announced it plans to upgrade O2 systems based on the 195 MHz MIPS(R) R10000 processor with the higher performance 225 MHz MIPS R10000 processor, at no added cost to customers.
Strong MIPS processor and graphics roadmaps for the company’s entire UNIX workstation line, combined with price moves such as today’s, are designed to meet the long-term needs of customers. Visual computing users span a number of the company’s core markets, including entertainment, manufacturing, government/simulation and energy/sciences.
“With this announcement, Silicon Graphics reinforces its long-term commitment to provide users with innovative, competitive UNIX workstations,” said David Orton, senior vice president of the Visual Systems Group for Silicon Graphics, Inc. “We have streamlined operations, which allows us to continue to push pricing down while offering upgradable systems with the high-performance, differentiated feature sets that our customers demand.”
Just two months ago, Silicon Graphics introduced the 250 MHz MIPS OCTANE/SSE, a powerful UNIX workstation that features the company’s revolutionary crossbar switch architecture and new high-performance E-Series graphics to deliver exceptional performance on the desktop. Silicon Graphics will drop the list price of this system by 36 percent (nearly $15,000) to $24,995, placing it well within the sweet spot for mainstream users in the CAD and 3D animation markets.