Mountain View, CA — Silicon Graphics, Inc. introduced new high-performance 300 MHz MIPS R12000 processors for its mid-range OCTANE visual workstations, reaffirming its commitment to UNIX customers. The new CPU enables the OCTANE systems to deliver 35 percent better performance based on industry-standard benchmarks at no added cost to customers. This performance reportedly surpasses that of a Sun Ultra 60 360 MHz by as much as 17 percent.
In addition, the company announced aggressive CPU upgrade pricing that is nearly half that of Hewlett-Packard. The availability of the 300 MHz processor will enable the company to offer customers 25 percent savings on the 250 MHz R10000 microprocessor-based OCTANE systems.
“As part of its ongoing commitment to UNIX customers, Silicon Graphics continues to dedicate significant resources toward advancing the performance and value of its UNIX products running the IRIX operating system,” said Murali Dharan, vice president of marketing, Workstation Division, Silicon Graphics. “The release of the MIPS R12000 processor, and plans for other significant enhancements to our UNIX visual workstations, will maintain Silicon Graphics leadership in the visual computing market.”
In a separate announcement, the company also said it will offer customers a credit of up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a new OCTANE when they trade in any competitive UNIX system. Customers will receive an additional credit of up to $2,000 when they trade in Silicon Graphics Indy or Indigo2 systems.
The announcement ensures that the company’s broad range of customers in the manufacturing, government, entertainment and sciences markets have access to leading-edge technology at a competitive price. Graphics customers, such as AUDI, already understand the unique benefits of applying visual computing technology to real-world challenges.”The combination of a robust UNIX platform with analysis, CAD and CAE software is revolutionizing the automotive development process,” said Georg Weissberger, manager CAD/CAM and data management, AUDI AG, Ingolstadt. “At AUDI, we chose to partner with Silicon Graphics because of its leadership in visual computing technology and dedication to addressing our requirements for reliable, high-performance systems.”