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SGI Introduces HD I/O Board for Production and Broadcast Markets
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (April 16, 1999) -- SGI (NYSE: SGI) today introduced
the HD I/O board for the Silicon Graphics® Onyx2TM
workstation for visual supercomputing and SGITM OriginTM 2000 server. The HD I/O board enables these systems to
generate and accept real-time, uncompressed HDTV content in 1080i and 720P formats,
dramatically reducing costs and production time.
Industry Leaders Endorse the SGI HD I/O Board
Discreet, a division of Autodesk and a long-time solutions provider on SGITM platforms, is among the early adopters of the HD I/O board.
"Building upon the support of HDTV production in our inferno visual effects and
compositing and fire on-line editing products, integrating with the HD I/O board from SGI
will provide a major added value to the productivity and workflow of those products,"
said Mahmoud Al-Daccak, vice president of product development at Discreet. "By
enabling real-time HD input/output, our joint customers will enjoy the flexibility to
produce HDTV content far more efficiently, allowing them to focus on their task of
producing dazzling content."
Crawford Communications, an Atlanta-based electronic media communications company, was
one of the first sites to use the Discreet/SGI HD I/O board solution. "This is
exactly what Crawford and our clients have been waiting for," stated Tom Fulks,
senior effects editor at Crawford. "Now that this solution is available, HDTV
production will take a lot less time!"
Another exciting introduction to the HDTV arena, Tempest HD from Jaleo, has already
integrated the SGI HD I/O board for the first native YUV real-time editing and compositing
solution. "Tempest HD is the first product to offer RCAT (Real-time Color Adjustment
Technology) for real-time primary and secondary color modification in native HDTV
format," said Lance Kelson, executive vice president of technology at Jaleo North
The Tape House in New York has received national critical acclaim as a leader in HDTV
post-production, and subsequently was one of Jaleo North America's first Tempest-HD
customers. "Tempest-HD was the natural choice for our HD clients and the demanding
editorial and commercial HD work that we complete every week," said Marc Polyocan,
CEO of The Tape House. "The industry has been waiting for a product like Tempest-HD
that can take real advantage of the power of SGI's Onyx2 computer and HD I/O board and
bring HDTV post production to reality."
"This option is great for Piranha. It means our customers can enjoy all the power
and functionality of Piranha, while working in real time with HDTV content," said
Scott Michelson, president of Interactive Effects. "The HD bottleneck no longer
exists with the advent of the SGI HD I/O board. PiranhaHD now combines real-time,
integrated paint, compositing and editing for HDTV production and runs on Onyx2
"We have been working with a broad range of partners and customers from design
through development of this product to ensure that it delivers full HD performance,"
said David Orton, senior vice president and general manager, Visual Computing Business
Unit, SGI. "With the release of the SGI HD I/O board, our partners are already
recognizing the potential reduced cost and production time benefits of an all-in-one HD
SGI HDTV at NAB
Philips Digital Video Systems - Film Imaging L.O.B., a provider of real-time
connectivity with the Spirit DataCine film scanner, will be demonstrating HD solutions at
NAB. The Philips display will feature the SGI HD I/O board integrated with the Phantom
Transfer EngineTM software, showcasing the real-time
transfer of high-definition content to disk. In addition, Discreet and other beta
solutions partners will be demonstrating post-production and broadcast graphics solutions
using the HD I/O board.
Peak Systems, based in Germany, is showcasing Everest running on an Onyx2 system using
the HD I/O board. Everest provides template-based broadcast graphics production for
fast-breaking news such as sporting events and election coverage. Mathematical
Technologies Inc. (MTI) and Preferred Video Products will be demonstrating the
IntelliDeck, a fully integrated, resolution-independent HD solution running on the Onyx2
workstation that includes Hi-Def and Standard-Def video disk recording, image processing,
standards conversion and aspect ratio format conversion. IntelliDeck combines essential
telecine suite functions within one system.
Support for Industry Standards
The SGI HD I/O board supports several key ATSC HDTV formats:
1920x1080 interlaced @ 59.94Hz
1280x720 progressive @ 59.94Hz
The board also supports genlock. Other ATSC formats will be supported in staged
software releases. The board has a parallel I/O connector. Special cabling is provided to
connect to external serial/parallel converters such as YEM's PSP-292M.
Pricing and Availability
The HD I/O board with a parallel digital interface for the Silicon Graphics Onyx2
workstation and Origin 2000 server will ship in June 1999 and is priced at $18,000 (U.S.
Due to the great demand for early shipment of the board, SGI has focused on a short
list of key formats and platforms to deliver improved time-to-market for HDTV
applications. Over time, SGI will provide software upgrades which will enable the existing
HD I/O hardware to support additional HDTV formats and functions. Current Silicon Graphics
Onyx2 and SGI Origin customers wishing to support both standard-definition and
high-definition formats in one system will need to use a combination of DIVO (SD) and HD
I/O (HD) products.
SGI is a market leader in technical computing, offering the world's most powerful
servers, supercomputers and visual workstations. SGI uniquely provides a broad range of
high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to
understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View,
Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.