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SGI unveils Onyx InfiniteReality

Silicon Graphics today unveiled the Onyx InfiniteReality, a computer workstation ten times faster than existing SGI systems.

In a bid to compete with Sun Microsystems and Hewlett-Packard, Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) today unveiled the Onyx InfiniteReality, a computer workstation the company claims is ten times faster than existing systems.

The Onyx InfiniteReality simultaneously processes graphics, imaging, and video data in real time and is designed for creating entertainment, manufacturing, and engineering applications. The system will enable users in broadcast television to merge live video feeds of newscasters with 3D computer-generated scenes, according to officials.

The Mountain View, California, company also unveiled an upgraded desktop workstation that will include the R1000 chip. Dubbed Indigo2 Impact 1000, the desktop will run two to three times faster than systems running the old R4400 chip, according to SGI officials.