Why did SGI Silicon Graphics fail

Silicon Graphics relies on Windows NT with its new workstations

Joachim Redmer, Managing Director of Silicon Graphics in Germany, assures us that the decision to go with the Intel Windows platform is not parting with Unix: "Our successful Unix systems will of course be further developed. In addition, we are entering the NT market." The entire graphics know-how of the SGI developers flowed into the development of the NT workstations. "We have not simply presented an even faster graphics card for a PC. It would not have taken us 18 months", says Redmer. The NT workstations are to stand out from the offers of the competitors primarily through their powerful graphics system. "We have essentially brought all of Silicon Graphics' graphics know-how onto three chips and one motherboard. This is all our own development, none of it has been bought on the market. But, and that is the great advantage of the system, it obeys nevertheless all standards. "Every common NT software should harmonize with the SGI machines without any problems.

The entry-level model, the Workstation 320, is due to go on sale in February. Equipped with up to two Pentium II processors and one gigabyte of main memory, the system will cost from around 7,700 marks. Whoever wants to own an SGI workstation 540 has to wait until the second quarter of 1999. It can be configured with up to four Pentium II processors and has more PCI expansion slots. Hans-Peter Scherm, Product Manager at SGI, on the target group of the new models: "Our markets are the manufacturing industry, the film, video and broadcast industries, architecture and scientific users from chemistry and medicine."