CAE USA Selects SGI Onyx 3400 Visualization System to Power Israeli Air Force UH-60/CH-53 Helicopter Simulator

Solution Includes Future Version of Industry-Leading SGI Graphics Subsystem



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced that CAE USA has selected the SGI(TM) Onyx(R)
 3400 high-performance graphics system to serve as the image generator for the
 Israeli Air Force's UH-60/CH-53 Helicopter Aircrew Weapon Systems Trainer
 (HAWST).
     A 24-processor SGI Onyx 3400 system with six graphics pipelines will drive
 the state-of-the-art HAWST, which features roll-in/roll-out cockpits to
 provide the Israeli Air Force with the ability to train both UH-60 and CH-53
 crews in the simulator. When one cockpit is in use in the HAWST, the other
 cockpit can be operated in parallel as a flight-training device. The simulator
 will be delivered and ready for training in early 2004.
     "We are proud to collaborate with CAE in delivering one of the world's
 most advanced helicopter simulators to the Israeli Air Force," said
 John Burwell, senior director, government industry, SGI. "CAE has a
 first-class reputation as a premier provider of a wide variety of
 state-of-the-art flight, tactics and full-mission simulators for both fixed
 and rotary wing aircraft, from fighters and helicopters to transport and
 patrol aircraft."
     Designed to simultaneously process 3D graphics, 2D imagery and video data,
 the SGI(TM) Onyx(R) 3000 series scales from single-user systems to those that
 combine the ultimate in supercomputing and visualization technologies. Only
 the SGI Onyx 3000 series of high-performance graphics systems has the power
 and real-time visualization capability to concurrently process imagery, video,
 3D terrain and geospatial data.
     The SGI Onyx 3000 series is the third-generation implementation of the
 revolutionary SGI(TM) NUMA architecture. This tightly coupled architecture
 with inherent scaling of system and graphics bandwidth is central to the
 series' breakthrough visual performance. The SGI NUMA architecture increases
 memory bandwidth and reduces memory latency.
     The InfiniteReality3(TM) graphics subsystem is the latest version of the
 world-leading SGI graphics subsystem and is the high-performance graphics
 pipeline for the SGI Onyx 3000 series. Given the early 2004 delivery date for
 the Israeli HAWST, SGI will supply a next-generation version of its
 InfiniteReality3 graphics subsystem that will be available in the same time
 frame and will offer increased pixel performance, price/performance and
 texture memory.
     SGI will be responsible for supplying an integrated image generation
 system based on the FlightIG(TM) software from MultiGen-Paradigm Inc.
 
     About UH-60 and CH-53
     The UH-60 Blackhawk is a light transport and utility helicopter used
 primarily for air assault, air cavalry and aeromedical evacuation units. The
 CH-53 Sea Stallion is a medium lift helicopter designed to transport
 personnel, supplies and equipment in support of amphibious and shore
 operations.
 
     About CAE
     CAE is the world's premier provider of simulation and control technologies
 for training and optimization solutions in the aerospace, defense and forestry
 sectors. Headquartered in Canada and operating globally, the company employs
 more than 7,000 people and has revenues in excess of $1 billion.
 
     About SGI
     SGI 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.
     NOTE:  Onyx is a registered trademark, and SGI, the SGI logo,
 InfiniteReality and InfiniteReality3 are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc.
 All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective
 owners.
     This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the
 next-generation version of the InfiniteReality3 graphics subsystems that are
 subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
 materially from those described in such statements. The reader is cautioned
 not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which are not a
 guarantee of future performance. Such risks and uncertainties include the
 timely development of the next-generation version of the InfiniteReality3
 graphics subsystems, the impact of competitive markets, products and pricing,
 the acceptance of applicable technologies by markets and customers, the
 ability of the company to manage a complex set of engineering, marketing and
 distribution relationships and other risks detailed from time to time in the
 company's most recent SEC reports, including its reports on Form 10-K and
 Form 10-Q.
 
     CONTACT:  Gregory Slabodkin of SGI, 301-595-2618, or slabodkin@sgi.com or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.
 
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    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced that CAE USA has selected the SGI(TM) Onyx(R)
 3400 high-performance graphics system to serve as the image generator for the
 Israeli Air Force's UH-60/CH-53 Helicopter Aircrew Weapon Systems Trainer
 (HAWST).
     A 24-processor SGI Onyx 3400 system with six graphics pipelines will drive
 the state-of-the-art HAWST, which features roll-in/roll-out cockpits to
 provide the Israeli Air Force with the ability to train both UH-60 and CH-53
 crews in the simulator. When one cockpit is in use in the HAWST, the other
 cockpit can be operated in parallel as a flight-training device. The simulator
 will be delivered and ready for training in early 2004.
     "We are proud to collaborate with CAE in delivering one of the world's
 most advanced helicopter simulators to the Israeli Air Force," said
 John Burwell, senior director, government industry, SGI. "CAE has a
 first-class reputation as a premier provider of a wide variety of
 state-of-the-art flight, tactics and full-mission simulators for both fixed
 and rotary wing aircraft, from fighters and helicopters to transport and
 patrol aircraft."
     Designed to simultaneously process 3D graphics, 2D imagery and video data,
 the SGI(TM) Onyx(R) 3000 series scales from single-user systems to those that
 combine the ultimate in supercomputing and visualization technologies. Only
 the SGI Onyx 3000 series of high-performance graphics systems has the power
 and real-time visualization capability to concurrently process imagery, video,
 3D terrain and geospatial data.
     The SGI Onyx 3000 series is the third-generation implementation of the
 revolutionary SGI(TM) NUMA architecture. This tightly coupled architecture
 with inherent scaling of system and graphics bandwidth is central to the
 series' breakthrough visual performance. The SGI NUMA architecture increases
 memory bandwidth and reduces memory latency.
     The InfiniteReality3(TM) graphics subsystem is the latest version of the
 world-leading SGI graphics subsystem and is the high-performance graphics
 pipeline for the SGI Onyx 3000 series. Given the early 2004 delivery date for
 the Israeli HAWST, SGI will supply a next-generation version of its
 InfiniteReality3 graphics subsystem that will be available in the same time
 frame and will offer increased pixel performance, price/performance and
 texture memory.
     SGI will be responsible for supplying an integrated image generation
 system based on the FlightIG(TM) software from MultiGen-Paradigm Inc.
 
     About UH-60 and CH-53
     The UH-60 Blackhawk is a light transport and utility helicopter used
 primarily for air assault, air cavalry and aeromedical evacuation units. The
 CH-53 Sea Stallion is a medium lift helicopter designed to transport
 personnel, supplies and equipment in support of amphibious and shore
 operations.
 
     About CAE
     CAE is the world's premier provider of simulation and control technologies
 for training and optimization solutions in the aerospace, defense and forestry
 sectors. Headquartered in Canada and operating globally, the company employs
 more than 7,000 people and has revenues in excess of $1 billion.
 
     About SGI
     SGI 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.
     NOTE:  Onyx is a registered trademark, and SGI, the SGI logo,
 InfiniteReality and InfiniteReality3 are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc.
 All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective
 owners.
     This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding the
 next-generation version of the InfiniteReality3 graphics subsystems that are
 subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ
 materially from those described in such statements. The reader is cautioned
 not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which are not a
 guarantee of future performance. Such risks and uncertainties include the
 timely development of the next-generation version of the InfiniteReality3
 graphics subsystems, the impact of competitive markets, products and pricing,
 the acceptance of applicable technologies by markets and customers, the
 ability of the company to manage a complex set of engineering, marketing and
 distribution relationships and other risks detailed from time to time in the
 company's most recent SEC reports, including its reports on Form 10-K and
 Form 10-Q.
 
     CONTACT:  Gregory Slabodkin of SGI, 301-595-2618, or slabodkin@sgi.com or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.
 
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