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New systems feature revolutionary imaging capabilities and the industry's
lowest-cost real-time video capture/compression technology, both developed by
--SPARCstation 10SX -- providing industry-leading image processing
performance, full 24-bit color, 3-D graphics and hardware-accelerated video
--SPARCstation 10M -- offering all of the capabilities of the SPARCstation
10SX, plus real-time video capture/compression and a video camera.
--SPARCclassic M -- at $4,995, the industry's most inexpensive, fully
configured multimedia workstation. It includes a camera, real-time video
capture/compression card -- enabling multimedia conferencing over standard
networks -- and a storage disk.
In the area of imaging, the SPARCstation 10SX delivers unmatched per-
formance and capabilites among workstation platforms. "Imaging" means the
ability to manipulate and process such images as digitized photographs, X-Rays
and satellite data.
The SPARCstation 10SX is the first system in its class with a graphics and
imaging ASIC integrated right into its memory subsystem that can manipulate
images as large as 300 megabytes in almost real time. Common imaging
fuctions -- panning, zooming and rotating -- as well as advanced special
effects -- sharpening, blurring and edge detection -- are carried out
extremely quickly due to the speed of the SX chip.
In addition, SX is the only imaging accelerator that doesn't force data to
pass over a relatively low-speed bus.
The 10SX has superior imaging, provides full 24-bit, Gouraud-shaded, Z-
buffered graphics for interactive 3-D. It also provides fast decompressed
video playback in hardware. All of these capabilities are carried out by the
The SPARCstation 10SX, which is available immediately, has introductory
pricing beginning at $15,495. The price includes a 535 megabyte hard disk, 32
megabytes of memory and a 16-inch color monitor.
SMCC also introduced two workstations providing new levels of video
conferencing and multimedia authoring . They feature video capture and
compresion at 30 frames per second. These systems are the SPARCstation 10M and
the SPARCclassic M computers.
SMCC's video conferencing workstations come equipped with the new SunVideo
capture/compression SBus card, that supports multiple video compression
standards such as MPEG, JPEG and CELL, SMCC's internally developed algorithm.
The multimedia workstations also include a video camera and a CD-ROM disc
containing licensable video and multimedia programs.
In addition, users can take advantage of Solaris LIVE!, an extensive array
of multimedia technologies that support workgroup collaboration, video con-
ferencing and more. Solaris LIVE! is part of the Solaris 2.3 operating en-
The SPARCstation 10M has introductory prices starting at $17,095, available
beginning Dec. 15.
Also available is a "multi-media bundle" that can be used to equip any of
the existing installed base of SPARCstation systems for multimedia. Allows
customers to retrofit existing systems for multimedia. Priced at $1,895, the
multimedia package includes the SunVideo capture/compression card, video camera
and multimedia CD-ROM disc. The SunVideo card can also be purchased alone for