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Press release: 1996-07-08: SEGA SELECTS ALIAS/WAVEFRONT AS AUTHORIZED SEGA SATURN TOOLS PROVIDER

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TORONTO, July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Alias|Wavefront and Sega Enterprises, Ltd. today announced the selection of Alias|Wavefront as an authorized Sega Saturn(TM) application software tools provider. With the Alias|Wavefront tools, Sega Saturn game designers will be able to improve the integration between the content creation process and the Sega Saturn game development environment.

As part of the agreement, Alias|Wavefront has developed data translators to export digital assets directly from PowerAnimator(TM) 3D software to the Sega Saturn CartDev system. With Alias|Wavefront's support of the CartDev device, game designers can now preview content developed on a Silicon Graphics(TM) (NYSE: SGI) workstation in PowerAnimator on the same desktop with full Sega Saturn emulation capabilities. The iterative feedback loop between content creation and digital asset preview for the Sega Saturn will significantly streamline the workflow of the game designer allowing for more time in the creative development process.

"Alias|Wavefront software has become an important creative tool for us and our many developers so we are excited about working together to improve integration," explained Tom Kalinske, president and CEO of Sega of America. "The relationship goes a long way to giving our developers access to state-of-the-art tools for creating games for the Sega Saturn."

The Alias|Wavefront translator software supports exportation of geometry, material and texture information as well as SGL compatible source code for execution on the Sega Saturn. Camera viewpoint manipulation and object rotations can be used to inspect digital content from multiple viewpoints.

Sega of America will distribute the translator software to authorized Sega Saturn developers on the next Sega Developer Technical Support CD-ROM, which is scheduled for release in Summer 1996. The translator software will also be available for download from the Sega Developer Technical Support web site to registered Sega Saturn developers at www.dts.sega.com.

Sega of America is the arm of Tokyo, Japan-based Sega Enterprises Ltd., responsible for the development, marketing and distribution of Sega video game systems and video games in the Americas. Sega Enterprises Ltd. is a nearly $4 billion company recognized as the industry leader in interactive digital entertainment media, and is the only company that offers interactive entertainment experiences both inside and outside the home. Sega of America's world wide web site is located at www.sega.com.

Alias|Wavefront is the world's leading innovator of 2D and 3D graphics software for creative professionals in the film and video, Web authoring, games and interactive media, industrial design and visualization markets. Alias|Wavefront's games, Web and interactive media developers include Acclaim Entertainment, Angel Studios, CAPCOM, Electronic Arts, id Software, Interplay, NAMCO, Nintendo, Ocean, Origin, Sega, SimEx, Sony Interactive, Spectrum HoloByte, Time Warner Interactive, Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Virtual Worlds Entertainment and Williams/Bally Midway.

Alias|Wavefront is based in Toronto, Canada and has sales offices across North America, Europe and Asia with worldwide distribution. Created from the mergers of Alias Research Inc., Wavefront Technologies, Inc. and Silicon Graphics, Inc., Alias|Wavefront is a wholly owned, independent software subsidiary of Silicon Graphics. For more information on products, readers can access the world wide web server at www.aw.sgi.com. Readers in North America may also call 800-447-2542 for the location of the nearest sales office or Authorized Dealer in their area.

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/CONTACT: Katherine James, Corporate Public Relations, of Silicon Graphics, 415-933-3156, or fax, 415-960-1737; or Franca Miraglia, PR Manager, of Alias/Wavefront, 416-362-9181, or e-mail, [email protected]; or Angela Edwards, PR Manager, of Sega of America, 415-802-3908, or e-mail, [email protected]/

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CO: Silicon Graphics, Inc.; Alias/Wavefront; Sega Enterprises, Ltd. ST: Ontario IN: CPR; ENT SU:

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