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Silicon Graphics, Sprint set service

Sprint and Silicon Graphics Inc. are beating their drums over Drums, the high-speed network from Sprint that will allow filmmakers using SGI’s Silicon Studio to send videos, animations or graphics in real time, allowing for quick communication on projects.

The service, which was unveiled at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas, will be offered in two options, including one based on Asynchronous Transfer Mode service of 45 megabits per second.

Sprint is the first and only long-distance carrier to offer public ATM service throughout the United States.

In addition to the ATM services, Drums is available at a speed of 1.54 megabits per second through Sprint’s existing SprintLink, which will allow a company to transmit either video or graphics to another site in a matter of minutes.

The technology for the new system is based on Silicon Graphics’ workstation, server and video offerings. Silicon Studios incorporates software and hardware products from leading video and film production tool suppliers.

The Drums network also offers direct access to the Internet, the global network of 25,000 computer networks, allowing a company that may not be linked to Drums, but has SGI computers, to collaborate with other companies using the standard Internet network.

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