Benchmark Electronics Announces Joint Effort With Silicon Graphics and NASA

December 8, 2008

ANGLETON, Texas, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Benchmark Electronics,
Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading contract manufacturing provider, announced today
that, through a strategic alliance with Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI)
(Nasdaq: SGIC), it helped create the computer system for which NASA achieved
the ranking of third fastest supercomputer in the world.

NASA’s new Pleiades system is a 51,200-core SGI(R) Altix(R) ICE 8200EX
system from SGI and is capable of generating a theoretical peak of 609
trillion operations per second (TeraFLOPS). Benchmark worked closely with
Silicon Graphics to manufacture Pleiades, which SGI deployed and optimized at
the NASA Advanced Supercomputing facility at NASA’s Ames Research Center in
Moffett Field, California. The supercomputer is expected to support the
development of the space agency’s next-generation space fleet, along with
projects related to all other NASA mission directorates.

As a strategic partner to SGI, Benchmark Electronics contributed to the
program’s success by providing new product introduction services (NPI),
printed circuit board assembly (PCBA), system integration (chassis build) and
functional test. Benchmark’s manufacturing teams were responsive to NASA’s
needs and delivered quality product, on schedule. As a result, NASA and
Silicon Graphics were able to deliver a productive, world-class supercomputing
resource to NASA researchers just weeks after installation began.

Silicon Graphics, Inc. (Nasdaq: SGIC) is a leader in high-performance
computing. SGI delivers a complete range of high-performance server and
storage solutions along with industry-leading professional services and
support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex
data-intensive workflows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation
and information transformation. SGI solutions help customers solve their
computing challenges whether it’s enhancing the quality of life through drug
research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and
airplanes, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland
security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices
worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, and can be
found on the Web at http://www.sgi.com.

Benchmark Electronics, Inc. provides electronics manufacturing, design and
engineering services to original equipment manufacturers of computers and
related products for business enterprises, medical devices, industrial control
equipment, testing and instrumentation products, and telecommunication
equipment. Benchmark’s global operations include 20 facilities in ten
countries. Benchmark’s Common Shares trade on the New York Stock Exchange
under the symbol BHE.

SGI and Altix are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the
United States
and/or other countries worldwide.

SOURCE Benchmark Electronics, Inc.

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