3Dlabs Accelerates Hardware Shading for Maya 5 with Wildcat VP

11/13/2003 - 3Dlabs® Inc., Ltd., a leading innovator in professional visual processing, announced the implementation of accelerated hardware rendering for Maya® 5 3D animation and effects software. The entire family of Wildcat® VP professional graphics accelerators, based on 3Dlabs’ innovative and programmable Visual Processing Unit (VPU) technology, powers the hardware rendering feature improved in the new version of Maya 5 software. The new Wildcat VP AcuityTM driver supports Maya 5 software and together they deliver amazingly realistic imagery with hardware rendering, while significantly reducing the overall rendering time. The 3Dlabs Wildcat VP driver is available for free download at www.3dlabs.com/drivers/. 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.

“The new Wildcat VP Acuity drivers unleash the power that Maya 5 content creators expect from hardware rendering capabilities,” said Rob Hoffmann, senior Maya product marketing manager at Alias. “The extensive line-up of Wildcat VP graphics accelerators provides blazing fast true-to-life hardware rendering capabilities to artists and engineers.”

The accurately tweaked texture coordinates demonstrated here use a Phong shader with the Alias Maya® 5.0.1 update and are powered by the 3Dlabs® Wildcat® VP870 graphics accelerator.

The new Acuity driver supports Wildcat VP products from the value-priced Wildcat VP560 to the high-end Wildcat VP990 Pro, the only currently available workstation graphics accelerator with 512 MB of onboard memory. By leveraging the Wildcat VP’s fully programmable VPU architecture with the addition of new OpenGL® extensions, the Acuity drivers provide increased realism for CAD and DCC projects. Alias' Academy Award® winning Maya 5 software is used by leading-edge film and video artists, computer game developers and design professionals who employ it daily to create engaging digital imagery, animation and visual effects.

“3Dlabs recognizes that Maya artists are at the cutting-edge of creating cinematic realism in their work,” said Jeff Little, director of marketing at 3Dlabs. “With our new Wildcat VP drivers and the new version of Maya 5 software, Maya artists will be amazed by how easily they can achieve the most realistic and vivid visual effects.”

The new Maya 5 software is available for download from Alias at www.alias.com/eng/support/maya/updates/. More information about 3Dlabs' Wildcat VP professional graphics accelerators can be found at www.3dlabs.com. For a full list of Wildcat-certified 3D software, please visit www.3dlabs.com/product/certifications/.

About 3Dlabs
3Dlabs, a leading innovator in professional visual processing, supplies a broad range of graphics accelerators to Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation (DCC), and visual simulation professionals. Its award-winning Wildcat graphics solutions are available in industry-leading OEM workstations, in the channel through an international distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs' online store. For more information on 3Dlabs products, visit www.3Dlabs.com. 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.

This announcement relates to products launched in the United States. 3Dlabs, Wildcat, Acuity are trademarks or registered trademarks of 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd. in the United States and/or other countries. Maya is a registered trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., exclusively used by Alias Systems, a division of Silicon Graphics Limited. OpenGL is a registered trademark of SGI in the United States and/or other countries worldwide.

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