Mercury Computer Unveils Open Inventor 5.0 for Real-Time, 3D Visualization

8/11/2004 - Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) announced at SIGGRAPH 2004, version 5.0 of Open InventorTM, the most widely used object-oriented, cross-platform three-dimensional (3D) graphics application programming interface (API) for C++ and Java developers. Open Inventor 5.0 offers several new robust components for rapid application development, making it a more powerful graphic display system for real-time, 3D visualization.

"Open Inventor has become the de facto standard for development of cross-platform (Windows, UNIX, Linux) 3D graphics applications in C++ and Java," said Didier Thibaud, vice president and general manager, Imaging and Visualization Solutions, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. "Version 5.0 from Mercury enables developers to increase productivity by reducing time to market and optimizing their development costs and resources."

Version 5.0 of Open Inventor has many added features that broaden its functionality, including more than 1,000 classes and an intuitive, easy-to-use programming interface that allows for rapid prototyping and development of graphics applications. Major enhancements include:

New Platforms

New Features

MeshViz (formerly DataViz) Extension

VolumeViz Extension

HardCopy Extension

MultiPipe Extension

Open Inventor has an extensible architecture that allows developers to add their own functionality. Mercury is offering extensions to the toolkit that will allow the developer to "mix and match" the extensions as needed, and create a toolkit that is customized to their specifications.

The Mercury TGS SeriesTM includes Open Inventor and amira®, each designed specifically to use OpenGL for graphics rendering and to enable the power and functionality of OpenGL at an object-oriented level. Mercury plans to demonstrate the TGS Series products in booth #1930 on a number of displays and platforms.

About Mercury Computer Systems, Inc.
Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY) is the leading supplier of high-performance embedded, real-time digital signal and image processing computer systems. Mercury’s products play a critical role in a wide range of applications, transforming sensor data to information for analysis and interpretation. In military reconnaissance and surveillance platforms, the Company’s systems process real-time radar, sonar, and signals intelligence data. Mercury’s systems are also used in state-of-the-art medical diagnostic imaging devices including MRI, PET, and digital X-ray, and in semiconductor imaging applications including photomask generation and wafer inspection. Mercury provides advanced 3D image processing and visualization software and optimized systems to diverse end markets including life sciences, geosciences, and simulation. The Company also develops radio frequency (RF) products for enhanced communications capabilities in military and commercial applications.

Based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury serves customers in North America, Europe and Asia through its direct sales force and a network of subsidiaries and distributors. Visit Mercury on the web:

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