11th January 2001

Imagination Technologies previews Caustic Series2 ray tracing acceleration boards for Maya and 3ds Max at Autodesk University

Revolutionary interactive viewports at affordable price points make ray tracing available to a far broader user and developer base


Imagination
Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies company, today announced
availability of its Caustic Series2 OpenRL PC boards, accelerating Caustic
Visualizer™ viewport plug-ins for Autodesk® Maya® and 3ds Max® at Autodesk
University (Booth #416) in Las Vegas, Nevada (November 27-29th 2012).

Both the Caustic
Series2 ray tracing accelerator boards and Caustic Visualizer for Maya plugins will
be available for purchase from January 2013. The production version of the 3ds
Max Visualizer will be available in Q2 2013, with beta trials from February
2013.

The
Caustic R2500 OpenRL PC board, including a copy of one Caustic Visualizer, will
be priced at US$1495, targeting the latest high-end workstations. The Caustic
R2100 board, including a copy of one Caustic Visualizer, will be priced at an
aggressive US$795, intended for upgrading a wider range of mid-range and higher
workstations. Both Caustic boards will ship with a copy of the Caustic Visualizer
for Maya at launch. The software-only version of the Caustic Visualizer for Maya
will be priced at US$299. Imagination will be accepting pre-orders for these
products from early December at www.imgtec.com/caustic_sales.

HP (booth
#120) and AMD (booth #735) will both be showcasing Caustic Visualizer for Maya running
with Caustic R2500 boards on their booths throughout the event. Imagination
will be demonstrating Caustic R2500 and R2100 boards, working with the Caustic
Visualizer for Maya and a pre-beta version of the Caustic Visualizer for 3ds
Max in HP and Boxx systems at the show.

Imagination’s
hardware accelerated Caustic Visualizer family of plugins brings the world’s
first fully interactive real time ray tracer to the working viewports of the
industry’s premier 3D design and animation packages. Thanks to Imagination’s
unique high performance OpenRL-based ray tracing hardware and software technologies,
the Visualizer photorealistic viewport provides far higher visual quality than
3ds Max and Maya’s normal rendering viewports, including globally accurate
lighting, reflections and shadows within a 3ds Max, Maya or mental ray® scene.
It enables artists to identify and resolve potential problems within their
final renders from the earliest stages of modeling; minimizing the need for
time-consuming preview renders and radically streamlining the look development
process.

The Caustic
Visualizer viewport renderer interactively updates and responds to all edits in
3ds Max and Maya including geometry, lighting and shading characteristics while
preserving their powerful interactive workflows. Selected objects in the Maya viewport
continue to have fully editable wireframes and manipulators overlaid on the real-time
ray traced shaded preview.

The Caustic
Visualizer for Maya 1.0 Trial Version is now available and can be downloaded
from the Caustic Professional web site at www.caustic.com/visualizer/maya. This is a fully functional release that is free-of-charge
until January 31, 2013. It will be replaced with commercial and education
editions that can be purchased for US$299 and US$199 respectively. The beta
version of Caustic Visualizer for 3ds Max will be available in Q1 2013, with
pre-registration to begin in early December at www.caustic.com/visualizer/3dsmax.

Editor’s Notes

Caustic Series2 ray tracing accelerator boards

The Caustic Series2 is the first family of high
performance ray tracing accelerator PC boards using Imagination’s unique ray
tracing technologies in the world’s first dedicated chipset dedicated to high
performance, fully interactive ray tracing in a workstation environment. Featuring
unique Caustic RT2 custom chips, these PCI boards set new standards for price
performance as well as power consumption, making it an ideal upgrade path for
users wishing to use tools such as Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max to create stunning
3D content in a totally interactive, fully ray traced viewport environment. The
Caustic Series2 sets a new standard for affordable, high performance ray
tracing.

Caustic Visualizers

The Caustic Visualizer plugins make full use of
Imagination’s unique ray tracing technologies to deliver photorealistic
interactive viewports for some of the most popular content creation tools. They
enable artists to upgrade their workflow to interact with a final rendering of
scenes in real time while using all of the features of leading edge tools such
as Autodesk’s 3ds Max and Maya, empowering them to identify and resolve
potential problems within their final renders from the earliest stages of
modeling. Using Caustic Visualizers eliminates the need for time-consuming non-real
time preview renderers, radically streamlining the look development process.

PowerVR Brazil SDK v1.0

Caustic Visualizer utilizes Imagination’s PowerVR Brazil SDK v1.0, a
high-level rendering software toolkit built using OpenRL for adding photorealistic
visualization into 3D graphics applications. It is a completely new
implementation of the technology in the award-winning Brazil™ final frame
renderer, designed from the ground up to leverage Imagination’s OpenRL™ API and
high performance ray tracing technologies to deliver real-time interactivity on
any platform.

OpenRL

OpenRL™ is a flexible low-level, platform independent ray tracing API,
designed to facilitate high performance interactive ray tracing using both
software and hardware accelerated renderers . It is available today as a free
SDK that includes a software implementation running on x86 devices. It is being
integrated by a rapidly growing number of ISVs in rendering applications for a
wide range of markets, including digital content creation, film and video,
games, architecture, and industrial design. See:
http://www.imgtec.com/powervr/powervr_openrl_raytracing_technology.asp.

This cross-OS, cross-platform API is the only ray tracing API that can support
a broad and growing range of processors, accelerators and GPUs with optimal
performance. Like OpenGL, OpenRL hides the complexities of interfacing with
different devices by presenting a single, uniform interface. A free perpetual
license of OpenRL is available for both commercial and non-commercial
applications.

About Caustic Professional

Caustic Professional is part of Imagination Technologies,
a global leader in multimedia and communications technologies. Based in San
Francisco, Caustic Professional is changing how interactive cinema-quality 3D
graphics are produced, used, and enjoyed.

Caustic Professional’s solutions, use OpenRL API and are
based on PowerVR unique and patented ray tracing technologies, that
fundamentally change the performance and cost metrics for production quality
ray traced images and animated content without cutting corners for quality or
functionality. Thanks to the cross-platform features of OpenRL, future
generations of Caustic Professional’s products will migrate seamlessly from
workstations to future generations of mobile and embedded platforms utilizing
Imagination’s future PowerVR IP cores incorporating Imagination’s innovative
ray tracing technologies.

About
Imagination Technologies

Imagination
Technologies Group plc (LSE:IMG) – a global leader in multimedia and
communication technologies – creates and licenses market-leading multimedia IP
cores for graphics, video, and display processing, multi-threaded embedded
processing/DSP cores and multi-standard communications and connectivity
processors. These silicon intellectual property (IP) solutions for systems-on-chip
(SoC) are complemented by platform level IP and services, a strong array of
software tools and drivers and extensive developer and middleware ecosystems.
Target markets include mobile phone, handheld multimedia, home consumer
entertainment, mobile and low-power computing, and in-car electronics. Its
licensees include many of the leading semiconductor and consumer electronics
companies. Imagination has corporate headquarters in the United Kingdom, with
sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.

Press
Contact:

David
Harold, Director of PR, Imagination Technologies,      

david.harold@imgtec.com      +44 (0)1923 260
511


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