New visualization software and true full-frame interactive viewport hardware acceleration technologies showcased at SIGGRAPH 2012
LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 6, 2012 — Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies company, today announces its ground-breaking Caustic Visualizer™ viewport plug-in for Autodesk® Maya® 2013*. Imagination will be demonstrating Caustic Visualizer’s highly interactive full-frame performance on the new PowerVR low-power ray tracing hardware reference platform.
Imagination’s Caustic Visualizer family revolutionizes the performance and functionality of the interactive visual look development process by making ray-traced photorealistic rendering, from the start, an integral part of the content creation work flow.
Caustic Visualizer is built entirely on the Imagination PowerVR OpenRL platform. Through OpenRL’s highly optimized CPU implementation, Caustic Visualizer can deliver an interactive photorealistic viewport experience on a CPU-only desktop that was previously only possible in competitive solutions based on expensive quad-GPU hardware configurations.
Furthermore, when coupled with OpenRL running on the new PowerVR ray-tracing hardware reference platform, Caustic’s Visualizer software can deliver true full-frame (1024x1024) resolution imagery up to 15 photorealistic frames per second, without the need to de-res the image or add significant noise during interaction.
Says Tony King-Smith, VP marketing, Imagination: “Visualizer™ delivers great performance on a CPU, but with OpenRL capable hardware acceleration, shown at SIGGRAPH as a licensable reference design, it is nothing less than ground-breaking.”
Chip Stearns, GM, Caustic Professional says: “Imagination is creating an expanding portfolio of hardware and software solutions bringing ray tracing capabilities to a broader range of markets, from the desktop to, ultimately, mobile and embedded. We are delighted both with the release of Caustic Visualizer for Maya, our first product for artists and designers on Autodesk platforms, and with the development of our hardware solutions. Working in collaboration with our partners, we look forward to introducing further products based on PowerVR ray tracing technology, OpenRL, and the Brazil SDK, that will set new standards for visual design productivity.”
The beta version of Caustic’s Visualizer for Maya is available now for Maya 2013 64-bit for free from the Caustic Professional website at visualizer.caustic.com. Rhino 5.0 customers can download the “Neon” plug-in, which uses the same OpenRL-based ray tracing acceleration platform as Caustic Visualizer (See: http://v5.rhino3d.com/group/neon).
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- and 3ds Max® 2013, coming later this year