SOURCE: Quantum3D, Inc.

October 31, 2006 04:03 ET

Quantum3D Facets Precision Realtime 3D Models and Conversion Tools Selected by U.S. Army 160th Special Ops Aviation Regiment for Use in CE/CDB Training Applications

Quantum3D Facets Models Tailored for 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) (SOAR(A)) at Ft. Campbell, KY Compatible With ASTARS-04 Common Environment/Common Database (CE/CDB) Standard

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 31, 2006 -- Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of COTS, open architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, announced today that it has delivered to the 160th SOAR(A) and successfully integrated a set of high-fidelity Facets® Realtime 3D Models that are tailored for operation on CAE Medallion-S image generators of the MH-47E and MH-60K SOA Combat Mission Simulator(s) (CMS) block upgrade program and other SOAR(A) simulators at Ft. Campbell, KY. Quantum3D was contracted through the CMS prime contractor, Rockwell Collins, to develop 27 realtime models representing multiple MH-47 and MH-60 helicopter configurations, landable ships, and ground vehicles for use in mission rehearsal and tactical training applications. The enhanced models include special attribution to support sensor simulation requirements of the CMS program.

The 160th SOAR(A) initially has deployed the Facets models in four CMS trainers as well as in the MH-47G/MH-60 Common Avionics Architecture System Part Task Trainer (CAAS PTT) and the AH/MH-6 Light Assault/Attack Reconfigurable (LASAR) simulators. Additional deployments of these models and new models to be defined by the 160th SOAR(A) over the next three years will include a second LASAR simulator, the MH-60M CAAS SOA CMS, and the Enlisted Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Device. Optimized for realtime applications, these Facets models include multiple texture schemes, multiple levels of detail, multiple damaged states and vehicle markings, along with specific material encoding for sensor simulation applications on the Medallion-S image generators -- all of which are key requirements for 160th SOAR(A) simulation and training programs.

In addition to delivering Facets models, Quantum3D has also been awarded a work order from the Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and the 160th SOAR(A) to provide a conversion utility that will enable OpenFlight models to be published for use in U.S. Army Special Operations Aviation Training and Rehearsal System (ASTARS-04) Common Environment/Common Database (CE/CDB) format environments. Under the work order, Quantum3D will deliver the tool and additional CDB format models to the 160th SOAR(A) for use on their suite of simulators.

Quantum3D's experience with CDB was recently highlighted in a paper presented at the Image 2006 Conference entitled "Facets OpenFlight to CDB - A First Look at CDB," co-authored by John Oliver, Quantum3D's Manager of Synthetic Natural Environment Engineering, and Roy Wall, Electrical Engineer PM Special Operations Forces Training Systems, PEO STRI.

"Creating cost-effective detailed, yet optimized, realtime open architecture models for simulation and training is a combination of art and science," said Ross Q. Smith, Quantum3D co-founder and president. "Our Facets models have a strong heritage as the industry leading COTS realtime model solution for visual simulation, and we continue to invest in Facets development as part of our Synthetic Environment Center of Excellence in Orlando headed by John Oliver. All of us at Quantum3D are pleased to be working with the 160th SOAR(A) on this important effort that we believe could set the standard for network centric training in the coming years."

About Facets Realtime 3D Models

Quantum3D Facets Realtime 3D Models are Commercial-Off-the-Shelf (COTS) realtime 3D models that are designed for ready integration into multi-spectral visualization and simulation applications. Delivered as COTS products in OpenFlight® and binary runtime formats, Facets 3D realtime models are tuned for 30 and 60 Hz applications and feature high-quality, multiple resolution photo realistic textures with multiple paint schemes, optional material encoded IR textures, multiple levels of detail (LOD) and articulations where applicable. Facets models may also be tailored to meet unique simulation requirements, as was successfully completed for the 160th SOAR(A). Facets realtime 3D models, along with the Quantum3D family of IG Solutions for the Visual and Sensor Simulation and Training Market will be demonstrated at I/ITSEC 2006 in the Quantum3D Booths (1301 and 1401) and in select partner booths. For more information on Facets Realtime 3D Models or other Quantum3D products, please contact Quantum3D at salesinfo@quantum3d.com or call +1 (407) 737-8800 x 100.

About Quantum3D

Quantum3D develops and markets COTS realtime, open-architecture IG solutions, embedded visual computing systems and subsystems, development software and support services for the VSST and EVC markets and is a value-added supplier of NVIDIA® graphics technology for the embedded military and aerospace visual computing market. Quantum3D is a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California, with development centers located in Phoenix, AZ, Huntsville, AL, and Orlando, FL. For more information about Quantum3D and the Quantum3D family of open architecture visual computing solutions, please see www.quantum3d.com.

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