SOURCE: Quantum3D, Inc.

March 05, 2008 02:27 ET

Quantum3D Announces IGL178 COTS, Software-Based GPU for Safety-Critical Applications

IGL178 Is the Visual Computing Industry's First COTS, Obsolescence-Proof, High-Performance, FAA DO-178B Level-A Certifiable, Software-Based OpenGL SC and ES Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) That Enables Advanced Realtime 2D/3D Graphics and Video on Virtually Any Embedded Platform

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - March 5, 2008) - Avionics 08 Conference - Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of Commercial, Off-the-Shelf (COTS) open-architecture, realtime visual computing solutions, today announced the release of IGL178™, the industry's first, entirely software-based, FAA DO-178B Level-A certifiable OpenGL® Safety Critical (SC) and OpenGL Embedded Systems (ES) Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).

IGL178 enables avionics and other safety-critical visual computing application developers to deploy industry-standard realtime OpenGL ES and SC applications on virtually any embedded system or display device, including systems not equipped with hardware-accelerated GPUs. IGL187 also enables GPU-equipped systems for which safety-critical certifiable drivers are not available to host certified applications by eliminating un-trusted driver code. With its ability to support high-fidelity, high-performance realtime 2D and 3D graphics and video applications on a wide range of systems and operating environments, IGL178 is well suited for development and deployment of new classes of low-cost, obsolescence-proof avionics, weapon systems and other advanced-display applications, including Primary and Multi-Function Displays (PFDs and MFDs), Heads-Up Displays (HUDS), Standby Instruments and Soft Controllers. IGL178 also features unique capabilities that make it ideal for new applications, including scaleable Avionics Application Standard Software Interface (ARINC 653) partitioned safety-critical and multilevel-secure workstation applications.

Designed for avionics and other safety- and mission-critical embedded visual computing applications, IGL178 is an efficient, small-footprint, comprehensive software implementation of OpenGL ES and SC that features extensive optimizations to provide high-performance, high-fidelity, precision software-based rendering. A key benefit of IGL178 is that it offers application developers a scalable solution for embedded graphics that supports both CPU-accelerated and GPU-accelerated graphics subsystems with a single industry-standard API so that applications may be readily deployed across multiple platform types with minimal time and development expense. With its software-only implementation and intrinsically flexible architecture, IGL178 also provides a unique GPU solution to challenging embedded visual computing problems including ARINC 653 Multi-Critical and Multi-Rate partitioned display applications and Multi-Level-Secure Workstation applications.

"IGL178 addresses many of the biggest problems facing the safety-critical embedded graphics industry today -- COTS GPU scalability, certifiability and obsolescence," said Ross Q. Smith, Quantum3D President and Co-Founder. "By enabling the usage of industry-standard OpenGL ES and SC on virtually any platform, IGL178 allows developers in all embedded markets to employ common tool chains and common software to deploy long-lifecycle, high-fidelity, precision 2D and 3D graphics and video-intensive applications on essentially all embedded visual computing platforms, even those without dedicated hardware graphics acceleration, as well as address new challenges like MLS workstation and ARINC 653 partitioned applications."

Quantum3D sells IGL178 as a binary software development tool, combined with a Target Reference Platform, for a wide variety of processors and operating environments. International, pricing for IGL178 Development Binary Licenses is $60,000/seat and international pricing for single-unit Target Reference Systems start at approximately $7,500 USD. For FAA DO-178B or similar safety-critical certified applications, Quantum3D offers the IGL178 Level-A Certification Kit and support services to assist customers with their certification efforts. IGL178 is also sold as a component of the Quantum3D and SYSGO, AG FidelityVCF™ Visual Computing Framework and IGL178 source code and porting services for customer-specific platforms are also available from Quantum3D.

IGL178 has been selected for two FAA DO-178 certifiable avionics programs, both of which are currently in development. IGL178 will be on display at the Avionics 08 conference in the Quantum3D booth (#A24), March 5-6 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

For more information on Quantum3D EVC products, including IGL178 or to schedule an appointment at Avionics 08, please email or contact Andy Pinkard at +44 798-938-2676. For more information about Quantum3D or IGL178, please visit or send email to

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