SOURCE: Quantum3D, Inc.

November 29, 2006 14:55 ET

Quantum3D Independence COTS IG Solutions Surpass 1,000 Channel Customer Shipment Mark

Quantum3D Independence IG Solutions Widely Adopted for Advanced Military and Commercial Visual and Sensor Simulation, Training and Mission Rehearsal Programs; IDX 3000 to Be Featured at I/ITSEC 2006

SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 29, 2006 -- Quantum3D®, Inc., a leading provider of COTS, open-architecture, realtime visual computing solutions announced today that customer shipments of Quantum3D Independence® Image Generator (IG) solutions have now surpassed the 1,000 channel mark. Independence IGs are currently deployed in the U.S., Europe and Asia and are addressing the most advanced realtime visual computing requirements across an extremely broad range of mission-critical training, simulation and mission rehearsal programs.

Introduced in late 2002, Independence is the first COTS IG Solution that employs a unique System Level Parallel Rendering Architecture (SLPRA) that combines multiple synchronized Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) to provide low-latency, scalable, performance, image quality, fidelity and availability -- all while providing industry leading "technology insertion" capabilities for low-cost upgrades and obsolescence management. Independence's architecture isolates rapidly evolving PC components from enduring IG infrastructure, which facilitates "technology insertion" that lets customers swap out PC components with newer technology without affecting application software and database compatibility. This capability enables Independence customers to upgrade their systems and improve performance and fidelity as new PC technology becomes available, while avoiding "lifetime buys" and other obsolescence issues associated with other IG solutions. Since its inception, Independence technology insertion has accommodated four generations of CPU upgrades and six generations of NVIDIA® GPU upgrades that began with the NV20 GPU in the IDX 1000 and now employs the G71 GPU in the currently shipping IDX 3000.

"We are grateful to our many customers that have made IDX one of the most popular advanced IGs in the market today by adopting the system for some of the most important simulation, training and mission rehearsal programs in our industry," said Ross Q. Smith, Quantum3D co-founder and president. "1,000 channels shipped is a big milestone for any IG, and we attribute the success of Independence to its fidelity, performance, and low cost of ownership -- as well as its ongoing improvements and unique technology insertion capabilities -- which we believe continues to provide the best possible value to our customers."

Worldwide Adoption for High Fidelity Applications

Independence IG Solutions are currently deployed on numerous fixed-wing, fast jet, helicopter and weapon system training, simulation and mission rehearsal programs including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Advanced Concepts Simulator and F/A-22 Raptor Air Combat Simulator, U.S. Navy TH-57C Flight Instrument Trainer (FIT) and P-3C Tactical Operations Readiness Trainer, the USAF B-2 Pilot Evaluation Simulator, F-15E Distributed Mission Training Centers, KC-10 Boom Operator Trainer (BOT) KC-135 Boom Operator Part Task Trainer (BOPTT), and the Boeing Apache AH-64D and CH-47/V-22 Engineering Development Simulators. Independence IG Solutions are also deployed at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency for Hardware-in-the-Loop simulation applications; with the Republic of Korea F-15K DMTS; at Ford Motor on the VIRTTEX driving simulator; and at the U.S. DoT National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS). Additional announcements of U.S. and international follow-on orders and new program wins for Independence are forthcoming.

Independence IDX 3000 Delivers New Levels of Fidelity

Built on the same System Level Parallel Rendering Architecture that provides the foundation for the Independence IG family, the IDX 3000 includes technology refreshment of essential PC components in the system's rendering subsystems as well as select upgrades of IDX value-added IG infrastructure and software components. IDX 3000 employs the latest NVIDIA® Merchant PCI-Express GPU technology -- which enables it to deliver up to two times the pixel fill rate and four times the pixel and vertex shader performance of prior generation IDX 2500 systems. IDX 3000, similar to earlier IDX models, employs nVSync™, Quantum3D's patented (U.S. Patent No. 6,646,645) precision synchronization technology that enables flexible genlock and output video capabilities along with precision synchronization of up to 64 channels -- with 1, 2, 4 or 8 graphics boards per channel with independent "swap domains" for channel-specific load-management. IDX 3000 also supports Quantum3D Clarity™ full-scene anti-aliasing (FSAA), which supports up to 128 sub-pixel samples and, when coupled with IDX 3000's support for up to 12 megapixels resolution per channel, provides visual acuity and target recognition levels that set the benchmark for fidelity in the industry. With its scalability, IDX 3000 configurations may be tailored to meet program budget, image quality, performance, and fidelity requirements on a per-channel basis.

IDX 3000 includes Mantis®, Quantum3D's shader-based realtime scene management software suite that provides unprecedented visual fidelity along with one of the most comprehensive set of essential IG capabilities available in the industry. IDX 3000 is compatible with important vis-sim standards including CIGI, DIS, CDB, NPSI, OpenFlight®, DI-Guy® and TerraPage®. IDX 3000 is available with numerous software, content and system options including "four-nines" (0.9999) effective availability, diskless renderer operation via Centralized Storage Architecture (CSA™1) and true 16-bit dynamic range physics-based sensor simulation via Quantum3D Enhanced Sensor Simulation Technology (QUEST™). With QUEST, IDX 3000 is the only IG today that provides true 16-bit dynamic range with JRM Technology SigSim™ MODTRAN-4 compatible at-aperture rendering and near zero-latency FPGA-accelerated sensor post-processing and OpenGL®-based symbology/reticle overlays for "real world" sensor characterization and validation. In addition, IDX 3000 is compatible with popular radar simulation products that include Camber Radar Toolkit, Boeing MMRS and others.

Quantum3D will demonstrate IDX 3000 ER, GeoScapeSE™ Synthetic Environments, Facets® Realtime 3D Models, ExpeditionDI® Man Wearable Immersive Training Platform, Thermite® Tactical Visual for Embedded Training Applications and IData® Embedded Visual Computing Toolkit at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) 2006 in the Quantum3D (No. 1301 & 1401) and in select partner booths. Please email salesinfo@quantum3d.com or call +1 (407) 737-8800 x 100 for more details.

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 Visual and Sensor Simulation and Training (VSST) and Embedded Visual Computing (EVC) markets. 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.

Quantum3D, the Quantum3D logo, Independence, Mantis, Facets, Thermite and ExpeditionDI are registered trademarks and GeoScapeSE, CSA, Clarity and QUEST are trademarks of Quantum3D, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Certain products mentioned in this press release are subject to U.S. and/or International Export Controls -- contact Quantum3D for details.

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