Game Developers Conference 2003
ATI and 3Dlabs announce RenderMonkey(TM) Collaboration
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 5, 2003-- ATI Technologies, Inc. and 3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd., today announced a cooperative initiative to accelerate the development of the RenderMonkey(TM) shader development tool suite, which is available free of charge from both ATI and 3Dlabs. Under the terms of this agreement, ATI will continue to evolve the core RenderMonkey framework, and both companies will develop plug-in modules that support the industry standard Microsoft DirectX(R) HLSL and OpenGL(R) 2.0 GLslang high-level shading languages. RenderMonkey will be distributed, free of charge, by both companies.
The latest generation of programmable graphics devices - called
Visual Processing Units (VPUs) - is creating the biggest revolution in
graphics architecture in over a decade. VPUs can be programmed to
undertake sophisticated cinematic quality graphics rendering as well
as general-purpose imaging, graphics and vector processing. High-level
shading languages will be the preferred way for ISVs to program these
powerful devices - but there will need to be a new generation of tools
to enable programmers to code, visualize, debug and manage shader
RenderMonkey is a hardware-independent tool suite created to
advance the development and use of shader programs in 3D applications.
It is currently being used by game developers and content creators to
speed their shader development. ATI and 3Dlabs will work together to
further develop RenderMonkey, and work closely with tool vendors to
integrate RenderMonkey functionality into digital content creation
"Industry standard shading languages and flexible,
developer-friendly toolsets are the key enablers of the cinematic
revolution," said Rick Bergman, Senior Vice President of Marketing and
General Manager, Desktop, ATI Technologies Inc. "ATI initiated the
development of RenderMonkey to ensure that software developers and
content creators are able to fully realize the potential of our
cinematic VPUs. We are delighted that 3Dlabs shares our vision and
philosophy of working collaboratively with the industry through
"3Dlabs and ATI both believe that industry standards and
cooperation are the most efficient way to cultivate and develop the
necessary industry infrastructure and market opportunities for next
generation programmable VPUs," said Neil Trevett, Senior Vice
President Market Development, 3Dlabs, Inc. "We applaud ATI for
creating RenderMonkey and look forward to working together to provide
a sophisticated, hardware independent development environment used to
catalyze the widespread deployment of DirectX and OpenGL shaders."
About ATI Technologies Inc.
ATI Technologies Inc. is a world leader in the design and
manufacture of innovative 3D graphics and digital media silicon
solutions. An industry pioneer since 1985, ATI is the world's foremost
visual processor unit (VPU) provider and is dedicated to deliver
leading-edge performance solutions for the full range of PC and Mac
desktop and notebook platforms, workstation, set-top and digital
television, game console and handheld markets. With 2001 revenues in
excess of US $1 billion, ATI has more than 1,900 employees in the
Americas, Europe and Asia. ATI common shares trade on NASDAQ (ATYT)
and the Toronto Stock Exchange (ATY).
3Dlabs, the leading innovator in visual processing, supplies
graphics accelerator solutions to a broad range of professionals
including the Computer Aided Design (CAD), Digital Content Creation
(DCC), and visual simulation markets. Its award-winning Wildcat(R)
graphics solutions are available in the industry's leading OEM
workstations, in the channel through an international
distributor/reseller network, and directly to end-users at 3Dlabs'
online store. For more information on 3Dlabs products, visit
www.3dlabs.com. 3Dlabs is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative
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