Close development between ATI and software partners provides best of
breed solutions for professional users while ensuring stability,
compatibility and performance
MARKHAM, Ontario--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 5, 2003-- Industry leading vendors of over 30 workstation software applications have certified the FireGL(TM) X1 and FireGL(TM) Z1 workstation graphics accelerator cards from ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX: ATY, NASDAQ: ATYT). The FireGL certification by CAD, DCC, AEC, GIS and visual simulation application vendors assures professional engineers, designers and animators that the FireGL line delivers a stable and high performance workstation graphics environment on both Windows and Linux platforms.
The rigorous and exacting certification processes, conducted by
software vendors, puts ATI's FireGL graphics accelerators up against a
battery of simulations and real-world scenarios, ensuring
compatibility and stability required by workstation users. ATI's
quality assurance engineers also carry out comprehensive compliance,
performance and functionality verification tests, and work closely
with application and workstation vendors to refine the FireGL
products, thereby creating the highest level of reliability and
"Leading manufacturers around the globe rely on PTC's
Pro/ENGINEER(R) to provide the best solution to fit their product
development needs," commented Jon Beaulier, Alliance Manager for PTC.
"After extensive testing of the FireGL, we can certify that ATI's
latest workstation solutions give our customers the reliability and
performance they have come to expect from both PTC and ATI."
"SolidWorks(R) software users demand that their workstation
platform executes flawlessly in their production environments," stated
Antony Hervo, Solution Partner Marketing Manager for SolidWorks
Corporation. "By certifying ATI's FireGL accelerators, we attest that
these innovative graphics cards excel in the day-to-day rigors of
complex modeling and production work that our customers perform."
"Professional 3D users expect the most robust and feature-rich
solutions from Alias/Wavefront and our hardware partners," said Rob
Hoffmann, senior Maya product manager, Alias/Wavefront. "By running
ATI's new FireGL through a rigorous and thorough testing process on
both Windows and Linux platforms, we ensured that the combination of
the FireGL accelerators with Maya and StudioTools gives users an
extremely powerful and stable work environment."
"The SOFTIMAGE/XSI, SOFTIMAGE/3D and SOFTIMAGE/BEHAVIOR production
environments running on Windows and Linux offer digital content
creators a valuable choice when selecting an operation system," said
Alan Waxenberg, business manager of third party programs for
Softimage. "The certified FireGL for Linux and Windows from ATI gives
Softimage users powerful, cross-platform graphics solutions that
deliver the features, precision and brute-force power to blaze through
even the most challenging projects."
Content creation applications certified for the high-end, FireGL
X1 include: 3ds max, Animator3, BodyPaint 3D, Cinema 4D, EasyViz,
Houdini, Lightwave 3D, Maya, Premiere, SOFTIMAGE/3D,
SOFTIMAGE/BEHAVIOR, and SOFTIMAGE/XSI. Certified engineering
applications include: ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Catia, Design Space, Enovia,
EUKLID, Fluent, I-deas, Inventor, Mechanical Desktop, Medina, MegaCAD,
MicroStation, MSC.visualNastran, Multiphysics, OneSpace Designer
Modeling, PowerSHAPE, Pro/ENGINEER, Solid Edge, SolidWorks,
StudioTools, Tebis, ThinkDesign, Unigraphics.
Applications certified for the mid-range FireGL Z1 include: 3ds
max, Animator3, BodyPaint 3D, Cinema 4D, EasyViz, Houdini, Lightwave
3D, Maya, Softimage/3D, Softimage/XSI, ArcGIS, EUKLID, Inventor,
Medina, MegaCAD, MicroStation, OneSpace Designer Modeling, PowerSHAPE,
SolidWorks, StudioTools, Tebis, and Unigraphics. Additional
application certifications for the FireGL Z1 are underway.
For more information about FireGL workstation graphics
accelerators and a full list of certifications, visit
About ATI Technologies
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 delivering
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 2002 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). ATI sells its FireGL graphics
solutions worldwide through workstation manufacturers and reseller
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