TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 17, 2003-- Alias/Wavefront, a Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) company, announced that today marks the start of its 20th anniversary celebrations and the launch of a corporate identity change from Alias/Wavefront to Alias. The name Alias signifies the rich heritage of the company and provides a simple yet powerful name that is well known throughout the 3D industry and beyond. The 20th year of the company has been an outstanding one to date and began with an Oscar(R) statuette for the development of Alias/Wavefront(TM) Maya(R) software.
"Being an industry leader for 20 years is absolutely amazing, but
more incredible than that is what's in store for the next 20 years. I
am proud to be part of a company that teams with its customers to push
the technology envelope to deliver more value," said Doug Walker,
president, Alias. "Contributing to the creation of some of the most
defining moments of 3D history is an honor we share with these
talented customers. We look forward to further developing these
important partnerships in the years ahead."
In the Beginning
Alias Research was founded in 1983, in Toronto, Canada, with
Wavefront Technologies launching one year later in Santa Barbara,
California. Both companies experienced strong growth and developed
products such as Composer, Kinemation(TM), Dynamation(TM), Alias(R)
and PowerAnimator(TM) through the late eighties and into the nineties.
In the mid-90's, the two companies were acquired and merged under
Silicon Graphics as Alias/Wavefront. The goal of the merged company
was to develop leading-edge software for producing the most realistic
digital visual experience possible and it has achieved just that. With
two product lines, it is a leader in its class. StudioTools(TM) and
Maya software are the result of two companies bringing together their
brightest minds and product development powerhouses.
New 'Alias' for Alias/Wavefront
The decision to evolve the name comes at a time when the company
is pushing forward to launch new products and provide even greater
value to the Alias customer base. "Alias will bring new products and
services to market more rapidly over the next five years than ever
before in our 20-year history. At the same time we are committed to
continuing with our historical industry leading investment in both
Maya and StudioTools," Walker continued. "Our new name allows us to
focus on building a single brand for new products going forward and
frees up resources to invest in the products themselves."
Along with the new name, comes a new logo and branding for the
company. To read more about the launch of Alias and the story of the
new logo, please visit
The past 20 years are filled with exciting moments in computer
graphics history and Alias software has played a role in some of the
most defining moments:
|--||Alias software was used to bring vision to life in such cutting edge films as The Abyss, Terminator 2, Jurassic Park and to recent Oscar award-winning films Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Matrix, Shrek and For the Birds|
|--||In games, early favorites such as Donkey Kong Country, Star Control(R) II and Quake(R) took full advantage of Alias technology and most recently, six out of 10 top-selling 2002 holiday games were made with Maya software, including Madden Football 2003, SOCOM(TM): US Navy Seals.|
|--||Every major automotive manufacturer uses Alias software, from Audi(R) with its new Audi TT; to Renault with its Megane II, and our longest standing customer, General Motors|
|--||In product design, Alias customers are creating award-winning designs and world-recognized brands including Apple(R) computers, Nike(R) sports gear, Trek(R) racing bicycles, Herman Miller(R) furniture, John Deere(R) tractors, the Segway(R) human transporter and even Olympic torches.|
"Two decades of pioneering the future of Industrial Design. Wow!
For myself and others who have worked closely with Alias/Wavefront for
most of those years, thanks for giving our profession the most
powerful tool since the first napkin sketch," commented Brian Baker of
GM Design. "The Chevy SSR and the subsequent math revolution proved
beyond a doubt that passionate production vehicles were possible using
StudioTools. Thanks for the first 20 years and I'm looking forward to
the future with you as a partner."
"As computer graphics software has been developed and become more
sophisticated over the past 20 years, Alias/Wavefront has emerged as a
leader in the field -- always propelling the technology to the next
level -- allowing us to produce more complex images," said Jeff
Kleiser, co-founder, Kleiser-Walczak. "We look forward to working with
Alias over the next 20 years to pave the road into the future as
digital film making becomes more and more ubiquitous in the
entertainment and design worlds."
Driving the Evolution of 3D Graphics Forward -- The Alias
Alias will continue to fulfill its vision of the past 20 years --
to develop leading-edge software and services to enable its customers
to create, visualize and communicate the world's most compelling
digital visual experiences. As part of delivering on that vision,
Alias will launch the Alias Visualization Studio, a new
state-of-the-art customer briefing facility equipped with best of
breed technology from Alias and its partners. The Alias Visualization
Studio will provide a space to share ideas and facilitate
collaboration with customers and partners to define the future of
digital visualization for film and video, games, automotive and
industrial design and to help bring new value to markets where the
potential of digital visualization is emerging. The Alias
Visualization Studio will officially launch in Fall 2003 at the
company's headquarters in Toronto.
With the most innovative and advanced customers in the world
developing products in design and entertainment markets that touch
every aspect of people's lives; from the cars we drive, to the films
we watch, the interactive games we play and the running shoes we wear
-- Alias will continue to play a starring role.
Alias looks forward to formally celebrating the 20th anniversary
with customers, partners and the CG industry at Siggraph(R) 2003 where
the annual AGUA@Night user group meeting will feature highlights of
the past 20 years of the company. To register for AGUA@Night, please
As the world's leading innovator of 3D graphics technology, Alias
develops software for the film and video, games, web, interactive
media, industrial design, and visualization markets. In 2003, the
company was awarded an Oscar for Technical Achievement from the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its development of
Maya software, its professional 3D animation and effects package.
Entertainment and games customers include: Acclaim Entertainment,
Inc., CNN, Core Design Limited, Digital Domain, Disney, Electronic
Arts, Industrial Light & Magic, Factor 5 LLC, Midway Games, Nintendo,
Pacific Data Images (PDI), Pixar, Sega, Sony Pictures Imageworks,
Square Co., Ltd., Warner Feature Animation and Weta Ltd.
Alias is a wholly owned, independent software company of SGI with
headquarters in Toronto and custom development center in Santa
Barbara. Please visit the Alias web site at
call 1-800-447-2542 in North America. International contact numbers
include: Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa, +44 (0) 1494 441273;
Germany, East & Southeast Europe, 0049 89 31 70 20; France, Spain and
Portugal, +33 1 44 92 81 60; Italy, 39 039 6340011; Japan and other
parts of Asia Pacific, 81 3 5797 3500 and Latin America, 770 393 1881.