3DLabs en Real Time Visualization (RTViz), een divisie van Mitsubishi Electric, hebben vandaag aangekondigd dat zij gaan samenwerken bij de ontwikkeling van een gecombineerde polygonen en voxel accelerator. Het eerste produkt van de samenwerking is een geoptimaliseerde Oxygen driver waarmee de OpenGL en voxel graphics van een RTViz VolumePro accelerator real-time ge´ntegreerd kunnen worden weergegeven:
3Dlabs«, Inc. (Nasdaq: TDDD - news) and Real Time Visualization (RTViz), a division of Mitsubishi Electric, today announced a technical and marketing collaboration to tightly integrate the products of both companies. This collaboration is expected to enable a new class of advanced visualization applications that require the seamless blending of polygonal graphics and voxel-based volumetric rendering. The first results of this collaboration will be optimized drivers from 3Dlabs for its Oxygen« family of professional graphics accelerators that enable the real-time integrated display of OpenGL« graphics and volumes rendered on RTViz VolumePro(TM) accelerators. These drivers are expected to ship from 3Dlabs in the third quarter of 2000. Both companies are actively investigating longer-term board and silicon level inter-operability of their product lines.
Voxels (volume elements) represent the internal structure of objects acquired from real world sample data such as CT, MRI, Ultrasound, sonic, radar and other discrete acquisition methods. Polygons define surface characteristics and are represented as geometrical mesh triangles. Users have long desired the ability to render and visualize both primitives together in real time. For example, doctors need to visualize the scalpel (polygons) inside the brain (voxels) and geologists need to visualize well-head data (polygons) inside the earth's fault subsurface strata (voxels) as they search for oil.
``The merging of polygonal and voxel techniques establishes the next significant advance in 3D graphics technology -- enabling a wide range of advanced vertical applications on the PC,'' said Jamie Jacobs, General Manager of Real Time Visualization. ``3Dlabs' leadership in professional graphics and their responsiveness to the requirements of integrated 3D graphics makes them the natural partner for us as we undertake this new initiative that will leverage the technology leadership of both companies.''
``RTViz is the undisputed leader in hardware accelerated volume rendering with the highly innovative VolumePro architecture and we are delighted to work closely with this highly-regarded team,'' said Neil Trevett, vice president of marketing, 3Dlabs. ``We will be working hard to support the needs of RTViz and to enable end-users, integrators and OEMs leverage the power of interactive, real-time, seamlessly integrated voxel and polygonal rendering.''