Technologies announces Caustic ray-tracing hardware certification on Lenovo workstations
Francisco, CA, 2 April, 2013: Imagination Technologies (IMG.L), a leading
multimedia, processor, communications and cloud technologies company, announces
its Caustic Series2 R2500 and R2100
ray-tracing acceleration boards are now certified on Lenovo’s ThinkStation D30 and S30 workstations.
Imagination’s Caustic Visualizer family, combined
with its new Caustic Series2 add-in boards for workstations, redefine price
performance standards and the functionality of the interactive visual look
development process. Together they make ray-traced photorealistic rendering an
integral part of the content creation workflow from the start. Offering acceleration speed rates across
popular media and CAD 3D applications that can be five times faster than the already
impressive performance of the Caustic Visualizer software, the Series2 boards
provide an ideal upgrade path for artists and designers using Autodesk® Maya® and
3ds Max®, or Robert McNeel & Associates Rhino 5.
“We remain focused
on what the end goal represents for designers and artists – a faster and highly
productive workflow is a true asset,” says Tom Salomone, manufacturing and AEC
segment manager at Lenovo. “Lenovo ThinkStation’s exceptional performance and
superior reliability combined with the newly certified Caustic Series2
ray-tracing accelerator boards, provides an extremely fast platform for our ray
The Lenovo ThinkStation D30 and S30 workstations
were tested with the Caustic Series2 R2500 and R2100 cards during a rigorous
process at Imagination’s Caustic Professional San Francisco headquarters. The certification process consisted of
ensuring the PCIe compatibility, bandwidth, functionality, power management and
performance (covering all of the PCIe slots) all passed Lenovo’s professional
it is very important to us that our customers enjoy optimized experiences when
they use their Series2 boards, we created a certification program that will
guarantee this with our hardware partners,” says Alex Kelley, director
of business development for Imagination Technologies. “Lenovo also shares our drive to create the very best
experience for our customers, so we are very excited to have them join our
growing list of A-level industry partners.”
Lenovo’s ThinkStation S30
and D30 workstations are available now, and priced at US $1,149 and $1,569 respectively.
The Caustic R2500
OpenRL PC board is priced at US $1,495, targeting the latest high-end
workstations. The Caustic R2100 board is priced at an aggressive US $795,
intended for upgrading a wider range of mid-range and higher workstations.
For a limited period of time, both Caustic
boards ship with a free copy of Caustic Visualizer for Maya. The software-only
version of the Caustic Visualizer for Maya is separately priced at US $299. Rhino 5.0 customers can
download the “Neon” plug-in, which uses the same OpenRL-based ray-tracing
acceleration platform as Caustic Visualizer (See: https://v5.rhino3d.com/group/neon).
Caustic’s Visualizer for Maya and 3ds Max is a
plug-in for Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max 2013 that enables artists to create 3D
content within a fully interactive ray traced viewport. By providing a much
higher degree of visual fidelity than Maya’s standard rasterized viewport,
including accurate global illumination, reflections and shadows, Visualizer for
Maya enables artists to identify and resolve potential problems from the
earliest stages of modelling, minimizing the need for time-consuming preview
renders and radically streamlining the look development process.
Brazil SDK v1.0
Caustic Visualizer utilizes Imagination’s
PowerVR Brazil SDK v1.0, a high-level rendering software toolkit built using
OpenRL for adding photorealistic visualization into 3D graphics applications.
It is a completely new implementation of the technology in the award-winning
Brazil™ final frame renderer, designed from the ground-up to leverage
Imagination’s OpenRL API and high-performance ray-tracing technologies to
deliver real-time interactivity on any platform.
OpenRL is a flexible low-level, platform-independent
ray-tracing API designed to facilitate high-performance interactive ray-tracing
using both software and hardware accelerated renderers. It is available today
as a free SDK that includes a software implementation running on x86 devices. It
is being integrated by a rapidly growing number of ISVs in rendering
applications for a wide range of markets, including digital content creation,
film and video, games, architecture, and industrial design. See: https://www.imgtec.com/powervr/powervr_openrl_raytracing_technology.asp.
This cross-OS, cross-platform API is the only
ray tracing API that can support a broad and growing range of processors,
accelerators and GPUs with optimal performance. Like OpenGL, OpenRL hides the
complexities of interfacing with different devices by presenting a single,
uniform interface. A free perpetual license of OpenRL is available for both
commercial and non-commercial applications.
Caustic Professional is part of Imagination
Technologies, a global leader in multimedia and communications technologies.
Based in San Francisco, Caustic Professional is changing how interactive
cinema-quality 3D graphics are produced, used, and enjoyed.
Caustic Professional’s solutions use the OpenRL
API and are based on unique and patented PowerVR ray-tracing technologies,
which fundamentally change the performance and cost metrics for
production-quality ray-traced images and animated content without cutting
corners for quality or functionality. Thanks to the cross-platform features of
OpenRL, future generations of Caustic Professional’s products will migrate
seamlessly from workstations to future generations of mobile and embedded
platforms utilizing Imagination’s future PowerVR IP cores incorporating
Imagination’s innovative ray tracing technologies.
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $US30 billion personal technology company
– and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more
than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and
mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a
highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by
Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the
company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and
easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include
legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well
as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including
tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan;
Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.
Imagination Technologies – a global leader in multimedia,
processor and communication technologies – creates and licenses market-leading
processor solutions including graphics, video, vision, CPU & embedded
processing, multi-standard communications, cross-platform V.VoIP & VoLTE
and cloud connectivity. These silicon and software intellectual property (IP)
solutions for systems-on-chip (SoC) are complemented by an extensive portfolio
of software, tools and ecosystems. Target markets include mobile phone,
connected home consumer, mobile and tablet computing, in-car electronics,
networking, telecoms, health, smart energy and connected sensors. Imagination’s
licensees include many of the world’s leading semiconductor manufacturers,
network operators and OEM/ODMs. Corporate headquarters are located in the
United Kingdom, with sales and R&D offices worldwide. See: www.imgtec.com.
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