Tuesday, Jul 25, 2000 5:00 AM

MORRISVILLE, NC, July 25, 2000- Geomagic announces an agreement with NVIDIA that will deliver peak performance for Geomagic Studio 3.0 users who demand lifelike 3D modeling and rendering. Geomagic Studio 3.0 is a major new release of Geomagic's software that simplifies and streamlines the process of creating precise 3D computer models for design, engineering, manufacturing, healthcare, 3D Web content and other applications. It is scheduled for release this fall.

Geomagic Studio 3.0 is written to create displacement, color and texture maps from the precise data (per vertex coordinate frames) required by NVIDIA's GPUs (graphics processing units). The result is dramatically faster rendering for high-quality, extremely realistic 3D models.

"Our partnership creates a hardware/software solution that steps up visual quality, speed of data acquisition and rendering to a whole new level," says Ping Fu, chief technology officer for Geomagic. "It's a perfect match between our award-winning Geomagic products that digitally duplicate the real world and the top-rated graphics performance of NVIDIA's GPUs."

"Raindrop is known in the industry for removing barriers between the physical and digital worlds," stated Sanford Russell, senior director of partner management at NVIDIA. "By combining Geomagic Studio 3.0 with NVIDIA's family of high-performance GPUs, developers have the ability to save time, improve quality and reduce overall cost with the ultimate digital duplication solution."

The computing industry recognizes NVIDIA as the global leader in advanced graphics processing technology for mainstream platforms, honoring the company with the most graphics awards in the history of the PC industry. The unmatched breadth of the NVIDIA product family enables gripping multimedia experiences for the entire desktop computer market from workstations to Internet-enabled appliances. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.nvidia.com.

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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