NVIDIA Hopes Animators Gel with Gelato

NVIDIA Corp. today unveiled NVIDIA Gelato, a 3D final-film renderer accelerated by industry-standard graphics hardware. Designed to create high-quality digital effects and animation, NVIDIA Gelato is, according to the company, the first commercially available application in the feature film segment to solve the critical problem of rendering by using all of the mainstream hardware advantages available. These include floating point acceleration, 64-bit computing, PCI Express and multithreading.

NVIDIA Gelato features and benefits include speed and power that scale with improvements in the entire system including graphics hardware innovations, 64-bit

CPU technology and PCI Express; accelerated scanline and raytraced rendering,

global illumination, ambient occlusion, and support for the full range of geometric

primitives (NURBS, bicubic and bilinear patches, polygon meshes, subdivision

surfaces, points, curves, and procedural geometry) for true film-quality images;

and a new shading language that adds such features as layered shaders for more

precise effects.

"NVIDIA is delighted to work with people in the film industry who are pushing the limits of computer animation," says NVIDIA president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. "By building software and hardware products that solve their problems, NVIDIA is driving innovation in both offline and realtime rendering. We look forward to seeing the stunning visuals these new products will help to enable."

NVIDIA Gelato is now available for purchase at http://film.nvidia.com in versions running Red Hat Linux 7.2, 7.3, 9.0 and SUSE.

The company has also introduced the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 professional graphics solution, which features unlimited programmability and true 128-bit floating point precision. NVIDIA says it is armed with a radically new graphics architecture driving twice the geometry and fill rates and up to five times the pixel read-back performance of the former industry leader.

Available in May, the NVIDIA Quadro FX 4000 will be sold by original equipment manufacturers like HP and add-in card partners such as PNY (U.S. and Europe), Leadtek (Asia/Pacific) and Elsa (Japan), as well as value-added resellers and system builders.