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At the annual SIGGRAPH conference and exhibition, held a little more than a month ago, numerous vendors introduced a bevy of new offerings, whether brand-new products or updates to existing ones. We have highlighted a number of them here in our Spotlight section and in our Products. A comprehensive report from the show can be found on by select- ing News on the left side of the page. Luxion Rolls Out KeyShot 2 Luxion has introduced KeyShot 2, an update to the original KeyShot and Hyper- Shot software. The release features a new user interface, rendering features, and performance improvements. It also imports native Pro/Engineer data with associative linking on both the PC and Mac. KeyShot 2 is an all-new application built on Luxion’s interactive, real-time raytracing and global illumination technol- ogy. Now even faster, KeyShot 2 further breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images from 3D models. With its improved ease of use, KeyShot 2 enables the creation of photographic images in a matter of seconds, indepen- dent of the size of the digital model. PRODUCT: LIGHTING Dell Upgrades Portfolio Dell is offering the latest graphics, computing processor, OS, and memory technologies in its Precision workstation portfolio, including desktops, a rack workstation, and mobile laptops. On the mobile side, these include the 17-inch Precision M6500 and the 15.6-inch M4500. Customers can purchase 32GB of system memory in the M6500, and 16GB of memory in the M4500. The Precision M6500 is also now available with the ATI FirePro M7820, which enables users to power up to three inde- pendent displays at one time using ATI Eyefi nity technology. Precision tower and rack workstations are being refreshed with the newest high-end and ultra-high-end graphics solutions from Nvidia, built on the Fermi architecture to combine advanced visualization with high-performance computing capabilities. The 4 PRODUCT: WORKSTATIONS August/September 2010 Precision T7500, T5500, T3500, and R5400 workstations sport the Nvidia Quadro 4000 and Quadro 5000 professional graphics solutions. Based on Dell’s previous announcement of AMD’s Eyefi nity Technology and ATI FirePro 3D professional graphics on its Precision tower and rack workstations, the ATI FirePro V7800, ATI FirePro V5700, and ATI FirePro V8700 professional graph- ics cards now can be bundled with the Precision R5400, T1500, T3500, T5500, and T7500 workstations. Dell is also offering the new high-performance Tesla C2050 GPU on the Precision T7500 workstation, transforming it into a personal computer for general-purpose scientifi c and engineer- ing computing. The interface now features drag-and- drop import of digital data, a scene tree for scene management, a library for all assets (materials, environments, textures, back- plates, and renderings) with drag-and- drop capabilities, interactive material and environment adjustments with real-time feedback, dynamic camera interaction with precise position control, and more. The new rendering features in KeyShot 2 allow users to work faster and obtain even more accurate results. Key capabili- ties include: unlimited label placement on any material, light-emitting materials with intensity, color, and appearance control, and ground caustics without a physical plane. The product also boasts perfor- mance improvements up to 50 percent, and has been further optimized to run even faster on the PC and Mac without the need for special graphics cards. KeyShot 2 is available now for $995, and $1995 for the Pro version.

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