NVIDIA and Dassault Collaborate on Graphics Technologies for 3D PLM Solutions

NVIDIA Programmable Technologies in CATIA V5 and ENOVIA Portal Increase Interactive Performance and Enhance Realism

SAN ANTONIO, TX (USA) – SIGGRAPH – July 24, 2002 – NVIDIA® Corporation (NASDAQ: NVDA and Booth #8110) and Dassault Systemes (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA) today announced that the two companies have collaborated on the development of graphics technologies that enhance realism and visual quality, and accelerate the design review and rendering capabilities of Dassault Systemes’ CATIA V5 and ENOVIA Portal products.

NVIDIA, the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, assisted Dassault Systemes to add per pixel lighting to CATIA V5 and ENOVIA DMU Navigator to more accurately simulate real-world lighting conditions and improve the appearance of shaded models. I n addition, the two products include enhanced interactive graphics performance and non-photorealistic shading for creating outlined images, primarily used for clarity in maintenance manuals and other documentation.  All three programmable technologies expand the powerful shading capabilities of CATIA V5 and ENOVIA Portal.

“Dassault Systemes wants to bring the benefits of 3D to everyone in the manufacturing industry – from concept, to production, to maintenance,” said Rodolphe Aymard, director of interactive architecture at Dassault Systemes.  “Our technological cooperation with NVIDIA enables us to provide CATIA V5 and ENOVIA Portal customers with new levels of realism that improve design innovation and increase competitive advantage in the marketplace.”

“By integrating NVIDIA Quadro®4 programmable graphics technologies into its products, Dassault Systemes is further demonstrating its industry leadership and delivering more realistic rendering power to its portfolio of 3D PLM solutions,” said Jeff Brown, director of workstation product management at NVIDIA.  “As a result, CATIA V5 and ENOVIA Portal users will be able to work with large, complex assemblies that more closely approximate the lighting and intricate details of objects in the real world.”

Dassault Systemes is the premier global 3D PLM solutions provider. 3D PLM enables customers to optimize their business processes for engineering, manufacturing, maintenance, and support, using collaborative workspaces to share a common product, process and resource (PPR) model.  With PPR, companies can capture, share and reuse knowledge throughout the product lifecycle.


About Dassault Systemes
Dassault Systemes is the premier global software developer for the CAD/CAM/CAE/PLM market, providing companies with e-business solutions to implement their digital enterprise, thus creating and simulating the entire product life cycle from initial concept to product in service.  The CATIA, ENOVIA and DELMIA Solutions support industry-specific business processes to help unleash creativity and innovation, reduce development cycle time, improve quality, competitiveness and shareholder value: CATIA supports the digital product definition and simulation, DELMIA provides solutions to define and simulate lean digital manufacturing processes and ENOVIA delivers enterprise solutions that manage a comprehensive, collaborative and distributed model of the digital product, processes and resources.  The combined integration creates the Digital Product life cycle Pipeline, supporting reuse of corporate knowledge.  SolidWorks and SmarTeam, as Dassault Systemes companies, offer respectively 3D design-centric and collaborative PDM software solutions based on Windows and the internet.  Spatial, also part of Dassault Systemes family, is a market-leading provider of world-class 3D software components and services (for 3D modeling, visualization, and interoperability) to meet the requirements of 3D in Internet-based e-commerce and B2B applications.  Information about Dassault Systemes is available at //dsweb.com.

NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq - NVDA), located in Santa Clara, CA, is the global leader in advanced graphics and multimedia processing technology for the consumer and professional computing markets.  Its 2D, 3D, video and multimedia capabilities make NVIDIA one of the premier semiconductor companies in the world.  NVIDIA offers a wide range of products and services, delivering superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment and education. Information about NVIDIA is available at //www.nvidia.com.

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