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SEAWEED SYSTEMS DISTRIBUTES 3DLABS' VISUAL PROCESSING UNITS IN EMBEDDED MARKETS
Cooperation Creates a Single Supply Point for Avionics and
Safety-Critical Graphics Devices, Software and Support
WOODINVILLE, WA - (Send2Press Newswire) - October 13, 2003 -- Seaweed
Systems, Inc., a leading developer and supplier of OpenGL(R) and X
Window System embedded graphics solutions, today announced that the
company is distributing 3Dlabs'(R) Visual Processing Units (VPUs) into
the avionics, automotive, defense and medical device markets. Seaweed
has developed and provided drivers for 3Dlabs graphics processors in
demanding embedded environments for several years. This agreement
enables Seaweed to become a unique single point of supply and support
for complete embedded graphics solutions. Seaweed will also sell
stand-alone processors to customers who write their own drivers. 3Dlabs
is a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd.
"This distribution agreement is a significant milestone in Seaweed's
continued growth," said Robert Schulman, president of Seaweed Systems.
"It allows us to focus our vast embedded graphics experience on
providing complete hardware and software solutions to our customers with
insight and precision not possible unless silicon and drivers are
available from a single source. We are leveraging 3Dlabs' products and
design information with our experienced support and development
resources to create a conduit for customers to make the most effective
use of the latest COTS graphics technologies together with the necessary
support for long-term deployment."
Seaweed has expanded its resources to provide hardware design support
services, including graphics PMC reference board designs, to its
customers who have standardized on 3Dlabs' graphics processors. 3Dlabs
is supporting Seaweed by providing access to its latest driver sources
and detailed chip and board design information to ensure that Seaweed
customers receive the best possible level of technical support while
deploying 3Dlabs' latest COTS graphics silicon in a range of embedded
3Dlabs and Seaweed Systems have a long-standing relationship that has
positioned the two companies as the pre-eminent sources of
state-of-the-art graphics devices and driver software for the avionics
and safety-critical embedded markets. The combination of 3Dlabs' VPUs
and Seaweed's suite of DO-178B certifiable products, aimed at satisfying
the growing demand for safety-critical COTS embedded graphics software,
have secured a number of recent program wins.
"3Dlabs is fully committed to the embedded graphics market and through
Seaweed we can enable unique integrated technology and support for our
avionics, defense and safety-critical customers," said Neil Trevett,
senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs. "Seaweed drivers
have been widely and successfully deployed with 3Dlabs' processors and
this agreement is a natural extension of our business relationship. In
particular, we consider Seaweed to have a significant lead in DO-178B
certifiable graphics drivers, and we look forward to continuing our work
with them to create unique and safety-critical embedded graphics
About Seaweed Systems, Inc.
Seaweed Systems provides software products and consulting services in
the embedded X Window System and OpenGL(R) markets. Seaweed Systems'
customers, which include BAE SYSTEMS, Boeing, EADS, Lockheed Martin,
Radstone Technology, AITech, Elbit Systems, Ultra Electronics, Ericsson
Avionics, General Dynamics, Rockwell Collins, Smiths Aerospace,
Honeywell, L-3, NASA, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Synergy
Microsystems benefit from Seaweed's unmatched price, performance,
feature set and implementation schedules in the real-time embedded
They also benefit from the strong working relationships
established between Seaweed Systems and other leading COTS suppliers in
this arena such as 3Dlabs, Wind River, Green Hills, LynuxWorks, Radstone
Technology, AITech, Synergy Microsystems, eNGENUITY Technologies, Altia
and Centric Software. These relationships ensure that customers are
provided with the most complete and advanced product solution possible
for both certifiable and non-certifiable developments. Additional
information is available at www.seaweed.com.
Certain matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking
statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could
affect the Company's abilities to achieve its objectives and cause
actual events to differ materially from expectations.
Seaweed Systems is a trademark of Seaweed Systems, Inc. 3Dlabs is a
registered trademark of 3Dlabs Inc., Ltd. in the United States and/or
other countries. OpenGL(R) is a trademark of SGI Inc. All other
trademarks are acknowledged.
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