Concurrent Introduces ImaGen Family of Linux-based Visual Servers

Posted by dave on Apr 21, 2004 4:13 AM EDT
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ImaGen Offers Affordable, High-Performance, COTS Image Generation Solutions for Training System Applications

Concurrent Computer Corporation (NASDAQ: CCUR), Integrated Solutions Division, a leading provider of integrated computer solutions for mission-critical applications, today announced the introduction of its ImaGen family of high-performance, multi-channel visual servers. High-end image generation (IG), once achievable only on large, costly, dedicated visual systems, is now available on Concurrent ImaGen Linux(R)-based servers employing commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) graphics technology.

Concurrent's ImaGen is the ideal imaging platform for today's simulation and modeling applications that require enhanced realism and the ability to process very large amounts of input data. Typical ImaGen imaging applications include civil and military simulation, mission planning, homeland security, scientific and medical visualization, architectural design, energy exploration and entertainment. ImaGen servers can also be used with Concurrent's iHawk(TM) host multiprocessors to provide a complete training system platform with the highest levels of computer-generated image quality and fidelity.

High-Performance 3D Graphics

Concurrent's ImaGen features the latest, industry-standard components from leading graphics suppliers, ensuring that application developers will have access to the best possible COTS IG solutions. ImaGen servers feature multiple Intel(R) Xeon(TM) processors and a range of tower or rackmount enclosures. ImaGen can be configured with a choice of powerful dual-monitor-capable graphics controllers such as those offered by NVIDIA, ATI and 3DLabs. Loaded with popular 3D visualization software like Multigen-Paradigm's Vega Prime(TM), DiSTI's GL Studio(TM), OpenGL, and OpenSceneGraph, ImaGen is the most flexible high-performance Linux-based graphics platform available today.

ImaGen servers are powered by Concurrent's RedHawk Linux real-time operating system. RedHawk Linux, is also featured on Concurrent iHawk multiprocessors, the industry's leading Linux environment for deterministic, real-time applications. RedHawk is compatible with the popular Red Hat(R) Linux distribution.

Combiner Technology

Any number of ImaGen image generation servers can be linked together to produce a single unified output image to any desired level of photorealism. For example, the power of individual ImaGen servers can be assigned to render specific subsets of an image in parallel. Subset images are automatically assembled by Orad VR-X compositor hardware to produce a total image in unprecedented aggregate speeds of up to 1.3 billion polygons and 21 billion pixels per second. ImaGen servers support a variety of image combining modes such as sample division for anti-aliasing, time division, image division, eye division and volume division for large rendering applications.

Image Synchronization

ImaGen servers offer a full range of video synchronization capabilities. Commercial and military flight, maritime and driving simulators often require multiple displays to provide photorealistic views of an environment as seen from a cockpit, window or control panel. ImaGen framelock features can provide a seamless viewing experience in these multiple display applications. ImaGen genlock functionality enables synchronization with standard video signal formats or house-sync signals providing a powerful solution for display, video debrief and compositing.

"ImaGen leverages COTS products to provide high-end visualization and graphics performance," said Ken Jackson, Concurrent vice president of Business Development. "We are pleased to provide a powerful, expandable and easily upgradeable IG solution to our customers in the simulation and training industries."

About Concurrent

Since 1966, Concurrent (, headquartered in Duluth, Georgia, has been a premier provider of high-performance, real-time computer systems, solutions, and software for commercial and government markets. The company's Integrated Solutions Division focuses on strategic market areas that include hardware-in-the-loop and man-in-the-loop simulation, data acquisition, industrial systems, and software. Concurrent's Video-On-Demand Division is a recognized leader in the digital cable market, serving North America's major cable operators in 73 markets with over 4.8 million digital subscribers. Concurrent's proven technology provides a flexible, comprehensive, robust solution for HFC, DSL, and IP-based networks. Concurrent provides sales and support from offices throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Certain statements made or incorporated by reference in this release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. When used or incorporated by reference in this release, the words "believes," "expects," "estimates," "anticipates," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Statements regarding future events and developments and our future performance, as well as our expectations, beliefs, plans, estimates, or projections relating to the future, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of these laws. All forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events to differ materially from those projected. The risks and uncertainties which could affect our financial condition or results of operations include, without limitation: our ability to keep our customers satisfied; availability of video-on-demand content; delays or cancellations of customer orders; changes in product demand; economic conditions; various inventory risks due to changes in market conditions; uncertainties relating to the development and ownership of intellectual property; uncertainties relating to our ability and the ability of other companies to enforce their intellectual property rights; the pricing and availability of equipment, materials and inventories; the limited operating history of our video-on-demand segment; the concentration of our customers; failure to effectively manage growth; delays in testing and introductions of new products; rapid technology changes; demand shifts from high-priced, proprietary real-time systems to low-priced, open server systems; system errors or failures; reliance on a limited number of suppliers; uncertainties associated with international business activities, including foreign regulations, trade controls, taxes, and currency fluctuations; the highly competitive environment in which we operate and predatory pricing pressures; failure to effectively service the installed base; the entry of new well-capitalized competitors into our markets; the success of new products in both the VOD and ISD divisions; the success of our new initiative in our CFSI subsidiary to penetrate opportunities with the U.S. government; the availability of Linux software in light of issues raised by SCO group; capital spending patterns by a limited customer base; and contract obligations that could impact revenue recognition.

Other important risk factors are discussed in our Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on September 18, 2003 and may be discussed in subsequent filings with the SEC. The risk factors discussed in such Form 10-K under the heading "Risk Factors" are specifically incorporated by reference in this press release. Our forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of such statements. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of future events, new information, or otherwise.

Note to Editors: For additional company or product information from Concurrent, please contact Concurrent, 4375 River Green Parkway, Suite 100, Duluth, GA 30096. Call toll free in the U.S. and Canada at (877) 978-7363, fax (678) 258-4199. Readers can also access information through the company's Web site at []

Concurrent and its logo are registered and unregistered trademarks of Concurrent. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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