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TECH SOFT AMERICA AND HEWLETT-PACKARD ANNOUNCE DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT FOR HOOPS 3D APPLICATION FRAMEWORK.



Tech Soft America (TSA TSA

See tax-sheltered annuity (TSA).
), a provider of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and  graphics technology to the engineering software industry, and developers of the popular HOOPS(R) 3D Application Framework (HOOPS/3dAF), and Hewlett-Packard (HP), have announced a program to freely distribute the HOOPS/3dAF libraries for personal use on all HP VISUALIZE Workstations running the Linux OS.

The inclusion of the HOOPS development libraries complements the recently released HP VISUALIZE fx5 and fx10 graphics accelerators A display adapter that performs a specialized set of graphics functions to render an image on screen. Today, all display adapters provide basic rendering functions in hardware, but many have graphics processing units (GPUs) that are sophisticated computers.  for Linux, and drastically simplifies the development of high-performance 3D applications for the Linux platform.

This distribution agreement further extends HP's commitment to providing high end graphics solutions to the Linux community, and augments Tech Soft's recently announced "Free 3D for Linux" program.

HOOPS/3dAF provides a flexible architectural foundation, based upon a suite of modular application components, which enables the rapid development of design, visualization Using the computer to convert data into picture form. The most basic visualization is that of turning transaction data and summary information into charts and graphs. Visualization is used in computer-aided design (CAD) to render screen images into 3D models that can be viewed from all , and engineering applications for Windows, Unix, Linux and the web. HOOPS is the core graphics component in over 100 commercial applications from many of the leaders in CAD/CAM/CAE, Scientific Visualization scientific visualization

Process of graphically displaying real or simulated scientific data. It is a vital procedure in the creative realization of scientific ideas, particularly in computer science.
, Business Graphics and Earth Sciences software. In addition, HOOPS is used in hundreds of personal use and internally deployed applications. Since the announcement of TSA's "Free 3D for Linux" program, thousands of Linux developers have downloaded the HOOPS libraries, enabling them to quickly produce advanced commercial grade 3D graphics applications.

Munir Mallal, Software Planning Manager for HP stated, "We are pleased to be complementing our industry leading hardware acceleration In computing, hardware acceleration is the use of hardware to perform some function faster than is possible in software running on the normal (general purpose) CPU. Examples of hardware acceleration include blitting acceleration functionality in graphics processing units (GPUs) and  on Linux with fx5 and fx10 with HOOPS/3dAF. In partnering with Tech Soft we are able to give developers a high-level, commercial-grade software tool for developing high-performance applications able to take full advantage of our robust hardware. The combination of HOOPS' strength as a graphics development tool and the acceleration power of our fx family will no doubt be popular for developers and end users alike."

"We have been impressed with HP's commitment to advanced graphics technologies for Linux, and their rapid delivery of the fx5 and fx10 products. HP's distribution of our libraries with their latest hardware reinforces HOOPS' position as the de facto standard Hardware or software that is widely used, but not endorsed by a standards organization. Contrast with de jure standard.

de facto standard - A widespread consensus on a particular product or protocol which has not been ratified by any official standards body, such as ISO,
 for graphics development on Linux," commented Ron Fritz fritz  
n. Informal
A condition in which something does not work properly: Our television is on the fritz.



[Perhaps from German Fritz
, Managing Partner for Tech Soft.

In addition to inclusion with up coming HP VISUALIZE workstations, HOOPS for Linux is available for download from TSA at www.hoops3d.com. Developers may freely use HOOPS for personal use development. Those wishing to license HOOPS for commercial use, or to port their HOOPS/Linux application to additional platforms may contact TSA directly for complete licensing details.
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