Paris, France and Montreal, Canada, March 17th, 2006 - Virtools, a Dassault Systèmes company (NASDAQ: DASTY; Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), market leader in the world of interactive 3D development solutions, announced today its intention to offer technology that is compatible with CodeWarrior™ tools. This compatibility will provide developers with a broad range of high-end development solutions for popular gaming console platforms.
Freescale Semiconductor's Game Technology Organization creates CodeWarrior software, hardware products and services for game developers. The CodeWarrior product line includes development tools and middleware, offering a stable, market-proven compiler that enables the creation of compact, high-quality object code. By making Virtools products compatible with CodeWarrior technology, Virtools clients will be better positioned to produce cutting-edge games on top consoles.
"CodeWarrior is a powerful and yet easy to implement technology, and we are proud to soon be able to provide our customers with the ability to benefit from both technologies." said Bertrand Duplat, Virtools CTO.
"Virtools makes high quality middleware and tools for artists and developers – their products make the games feel real. There is a trend toward artists and developers blending roles, so it's a natural conclusion that the tools should work well together," said Roger Edgar, Business Manager for Freescale's Games Technology Organization.
With several thousands of users throughout the world, the Virtools Software Suite enables prototyping, development and deployment of offline and online/networked video games. Virtools clients include major game studios such as Electronic Arts, Remedy, Nickelodeon, Sony Computer Entertainment, Microsoft, Dreamcatcher, Warner Bros Online and Ubisoft, etc. Among its partners in the gaming industry, Virtools counts Microsoft, Sony, Nvidia, ATI, Autodesk, Alias, Newtek, Avid, Havok and Metrowerks.
Along with applications in the field of video Games, Virtools technology is used for industrial simulation/virtual reality and marketing/multimedia applications, counting industry leaders among its clients, such as Procter & Gamble, PSA Peugeot Citroën, EDF, EADS, CEA, CNRS, France Telecom, Matsushita, American Department of Energy, Intel, Publicis Networks, Renault, Arte TV and L'Oréal.
Virtools launched its commercial activities in 1993 with consulting and services targeting interactive real-time 3D. With vital industry needs in mind, Virtools built the company's initial software solution, Virtools Dev. Since Q4 1999, Virtools is the leading provider of comprehensive software development solutions for building innovative, highly interactive 3D content. In June 2005, Virtools became a fully-owned subsidiary of Dassault Systèmes, a leader in the 3D software market.
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About Dassault Systèmes
As world leader in 3D and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, the Dassault Systèmes group brings value to more than 90,000 customers in 80 countries. A pioneer in the 3D software market since 1981, Dassault Systèmes develops and markets PLM application software and services that support industrial processes and provide a 3D vision of the entire life cycle of products from conception to maintenance. Our offering includes integrated PLM solutions for product development (CATIA®, DELMIA®, ENOVIA®, SMARTEAM®), mainstream product 3D design tools (SolidWorks®), 3D components (Spatial/ACIS®) and SIMULIA TM, DS' open multi-physics platform for realistic simulation. Dassault Systèmes is listed on the Nasdaq (DASTY) and Euronext Paris (#13065, DSY.PA) stock exchanges.
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