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SPECapc demos SolidWorks 2005 benchmark;
reveals plans for Maya, Unigraphics, 3ds max

LOS ANGELES, Calif., August 11, 2004 - SPEC/GPC's Application Performance Characterization (SPECapc) project group demonstrated an upcoming SolidWorks 2005 benchmark and outlined its plans for updated Maya 6, Unigraphics NX2, and 3ds max 6 benchmarks. The announcements took place at a press conference during the SIGGRAPH 2004 conference and exposition.

As with the SPECapc for SolidWorks 2003 benchmark, the new version is being developed jointly by SolidWorks and SPECapc. It will represent the patterns of a typical SolidWorks user working on real-world models. Performance will be measured for graphics, CPU and I/O functionality.

SPECapc announced that it will be working over the next several months to provide new versions of its performance evaluation software for systems running Maya 6 and Unigraphics NX2. The group also plans to augment the current 3ds max 6 benchmark, introduced in June, with more scenes and animated environments. Earlier this year, SPECapc released an updated benchmark for Solid Edge Version 14 CAD/CAM software.

"We have had great cooperation from CAD/CAM and digital content creation ISVs," says George Chaltas, SPECapc chair. "This has enabled us to bring new benchmarks to market quickly and to continually update existing benchmarks."

In addition to SolidWorks, Maya, Unigraphics, 3ds max and Solid Edge, SPECapc's current suite includes an application benchmark for Pro/ENGINEER that the group expects to update in the near future. The SPECapc group continues to seek additional benchmarks for leading software programs in three key application areas: CAD/CAM/CAE, visualization and digital content creation (DCC).

SPECapc is a project group of the Graphics Performance Characterization (GPC) Group, which is part of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. (SPEC). SPEC is a non-profit corporation formed to establish, maintain and endorse a standardized set of relevant benchmarks that can be applied to the newest generation of high-performance computers. SPEC's membership includes computer hardware and software vendors, and leading universities and research facilities worldwide.

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