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Altair Acquires Solid Iris Technologies, Leader in Photorealistic Rendering and Visualization

Rendering technology integration with Altair software portfolio to deliver new user experiences for designers and engineers TROY, Mich., September 14, 2016 - Altair has acquired Solid Iris Technologies, a Greece-based technology company specializing in photorealistic rendering and visualization, with its high-end solution “Thea Render”. The companies have built a relationship over the past several years, with Altair using Solid Iris’ Thea Render superior technology to provide rendering functionality in its solidThinking Evolve concept design software.

James R. Scapa, Altair’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, notes that, “With the continued growth in performance and cloud availability of high performance computing (HPC), the opportunity to deliver rendering solutions for applications from architectural visualization and product design to entertainment and augmented reality is truly exciting. We look forward to delivering powerful new capabilities to our software community of designers and engineers.”

Thea Render is a state-of-the-art Biased, Unbiased and GPU renderer with a rich set of innovative features, a powerful material system and its own advanced studio. Integrating this photorealistic rendering technology with solidThinking and Altair products will contribute significantly to a completely new experience to visualize, model and design. Thea Render is also integrated on many modeling applications, with thousands of users who will benefit from Altair’s global support and training resources.

“Vision is the most important human sense”, says Ioannis Pantazopoulos, Managing Director of Solid Iris, “and it plays a vital role in our understanding of the world. As we fully integrate our team and technology within Altair, we are committed to advancing the user’s experience such that product creation will seem to occur inside a real scene rather than in front of a computer screen.”

Please visit www.thearender.com to learn more about the Solid Iris product line. Interested to see it live and explore the intersection of design and technology? Join us at solidThinking Converge 2016.

About solidThinking
solidThinking creates, develops, and markets technology that helps organizations make informed decisions and bring the most desirable products to market faster. solidThinking software is sold and supported by a global network of distribution partners and is also available as part of the Altair HyperWorks® suite. solidThinking is a wholly owned subsidiary of Troy, Mich., (USA)-based Altair. To learn more, please visit solidThinking.com.

About Altair
Founded in 1985, Altair is focused on the development and application of simulation technology to synthesize and optimize designs, processes and decisions for improved business performance. Privately held with more than 2,600 employees, Altair is headquartered in Troy, Michigan, USA with more than 45 offices throughout 20 countries, and serves more than 5,000 corporate clients across broad industry segments. To learn more, please visit www.altair.com.

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