Quantum3D(R), Inc. and eSim Games announced today at ITEC 2006, a partnership aimed at combining eSim Games’ popular Steel Beasts(TM) Pro Armored Ground Vehicle for military training and consumer entertainment with Quantum3D’s Thermite(R) Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) Tactical Visual Computer (TVC). This will address market needs for low-cost, high-fidelity, open-architecture, COTS embedded mission rehearsal, tactics and gunnery training for armored ground vehicles. The companies will be demonstrating Steel Beasts Pro on Thermite at ITEC 2006 in the Quantum3D Stand # 214 and eSim Games Stand # 240.
“An important role for Thermite is as a dual-role system for ground vehicles that supports operational visual computing requirements such as C4ISR and unmanned vehicle and weapons system control and advanced embedded training,” said Ross Q. Smith, Quantum3D co-founder and president. “With its wide adoption in the armor community for tactical and precision gunnery training across Europe and in the US, Steel Beasts Pro is a perfect compliment to Thermite as a low-cost, yet high-fidelity gaming-based software solution for tank and armored ground vehicle embedded training. We believe that our combined efforts with eSim Games will yield an integrated solution that will greatly benefit the entire allied military ground vehicle community.
“Steel Beasts Pro is designed to connect standard PC and military battle labs as a precision training platform for armored fighting vehicles,” said Nils Hinrichsen, eSim Games Director of Marketing. “By combining Steel Beasts Pro with Thermite, we are able to address the emerging embedded training market for a wide range of ground vehicles and a wide range of training tasks.”
About Steel Beasts Pro
Steel Beasts Pro is a virtual simulation of combined arms combat tactics for armored fighting vehicles that ranges from the individual crew position up to the battalion level. Steel Beasts Pro models the gunner and commander positions of various armored fighting vehicles and main battle tanks including the Leopard 1, Leopard 2, M1A1 “Abrams”, and the M2/M3A2 “Bradley” Infantry Fighting Vehicle in a realistic, virtual 3D environment, allowing both networked and solitary training of single-vehicle, platoon level and reinforced company scenarios with high fidelity in both visual representation and tactical accuracy. The primary focus of Steel Beasts Pro is tactical training at company team level for armored and mechanized units, basic and advanced gunnery training and artillery observer / indirect fire direction training. Steel Beasts is currently being used by US Military Academy at West Point, and the armies of Australia, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Chile, and the Canadian air force.
About Thermite Tactical Visual Computer
Thermite TVC is the first ultra-small form factor Mil-Spec PC that combines advanced computational and 2D/3D graphics performance with video capture and display and comprehensive wired and wireless I/O integrated in a light-weight, sealed alloy enclosure that sets a new standard for mobility, long battery life, ruggedization and realtime visualization capabilities. Optimized for man-wearable and vehicle mounted applications where PC compatibility, performance, size, weight and power are of paramount importance, Thermite enables dismounted infantry, ground vehicle, maritime, airborne and other forward military and civilian personnel to deploy advanced C4ISR, UAV/UGV operator control, weapons system control and embedded training applications that previously required the power of rack-mount or desktop PC based workstations.
About eSim Games
eSim Games develops software to simulate tactical-level armored combat on the PC, providing affordable solutions for both military training and consumer entertainment in the form of off-the-shelf as well as customized software. The company headquarters are located in Mountain View, California. An additional office is located in Hannover, Germany.
Quantum3D develops and markets COTS realtime, open-architecture IG solutions, embedded visual computing systems and subsystems, development software and support services for the Visual and Sensor Simulation and Training (VSST) and Embedded Visual Computing (EVC) markets and is a value-added supplier of NVIDIA(R) graphics technology for the embedded military and aerospace visual computing market. Quantum3D is a privately held company headquartered in San Jose, California, with development centers located in Phoenix, AZ, Huntsville, AL, and Orlando, FL.
Quantum3D and Thermite are registered trademarks of Quantum3D, Inc. eSim Games, Steel Beasts and Steel Beasts Pro are trademarks of eSim Games, LLC.