Palm Springs, CA – November 27, 2007 – Mercury Computer Systems is the latest company to become a Technology Partner with DiMora Motorcar in the development of the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan. Mercury will provide its Patchwork3D software suite to perform interactive realistic viewing of all parts of the $2 million automobile based upon computer-aided design engineering data.
DiMora Motorcar Founder and CEO Alfred DiMora noted the importance of fast, realistic visualization. "Patchwork3D gives our engineers the ability to see the impacts of each alternative approach to a design problem very quickly. This enables them to try more approaches until they are confident that they have zeroed in on the best solution."
He also noted the value of Patchwork3D when a buyer customizes the vehicle about to be produced. "I am especially impressed by the realism and fine detail that Patchwork3D provides when showing how the texture of the interior leather will appear in different lighting conditions. This is virtual reality at its best."
Mercury's Vice President, Visualization Sciences Group, Jean-Bernard Cazeaux, talked about working with DiMora Motorcar. "We are strong supporters of what Alfred DiMora is doing to demonstrate America's ability to produce the world's finest automobiles. This follows the grand tradition of coach building in the era of the Duesenbergs. This fusion of classic craftsmanship with high-tech tools such as Patchwork3D will produce marvelous automobiles that redefine the meaning of Made in America."
The $2 million Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan will feature the 1200-horsepower DiMora Volcano V16 engine and more innovative electronics and creature comforts than have ever been integrated into a production vehicle. The first prototype is scheduled for completion in late 2009, followed by the worldwide debut in Beverly Hills, California. The automobile will then be exhibited extensively at major technology and motor vehicle shows around the world.
Patchwork3D is a comprehensive software workshop for interactive 3D digital design. Built around an award-winning real-time realistic rendering engine, Patchwork3D offers a complete software suite to import CAD models, apply textures and lighting, and perform interactive realistic viewing. With real-time rendering and realistic simulation of materials and lightings, Patchwork3D allows industrial designers to communicate as early as the design stage begins, delivering very high-quality digital mock-ups to validate product impact before manufacturing. Patchwork3D provides to communications and sales people a straightforward solution to market industrial products.
About Mercury Computer Systems
Headquartered in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Mercury Computer Systems, Inc. is the leading provider of computing systems and software for data-intensive applications that include image processing, signal processing, and visualizations. Mercury offers component-level and system-level solutions that span hardware, software, silicon IP, services, and systems. The company has over 800 employees with R&D, support, and sales locations in France, Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
About DiMora Motorcar
Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Motorcar crafts automobiles designed to exceed expectations for safety, performance, technology, ecology, beauty, comfort, and luxury. It reveals the design, production, and testing of these automobiles via the Internet so that people around the world can participate in and learn from the process.
The Founder, CEO, and driving force behind DiMora Motorcar is Alfred J. DiMora, who produced two of America's finest luxury automobiles, the Clenet (as owner) and the Sceptre (as co-founder). He and the Clenet were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1986 for the Centennial Year of the Gasoline-powered Automobile. He also founded Starbridge Systems, Inc., where he developed the world's fastest FPGA supercomputer. With his technological and automotive backgrounds, Alfred DiMora blends the two worlds together to create this new experience in automotive history, the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan. Please visit www.dimoramotorcar.com.