Kodak Accelerates Development of New Image Sensor Products with Acceleware's Cluster Technology



    CALGARY, Sept. 23 /CNW/ - Acceleware(R) Corp. (TSX-V: AXE), a leading
developer of high performance computing applications, today announced that
Kodak, a world leader in image sensor technology, has adopted Acceleware's
Cluster Solution to accelerate the design process for optoelectronic image
sensors.
    "Acceleware's cluster solution helps enable Kodak to develop
market-leading, high-performance image sensor products for consumer,
professional, and advanced applications," said Herb Erhardt, Manager of the
CMOS Sensors business unit at Kodak. "We have already seen significant
productivity improvements that amount to greater than 10X."
    Kodak is using Acceleware's cluster technology in conjunction with
Synopsys' TCAD Sentaurus Device EMW to design advanced image sensors with
improved ultra-low-light performance, faster video and that are more easily
manufactured. Acceleware's cluster solution enables companies to significantly
reduce design cycle times when investigating pixel array performance including
analysis of optical crosstalk for normal and oblique incidence light.
Characterizing pixel performance due to manufacturing tolerances such as lens
misalignment was previously impractical without fast simulations, however this
is now easily accomplished with Acceleware's highly optimized solution. "We
have obtained good correlation between simulated results from the Acceleware
solution and our measured results," said Michael Guidash, Manager of CMOS
sensor advanced development at Kodak.
    "Acceleware's cluster technology enables companies to shorten the path
from initial concept to robust design, and decrease time-to-market for high
performance products," said Dr. Michal Okoniewski, Acceleware's Interim
President and Chief Executive Officer. "We're happy that Kodak recognizes the
value in the solution offered by Acceleware and Synopsys."
    As active pixel sensors shrink in size, their dimensions are nearing the
wavelength of visible light, where diffraction, polarization, and interference
effects become increasingly important. Although these effects can be analyzed
using full-wave electromagnetic simulations such as, the Finite Difference
Time Domain (FDTD) method, the FDTD algorithm is inherently compute-intensive.
Realistic simulations of modern image sensor arrays could take many hours to
days of computational time to complete. Acceleware's technology enables
high-speed parallel processing of the FDTD algorithm on clusters of GPUs,
which reduces computation time for these simulations from days to a few hours
or less.
    Adoption of Acceleware's HPC Cluster Solution for FDTD demonstrates that
heterogeneous computing, using Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) and Central
Processing Units (CPUs) is rapidly gaining acceptance and favour over
traditional CPU clusters for computationally intensive electromagnetic
calculations.
    "Image Sensor design has become very complex, and full-wave
electromagnetic simulations are now essential for the design and optimization
of these products. Kodak's adoption of Acceleware's Cluster Technology is an
important validation of the combined hardware and software solution offered by
Acceleware and Synopsys to speed up these critical simulations," said Ricardo
Borges, Sr Product Marketing Manager for TCAD at Synopsys.
    Acceleware's Cluster Technology decreases simulation time of
optoelectronic design by up to 30 times versus a multi-threaded solver. This
solution enables optimization of sophisticated designs using highly complex
physics-based simulation tools in a realistic, practical time-frame.
Acceleware's cluster technology can be scaled to support very large simulation
sizes on the order of a billion or more FDTD cells. For more information visit
www.acceleware.com

    About Kodak

    As the world's foremost imaging innovator, Kodak helps consumers,
businesses, and creative professionals unleash the power of pictures and
printing to enrich their lives.
    To learn more, visit http://www.kodak.com, and our blogs:
1000words.kodak.com, and PluggedIn.kodak.com

    About Acceleware

    Acceleware develops and markets solutions that enable software vendors to
leverage heterogeneous, multi-core processing hardware without rewriting their
applications for parallel computing. This acceleration middleware allows
customers to speed-up simulation and data processing algorithms, benefitting
from high performance computing technologies available in the market such as
multiple-core CPUs, GPUs or other acceleration hardware.
    Acceleware solutions are deployed by companies worldwide such as Philips,
Boston Scientific, Samsung, Eli Lilly, General Mills, Nokia, LG, RIM,
Medtronic, Hitachi, Fujifilm, FDA, Mitsubishi, Sony Ericsson, AGC, NTT DoCoMo,
and Renault to speed up product design, analyze data and make better business
decisions in areas such as electronic manufacturing, oil & gas, medical and
security imaging, industrial and consumer products, financial, and academic
research. For more information about Acceleware, please visit
www.acceleware.com.
    Acceleware is a public company on Canada's TSX Venture Exchange under the
trading symbol AXE.

    
    The TSX Venture Exchange Inc. does not accept responsibility for the
    adequacy or accuracy of this release.
    

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For further information: Reader Contacts: Charlee Forbrigger, Acceleware
Corp., (403) 249-9099 ext. 287, charlee.forbrigger@acceleware.com; Investor
Contact: Thomas McMillan, The Equicom Group, (403) 536-5903,
tmcmillan@equicomgroup.com

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