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IZ3D Announces New Alpha Version Driver Support for DirectX10 Games at GDC

Attendees Can Test Drive DirectX10 Games in Stereoscopic-3D on an iZ3D Monitor

iZ3D Inc., designer, developer and pioneer of advanced stereoscopic 3D visualization systems, is pleased to announce it now offers an alpha version of a S-3D driver that is compatible with Microsoft DirectX10-based games. The company will be showcasing the new drivers at the Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, CA March 23-27, 2009 in Booth 6020.

“We have been on the cutting edge of developing compatible stereoscopic 3D drivers for the wide variety of games on the market today. It is a challenge between the sheer technology brainpower required to develop a driver, as well as the delicacy of ensuring everyone’s intellectual property is safe as well,” said Thomas Striegler, CEO iZ3D Inc.

The company has been at the forefront in developing robust drivers for the entire 3D gaming community. Other 3D manufacturers have used iZ3D drivers for 3D products, since they are appreciably the most current drivers. The company is also working with Microsoft and major graphics card manufacturers to ensure fewer compatibility issues.

iZ3D brand monitors are top of the line 2D monitors the entire family can use for everyday applications. Then, with the push of a button, users can put on a pair of 3D-glasses and immerse themselves into a favorite off-the-shelf game in stunning 3D.

“iZ3D has helped the entire S-3D industry move forward with our research. Last year, iZ3D developed the free-for-download driver that allows users to test drive anaglyph 3D on any monitor to see if they liked the 3D experience,” commented David Chechelashvili, iZ3D VP of Marketing. “In 2009, we continued our research to create a driver for the next generation of graphics intensive DirectX10 based games.”

The iZ3D 3D monitor solution includes:

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  • 22-inch wide screen 3D/2D keyboard switchable LCD monitor
  • 3 pairs of passive polarized 3D glasses (5 other models are available online)
  • iZ3D Stereoscopic 3D and Anaglyph 3D software drivers (other drivers are available online)
  • Power and video cables
  • Quick-start guide
  • Free membership into iZ3D’s upcoming 3D gaming network

Monitor specifications are:

  • 22-inch wide screen LCD
  • 1680 x 1050 resolution
  • Up to 170-degree 3D viewing angle
  • 5ms response time
  • 700:1 contrast ratio
  • 16.7-million colors
  • 300 nits

The solution is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP and Microsoft Vista operating systems. Games written for DirectX 8, 9, 10, require a graphics card with 2 video outputs (VGA, DVI, or HDMI). Most games written in the last six years are already designed for 3D, but until now lacked, a way of displaying them properly. A list of games that have been compatibility tested by iZ3D, MTBS and customer testers can be found at www.3drulez.com.

Availability and Pricing
The iZ3D 22-inch monitor has a MSRP of $399.00 USD and is currently available in the U.S. at Fry’s and Micro Center stores. Online retailers include www.staples.com, www.walmart.com, www.buy.com, www.newegg.com, www.amazon.com, www.pcmall.com, www.criticalbuy.com, www.iz3d.com and other online etailers.

The iZ3D Version 1.09 Driver is available at www.iz3d.com. The standard iZ3D S-3D and anaglyph output are included with the purchase of an iZ3D monitor. The exclusive ATI 3D DLP output is free to AMD customers. All other drivers can be purchased at $49.99 per output.

About iZ3D Inc.
iZ3D Inc. is a leading innovator of 3D stereoscopic viewing display solutions. In addition to the design and marketing of 3D LCD displays, the company enables 3D content creation, and promotes the accelerated proliferation of 3D for entertainment and professional applications.

To present an uncompromised 3D experience, the company’s development approach to 3D stereoscopic viewing includes optimizing solutions for gaming, home entertainment, and professional applications. Each solution is compatible with multiple graphics cards and includes high-performance LCD displays, lightweight passive polarized glasses, and blazingly fast software.

The company is also developing next generation solutions and enabling content for home entertainment and professional applications needing 3D displays to view visually rich movies, photos, and three-dimensional graphics with amazing depth, brightness, and resolution.

iZ3D was formed as joint venture of Taiwan-based Chi Mei Optoelectronics, a worldwide leader in TFT-LCD manufacturing and Neurok Optics LLC, a US-based 3D technology developer and marketing company. The company distributes its products directly at the iZ3D online store and through major online and retail outlets.

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