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OptiTex Utilizes NVIDIA® CUDA™ Software For Cloth Simulation

Israel-based OptiTex Ltd. — a developer of 2-D and 3-D computer-aided design and manufacturing solutions for sewn products and related industries — is using Santa Clara, Calif.-based Nvidia’s NVIDIA® CUDA™ software to rebuild the data and algorithms of its cloth simulation engine to run on graphics processing units (GPUs). Nvidia is a developer of visual computing technologies and the creator of the GPU, a high-performance processor that generates graphics for electronic equipment such as workstations, personal computers, game consoles and mobile devices.

OptiTex’s 3-D technology allows designers to simulate the look and movement of clothing designs on virtual models in order to review, refine and measure fabric before physically creating the cloth samples. Converting from central processing units (CPUs) to Nvidia Cuda software has resulted in a 10-fold performance increase, as well as the elimination of bottlenecks that CPUs can cause during the design process, according to OptiTex. The company reports that the reconstructed solution reduces the product development time to market from 190 days to 35 days, and also reduces production costs.

“Converting OptiTex to utilize GPUs has greatly improved the efficiency of our product, offering further huge benefits to our customers,” said Ran Machtinger, president and CEO, OptiTex. “ With real-time capabilities, the pattern-making process will change forever. The customers in the textile industry won’t have to rely as much on user experience and exhaustive testing for the finished pattern, as the garment will be continuously visualized in 3-D.”

October 7, 2008