MILPITAS, CA -- 3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology Ltd. (Nasdaq:CREAF), at Siggraph(R) 2002 tradeshow booth 19086, today announced that Z/I Imaging(R) has selected the 3Dlabs Wildcat(R) III 6210 graphics accelerator for its high-performance ImageStation(R) 2002 workstations.

SUNNYVALE, CA -- 3Dlabs(R), Inc. Ltd. (Nasdaq:TDDD), the Workstation Graphics Authority, today announced that Wildcat(R) III 6110 and Wildcat II 5110 professional graphics accelerators once again have proven performance leadership by sweeping SPECapc(SM) CAD Application Benchmarks for Unigraphics V17(TM), Solid Edge V10(TM), SolidWorks 2001(TM) and Pro/ENGINEER(TM) 2000i2.

Energy Efficient Tape Solution Simplifies Backup with Easy Management, Integrated Security and Intelligent Self-Monitoring
 
Spectra Logic announced the U.S. Army’s Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) agency in Michigan awarded Spectra Logic with a federal contract for two Spectra T950 tape libraries using LTO-4 technology.
 
The U.S. Army TARDEC removed a Sun StorageTek L700e tape library and replaced it with the T950, and realized immediate savings in backup operator time and cost, freed several square feet of data center floor space, increased capacity by 990 percent and eased administration through the library’s user-friendly management interface.  With two Spectra T950 libraries, the U.S. Army TARDEC was able to designate one for classified data and the other for unclassified data, which eased its administrative burden. The Spectra T950 tape libraries work with Symantec NetBackup software to back up and protect more than 22TB of data weekly.
 
“Spectra Logic continues to expand its presence throughout the Department of Defense with this recent success at the Army TARDEC,” said Brian Grainger, vice president of sales. “The Spectra T950 leads the market with the highest storage density available today along with significant energy and space savings, and ease of use, all contributing significantly to the U.S. Army contract award.”
CAPTION Through a $20 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to the Louisiana Board of Regents, Louisiana Tech University will play an important role in a new state-wide consortium that will focus on research and development of advanced manufacturing techniques based on metals and alloys.

Louisiana Tech University and faculty from its College of Engineering and Science will play an important role in a new state-wide consortium that will focus on research and development of advanced manufacturing techniques based on metals and alloys.

Through a $20 million National Science Foundation (NSF) grant recently awarded to the Louisiana Board of Regents, the Consortium for Innovation in Manufacturing and Materials (CIMM) will focus on two broad aspects of materials manufacturing: multi-scale replication and forming technologies, which are used to produce large numbers of components with features that range from microns to millimeters and beyond with high fidelity and repeatability, and adaptive manufacturing of small numbers of application-specific structures using laser-based 3D printing.

Dr. Ramu Ramachandran, executive associate dean for research in Louisiana Tech's College of Engineering and Science, is a co-principal investigator of the CIMM.

"This grant will boost Louisiana's competitiveness in advanced manufacturing, a high priority area for national investments and one that promises to create many high-paying jobs," said Ramachandran. "Our outstanding faculty and the physical infrastructure provided by the Institute for Micromanufacturing will contribute greatly to the success of this project."

Along with Ramachandran and 10 other Louisiana Tech faculty members, researchers from Louisiana State University, University of New Orleans, Grambling State University and Southern University are involved in CIMM. Louisiana Tech will receive $4.3 million from the NSF and Board or Regents as part of the consortium.

The CIMM is a five-year collaborative effort between the member institutions, which builds on prior NSF investments in the state that formed the Louisiana Alliance for Simulation-Guided Materials Applications (LA-SiGMA). LA-SiGMA's focus was on building multi-institutional teams working on computational materials science, and making effective use of the next generation of heterogeneous, multicore and hyper-parallel cyberinfrastructure. Ramachandran serves in a leadership capacity for the LA-SiGMA project as one of four co-principal investigators.

The CIMM's research efforts will be complemented and supported by statewide activities in education and workforce development relevant to manufacturing that involve high school and community college students and teachers as well as summer research programs for undergraduates.

The overarching goal of the CIMM is to accelerate manufacturing technology development by combining supercomputer modeling and simulation with physical experimentation. Support for the computational research will be provided by the Louisiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI). Computational modeling of materials has tremendous advantages because many of the preliminary investigations can be conducted virtually and safely, greatly speeding up discovery time and testing of novel materials.

Ramachandran says that this, in fact, is the basic premise of the Materials Genome Initiative launched by the White House in 2011, with the goal of making materials discovery "cheaper, faster, and safer" by integrating computational and experimental research in materials science.

President Barack Obama today announced his intent to nominate physicist Patrick Gallagher to be the 14th director of the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Gallagher, 46, is currently the NIST deputy director.
 
“NIST is a unique agency with a strong culture of world-class scientific achievement,” U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said. “Pat Gallagher has come up through the ranks and his continued leadership will be critical to an agency that is central to the nation’s ability to innovate and compete in global markets.” 
 
If confirmed by the Senate, Gallagher will direct an agency with an annual budget of approximately $800 million that employs approximately 2,900 scientists, engineers, technicians, support staff and administrative personnel at two primary locations: Gaithersburg, Md., and Boulder, Colo. Gallagher will succeed William Jeffrey, who left NIST in 2007.
 
Though perhaps most widely known as the civilian provider of the nation’s standard time service, NIST also conducts research in measurement science, standards, and related technologies spanning all physical sciences, engineering and information technology. 
 
The agency also is home to the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a nationwide network of local centers offering technical and business assistance to smaller manufacturers; the Technology Innovation Program, which provides cost-shared awards to industry, universities and consortia for research on potentially revolutionary technologies that address critical national and societal needs; and the Baldrige National Quality Program, which promotes performance excellence among U.S. manufacturers, service companies, educational institutions, health care providers and nonprofit organizations.
 
Gallagher, who has a doctorate in physics from the University of Pittsburgh, came to the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) in 1993 to pursue research in neutron and X-ray instrumentation and studies of soft-condensed matter systems such as liquids, polymers and gels. 
 
In 2000, Gallagher was a NIST agency representative at the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) and became active in U.S. policy for scientific user facilities. In 2006, he was awarded a Department of Commerce Gold Medal, the department’s highest award, in recognition of this work. In 2004, he became director of the NCNR, a national user facility for neutron research that is considered one of the most productive and heavily used facilities of its type in the nation. In September 2008, he was appointed deputy director of NIST.
 
Gallagher is active in a variety of professional organizations and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
 
Founded in 1901, NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the Commerce Department that promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

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