Berlin, Germany, November 13, 2006 – (NYSE: CGT; TSX: CAE) – CAE launched the latest addition to its CAE Tropos® family of image generators today at the European Aviation Training Symposium (EATS). The new CAE Tropos-6000 series combines CAE’s industry-leading image quality and true fidelity with the latest commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) graphics hardware. In addition, the CAE Tropos-6000 image generator will leverage new Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) projector technology to deliver unprecedented realism in a visual solution. CAE Tropos-6000 utilizes the latest-generation graphics processors from ATI and is available in three configurations: Tropos-6100, Tropos-6200, and Tropos-6400. The high-end CAE Tropos-6400 is designed to meet the demanding requirements of Level D training by employing four graphics processing units (GPUs) per LCoS projector covering a field-of-view of 200° x 43° for a 3-channel configuration. The CAE Tropos-6200 is designed for full-flight simulators and flight training devices not requiring Level D certification and uses two GPUs per projector. The CAE Tropos-6100 is ideal for laptop or desktop applications such as airport familiarization and uses a single GPU.
“The ever-increasing performance of commercial graphics hardware combined with CAE’s unmatched experience with real-time simulation software and database development will make the Tropos-6000 the new visual standard for pilot training,” said Marc Parent, CAE’s Group President, Simulation Products and Military Training & Services.
CAE Tropos-6000 enhances the realism of pilot training through extensive use of advanced weather effects, satellite imagery, dynamic airport environments, and a world database. The new CAE Tropos-6000 is fully compatible with previous CAE Tropos image generators, thus protecting database investments.
CAE is currently under contract to provide the CAE Tropos-6000 on more than ten CAE-built full-flight simulators that will be certified to Level D standards during 2007. CAE is demonstrating the Tropos-6000 image generator at EATS, Booth #19.
CAE is a world leader in providing simulation and modelling technologies, and integrated training services to the civil aviation industry and defence forces around the globe. We design, manufacture and supply simulation equipment and offer training and services. This includes integrated modelling, simulation and training solutions for commercial airlines, business aircraft operators, aircraft manufacturers and military organizations and a global network of training centres for pilots, and in some instances, cabin crew and maintenance workers.
With annual revenues of over C$1 billion, CAE operates in 19 countries around the world. CAE has sold nearly 700 simulators and training devices to airlines, aircraft manufacturers, training centres and defence forces for air and ground purposes in more than 40 countries. We have over 100 full-flight simulators in more than 20 aviation training centres, serving approximately 3,500 airlines, aircraft operators and manufacturers across the globe. CAE licenses its simulation software to various market segments and has a professional services division assisting customers with a wide range of simulation-based needs.