Silicon Graphics Inc. subsidiary Alias|Wavefront is celebrating its 20th anniversary by announcing a corporate identity change from “Alias|Wavefront” to simply “Alias.”
The previous “Alias|Wavefront” identity was created in the mid-90s when Alias Research and Wavefront Technologies were both acquired by Silicon Graphics Inc. Both companies had developed various tools for 3D graphics and animation. Alias makes Maya, a popular 3D rendering and animation software used in film, video game development, and other markets.
The company’s technology has been used to generate graphics in movies like Terminator 2, The Abyss, Jurassic Park, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and many others. Six out of the ten top-selling video games for the 2002 holiday season included graphics developed using Alias technology, as well. Maya works in Mac OS X and on other platforms.
Going forward, Alias said that it will launch Alias Visualization Studio, a new “customer briefing facility” equipped with technology from Alias and its partners. The new studio will open in Fall 2003 at the company’s headquarters in Toronto.