"Alias is shipping mental ray® Standalone 3.4 64-bit, which is fully compatible with the Maya® 6.5 software. The 64-bit software offers faster processing times, and the ability to create and accurately render more complex scenes and images for film, games, broadcast, digital publishing and design visualization.

"This is an important first step in our plans to deliver a new Maya-based product that taps the power of 64-bit hardware; an alpha version is currently being evaluated at several leading studios," said Kevin Tureski, director of engineering for Maya at Alias." Currently this version is only available for Linux. "Support for the Windows® XP operating platform is expected."