Wolfram Research has announced Mathematica 6, calling the release a, "revolution in computing".

In an open letter, company founder and CEO Stephen Wolfram said: "We think Mathematica 6 will prove even more important than the
original release of Mathematica 1.0 nearly twenty years ago.

"In compatibility terms, Mathematica 6 is an upgrade. In capability terms, this is a major new product," Wolfram said. "Mathematica's been reinvented."

The application features more automation and is capable of handling a much wider set of data and problems than any other version of the application.

Mathematica 6 is more tightly bound, more natural, and more automated, applicable to a far wider range of areas than ever before.

The software offers what the company calls, "instant interactivity", meaning it can take models, simulations, computations, or just about any concept and transform them into fully interactive applications.

"In 1988, Mathematica transformed scientific computing from something you hire a programmer to do into something you can just do yourself. In 2007, we are doing the same for live interactive interface creation," said Theodore Gray, director of user interface technology.

Over 1,000 examples of these interactive capabilities have already been posted to The Wolfram Demonstrations Project.

The software offers an integrated development environment (IDE), which combines with its advanced programming language and computational capabilities to make it a solution for infrastructure development.

The company claims nearly a thousand new computational and interface features, including the capability to deliver high-impact adaptive visualization for automated creation of high-fidelity function and data graphics.

Users also benefit from the application's capacity to handle "hundreds" of data formats and a series of data fields custom-built for use in mathematics, physics, chemistry and linguistics.

Mathematica 6 is available for Mac OS X, Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista, Linux x86/Itanium, Solaris UltraSPARC/x86, HP-UX, IBM AIX, and compatible systems.

The Mac version costs $2,500.