Andrew Mobbs (mobbsy) wrote,
Andrew Mobbs

This recent stuff about the AGEIA "physics processor" looks interesting.

For those not obsessively following tech websites, this is a chip from a start-up company that claims to accelerate the various physics related calculations in a game; how things move, impact, fracture and so on. I'm guessing it's mostly a load of programmable vector processors that the CPU can offload matrix calculations to, similar to the Cell design in the Playstation 3. I'm curious as to how well that'll work when they don't have the phenomenal bandwidth that the shared bus in the Cell does.

Also, will this stay as a separate add-on card for gaming, or will nVidia and ATI just integrate it into their next generation graphics cards?
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