- Dedicated Physics Processors round the corner!
Well if this isn't a clear sign of progress, then i'd say computing has no future! - Uncovered at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco this year by a company named "AGEIA" are their plans to bring a new type of processing unit to the scene, one dedicated purely to driving physics which will inevitably lead to huge advancements in gaming technology and the like. Think of it like a video card, but instead you've a dedicated card to handle very complex physics instructions which also in turn helps offload a huge amount of work that your CPU would normally be assigned the task of processing. The Inquirer were the first to release info regarding the new "PhysX PPUs" from the Developers Conference, with Gamers Depot uncovering further details about the new upcoming tech.
Here's another scoop from Toms Hardware today.
Have you had the privilege of sitting on pins and needles with information that has the potential to revolutionize all genre of PC gaming - that's called hell on Earth for a gamer and it's exactly what the fine folks of Ageia have had to do since the company started back in 2002.
Sure we've all heard about the CPU and GPU - that's old hat by now and as most hardware reviewers will tell you, it's about time we got something that's truly revolutionary. Yeah, Pixel Shaders are cool and can do a lot of really nice things; however, pale in comparison in scope to what the PhysX chip from Ageia has the potential to bring to gaming.
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