After NVIDIA (with support from Havok) having recently announced their plans to introduce physics processing technology by means of your GPUs (in SLI), AGEIA have responded quickly as they fire up the official launch of "PhysX" (a dedicated physics processing solution).
Their announcement can be read here, and theres a fair bit of coverage also floating around the web as per the following linkies :-
- AGEIA PhysX Physics Processor Technology Preview @ PCPerspective
- AGEIA PhysX Launch, The Dawn Of The PPU @ Hot Hardware
- AGEIA / Game Developers Conference @ Techgage
- AGEIA GDC 2006 Press Conference @ FiringSquad
MOUNTAIN VIEW and SAN JOSE, Calif. - March 22, 2006 - AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games, today announced the availability of its PhysX™ processor, the first physics processing unit (PPU) designed to power pervasive real-time physics in PC gaming. With immediate availability from the world's leading gaming system and personal computer manufacturers Alienware, Dell, and Falcon Northwest, the AGEIA PhysX Accelerator brings true physics interaction on a massive scale to serious gamers for the first time.
AGEIA PhysX Accelerator add-in boards from leading board manufacturers ASUS and BFG will be available in wide distribution in May of this year.