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Nvidia acquires gaming physics tech provider

Posted: 06 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:gaming physics? software? GPU?

Nvidia has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ageia Technologies Inc., a gaming physics technology provider.

Ageia's PhysX software is widely adopted with more than 140 PhysX-based games shipping or in development on Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and gaming PCs. Ageia physics software is pervasive with over 10,000 registered and active users of the PhysX SDK.

Like graphics, physics processing is made up of millions of parallel computations. The Nvidia GeForce 8800GT GPU, with its 112 processors, can process parallel applications up to two orders of magnitude faster than a dual or quad-core CPU.

"The computer industry is moving towards a heterogeneous computing model, combining a flexible CPU and a massively parallel processor like the GPU to perform computationally intensive applications like real-time computer graphics," said Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia president and CEO. "Nvidia's CUDA technology broadens the parallel processing world to hundreds of applications desperate for a giant step in computational performance. Applications such as physics, computer vision, and video/image processing are enabled through CUDA and heterogeneous computing."




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