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NVIDIA Agrees to Purchase AEGIA Technologies

Category: Video Cards, Manufacturers, Software
Posted: 10:55PM


NVIDIA today announced an agreement to buy AGEIA Technologies.  NVIDIA we're all familiar with as the maker of graphics technology components and graphics processing units (GPU).  AEGIA is a developer of the PhysX physics processing software used by gaming developers in over 140 gaming tiles.  Their software can be found in games on the three major gaming consoles as well as PC-based games.  AGEIA is also the developer of the PhysX hardware accelerator for physics processing that has seen limited support among developers.  No details were disclosed concerning price or how the deal is structured, but NVIDIA has said it plans to provide more information during its quarterly conference call with investors on February 13.   This move continues a trend begun by Intel last year with its purchase of Havok whose software is also used in game development as well as producing special effects for movies.  As the industry moves toward a more tightly integrated computing model which combines the CPU and GPU on a single platform, more processing can be offloaded to the GPU and its massive parallel computing capabilities.  With NVIDIA and Intel having locked up the two major players one has to wonder where that leaves AMD/ATI and whether its graphics cards will be excluded from future games making use of the PhysX technology.

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