AIseek promises to offer a hardware artificial intelligence accelerator
card. AIseek seeks to offload AI tasks from the CPU by using an in-house
designed processor dubbed the Intia
processor. The Intia processor offers hardware accelerated path finding,
sensory simulation and terrain analysis functionality—features typically
processed by the CPU which AIseek claims takes quite a bit of CPU power. AIseek
also claims the Intia processor can process low-level AI tasks 100-200 times faster
than the system CPU can.
Games that will benefit from hardware accelerated AI include
RTS, RPG and FPS games according to AIseek. A few examples of how these genres
benefit from hardware AI acceleration technology are also stated in the FAQ:
With accelerated AI,
RTS worlds can be large, complex and highly dynamic, with thousands of
AI-controlled units moving and behaving intelligently at all times. In RPG
games, cities and landscapes can come alive with thousands of fully-simulated
characters. With full simulation, all characters remain alive and intelligent
both on-screen and off-screen (i.e., no loss of AI level-of-detail), resulting
in much more believable, life-like worlds. For Action games and Shooters,
accelerated AI means no more dumb enemies.
It is unknown when AIseek’s hardware AI accelerator board or
technologies will arrive in retail or gain developer support, though it most
likely won’t be for a while. With manufacturers advertising the ultimate gaming
experience as having multi-GPU rendering technologies such as ATI’s CrossFire
or NVIDIA’s SLI, an Ageia
PhysX accelerator, Creative Labs X-Fi Fatal1ty and Bigfoot Networks’
KillerNIC, there seems to be more expansion cards needed than slots
available for the ultimate gaming experience.
quote: "Scratches head" and considers making a word processing CPU
quote: What we would all like to get away from is all of the many many cards in our PCs taking up space and generating more heat, for one that consolidates all of these "similar" peices of equipment into one
quote: If you're hoping that the NPCs in your favorite title will start acting smarter anytime soon, you'll be disappointed. Right now, it's unclear whether Intia is anything more than a name associated with a web site designed to attract venture capital funding. There is nothing indicating when Intia will be shipping, when AIseek's SDK will be available to developers, or what type of hardware will be necessary to use it.