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New AGEIA PhysX 100M physics processor for notebooks

AGEIA Technologies this week announced it is taking PhysX technology to the mobile sector with new PhysX 100M. The new AGEIA PhysX 100M is a physics processor designed for high-end gaming notebooks. AGEIA claims the PhysX 100M delivers unmatched “power, efficiency and design flexibility.”

"AGEIA is fully committed to delivering the most intensely realistic gaming and entertainment experience to PC gamers," said Manju Hegde, CEO of AGEIA Technologies. "We are enabling enthusiasts to enjoy games their way: whenever and wherever they want. AGEIA PhysX Mobile Technology further expands our position in the gaming market and we look forward to seeing new laptops bring gamers the freedom to enjoy incredible physics action on the go."

AGEIA claims the PhysX 100M processor is available now, but does not mention any design wins. However, notebooks featuring the AGEIA PhysX 100M are expected very soon. AGEIA is also showcasing the PhysX 100M at the Games Convention in Leipzig, Germany.

Games featuring AGEIA PhysX technology are still quite scarce, with the biggest title supporting PhysX technology being the Tom Clancy Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter series while Unreal Tournament 3 is the next big title, but still in development.

AMD and NVIDIA have both previewed CrossFire and SLI physics technologies powered by Havok FX, but neither company have delivered a hardware physics processing solution.

High-performance gaming notebooks are the latest trend in mobile computing. Technologies previously found only on desktops have made its way into notebooks. NVIDIA last year debuted SLI technology for notebooks while AMD released its ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2000 series consecutively with its desktop ATI Radeon HD 2000 models. NVIDIA also delivers its latest GeForce 8 series technology to the mobile sector. Overclocking has also found its way into notebooks, with unlocked Core 2 Extreme X7800 and X7900 processors and MSI’s Turbo button.

Notebook manufacturers are also releasing bigger and faster gaming notebooks with display sizes up to 20-inches. HP’s Pavilion HDX notebook packs ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics with a 20.1-inch display and two hard drives. ASUS also has two Santa Rosa based gaming notebooks in its lineup, as well as a new do-it-yourself gaming notebook. Dell also has its upcoming Dell XPS M1730 with a 17-inch display, Core 2 Extreme X7800 processor and GeForce 8 series graphics while Eurocom manages to pack quad-core, SLI technology, RAID 5 and Blu-ray in a single 17.1-inch notebook.

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captain obvious
By Gul Westfale on 8/23/2007 7:44:03 PM , Rating: 4
well it's power, efficiency, and design flexibilty are quite obviously unmatched, since ageia have no competitor.

they also still have no content that actually uses their card, and i believe carmack has stated that there is nothing you can do with it that you cannot also do on a modern dual core CPU- so the ageia chip is just a useless piece of silicon that eats more battery life, a capacity in which it is, indeed, "unmatched".

maybe in two generations of chip revisions and redevelopment we will see a benefit to this, just as we did with 3D graphics cards after they matured a bit, but right now this seems like a waste of money, especially on a laptop.

RE: captain obvious
By yxalitis on 8/23/2007 11:50:05 PM , Rating: 2
Not just useless, $200 worth of useless.
Ageia must have deep pockets indeed to keep funding this turkey with poor sales, and little industry support.

I would have thought this would have disappeared a while the Bit Brothers mythical GPU

RE: captain obvious
By jtesoro on 8/24/2007 12:39:36 AM , Rating: 5
If I overclock it, will it become more useless or less useless?

RE: captain obvious
By dude on 8/24/2007 1:56:15 AM , Rating: 2
Hm.... this is a tricky one...!

RE: captain obvious
By Jedi2155 on 8/24/2007 5:26:12 AM , Rating: 2
Still useless ;).

RE: captain obvious
By Griswold on 8/24/2007 7:04:12 AM , Rating: 2
Is 0*0 still 0?

RE: captain obvious
By MaK2000 on 8/24/2007 11:17:32 AM , Rating: 2
Aren't they technically competing with NVidia now that the 8 series have embedded physics processing? I remember Anand doing a review on which is better and it came out they they were about even and actually software physics was barely behind that.

RE: captain obvious
By Howard on 8/27/2007 12:46:54 AM , Rating: 2
You mean 0 * anything?

RE: captain obvious
By dude on 8/24/2007 1:55:30 AM , Rating: 2
Wow, a blast from the past!

BitBoys, what hath become of thee?

RE: captain obvious
By The Jedi on 8/24/2007 2:49:26 PM , Rating: 2
bought by ATI -> bought by AMD
... after they transitioned to mobile phone technology.

RE: captain obvious
By phusg on 8/24/2007 9:04:54 AM , Rating: 3
Little industry support? Their API is an integral part of the Unreal 3 games engine! There will probably be special Physx maps in UT2007. If that ain't solid industry support I don't know what is. That said, let's hope that Epic have written code that actually puts the hardware to good use, otherwise the nay sayers will continue to have a field day.

RE: captain obvious
By Flunk on 8/24/2007 9:56:34 AM , Rating: 2
One game engine does not constitute industry support. That would be like saying you have widespread support for your graphics card but only shipping Macintosh drivers. That is a very small percentage of the overall gaming market.

RE: captain obvious
By phusg on 8/24/2007 10:12:15 AM , Rating: 2
I think it does if that engine is also the market-leader. I'm pretty sure that UT2007 will be the single best selling PC game this year. Not really comparable to the admittedly very small (<10%) market-share that Macintosh has.

RE: captain obvious
By TSS on 8/25/2007 7:10:52 AM , Rating: 2
you have got to be kidding me right? please go here, and just check the front page, and count how many news posts there are about UE3 licences.

there are 26.

26 times a compagny has licenced the engine for either 1 game or multiple games. this does not include the huge fanbase unreal tournament has, and gears of war once it's been ported to pc. who knows that might support the card as well since its the same engine, though i haven't heard anything about that.

now, i'm not a developer or a programmer but i assume that once a engine has been written with a specific physics api, it would but much more favorable to use that api as well instead of another, if thats at all possible. so, in essence, there are going to be around 28 games with support not too long from now (say within 2 years). thats not a big number, but it's better then 1 or 2. did i say 28 games?

"Midway Games Inc. today announced a multi-year, studio-wide, licensing agreement with Epic Games giving Midway use of Epic's Unreal Engine 3 technology and tools for next generation console and PC game development.

Vivendi Universal Games (VU Games), a global developer, publisher and distributor of multi-platform interactive entertainment, today announced a global studio-wide agreement under which VU Games will license Unreal® Engine 3 tools and technology for next generation console and PC game development."

those are just 2 press releases. this will be one of the most used engines since the quake 3 era. it will make or break this card. DT/AT really need to de a review on that as soon as it's in the stores :P

RE: captain obvious
By Procurion on 8/24/2007 11:03:13 AM , Rating: 2
So let me get this straight, phusg et al.....I'm supposed to go out and pay $200+ for a card that only really works with ONE game-a game that hasn't even been released yet? With no guarantee that the game has been fully optimised for the physics card? No guarantee that ANY other developer is going to include code for this paperweight?

RE: captain obvious
By phusg on 8/27/2007 7:01:51 AM , Rating: 2
No. If you read my comment(s) I never suggest anyone should rush out and buy this card. I was just commenting on the supposed lack of industry support for the thing. Personally I'm holding back on my possible purchase until I see that it really makes a difference to my UT2007 experience.

RE: captain obvious
By Schmide on 8/24/2007 4:33:54 AM , Rating: 4
I got a great idea.

Bundle this with the killer nic and I'll buy one.


RE: captain obvious
By Gul Westfale on 8/25/2007 1:23:11 AM , Rating: 2
yes, and all for the low, low price of eleventy billion dollars!

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