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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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Slows down the video as it should
By Mitch101 on 8/23/2007 7:51:04 PM , Rating: 2
I have to say this before everyone starts screaming about how a physics card didnt cause frame rates to triple.

It will slow down your video card because your video card will now have more objects to draw on the screen so dont expect a boost in video performance expect a decline but if you can afford a physics card you probably can afford a better video card than most people. Enjoy the eye candy that developers add as a bonus and dont complain.

Where cards like this would benefit is in things where many many objects could be moving on the screen at the same time. But sadly since everyone doesnt own one they wont code the game to have the options that would really benefit from a physics card.

Here is to someday having the full benefits of physics in the game. Yes I know a GPU can do physics but if your GPU is busy doing physics instead of graphics someone will complain about the framerates but time will hopefully resolve this situation as GPU's get even more powerfull. I believe someday it will be optional like turning on tri-linear filtering if you have the available GPU threads available without sacrificing going below 60fps.

RE: Slows down the video as it should
By dude on 8/24/2007 1:59:13 AM , Rating: 2
Build it, and they will come!

Well, not in this case. The problem I remember with the card was it was very expensive for what it did, and it did so poorly.

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