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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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RE: Wake up AGEIA
By Flunk on 8/24/2007 12:01:58 AM , Rating: 3
I really do hope no one buys this. I don't want to see Physics processors go mainstream because it's just another piece of hardware to buy that we really don't need.

The last thing I want is to have to buy another card with every new PC.


RE: Wake up AGEIA
By phusg on 8/24/2007 9:11:04 AM , Rating: 2
I understand you not wanting extra cards in your system, but you do realise that if this does go mainstream it will be integrated into either motherboards, CPU's or GPU's? It's not that much silicon we're talking about here.


RE: Wake up AGEIA
By Flunk on 8/24/2007 9:59:30 AM , Rating: 3
I expect it to me more like a graphics card where the integrated ones are useless and you need to spend upwards of $400 for a high end physics card.

If you had told anyone 10 years ago that they would make $700 graphics cards (8800 Ultra) they would think you were crazy.


RE: Wake up AGEIA
By phusg on 8/24/2007 10:26:19 AM , Rating: 2
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I expect it to me more like a graphics card where the integrated ones are useless and you need to spend upwards of $400 for a high end physics card.

I don't. Physics is fundamentally different from GPU's in that it changes the game play experience (well, at least it should, otherwise there isn't much point) and not just the resolution and number of frames rendered per second. I therefore don't expect Ageia to release different versions of their card in a hurry, maybe only when (32 core?) CPU's catch up with the physics processing power of their current hardware.

The current chip is made up of 125 million transistors. This is about as many as a GeForce FX 5800 or GeForce 7300 GS, and so should readily be able to be integrated given a small enough procedure.

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If you had told anyone 10 years ago that they would make $700 graphics cards (8800 Ultra) they would think you were crazy.

That my friend is very true! Also if anyone actually bought one of those cards at that price I'd think they were crazy.


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