Physics Acceleration Heats Up: Intel to Purchase Havok
September 16, 2007 1:07 AM
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Intel reaches definitive agreement to purchase physics software developer Havok
Intel has announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase software developer Havok, Inc. Havok provides various software development tools to digital animation and game developers and is one of the largest providers for software physics.
“Havok is a proven leader in physics technology for gaming and digital content, and will become a key element of Intel’s visual computing and graphics efforts,” said Renee J. James, Intel vice president and general manager of Software and Solutions Group.
“This is a great fit for Havok products, customers and employees,” remarked Havok CEO David O’Meara. “Intel’s scale of technology investment and customer reach enable Havok with opportunities to grow more quickly into new market segments with new products than we could have done organically. We believe the winning combination is Havok’s technology and customer know-how with Intel’s scale. I am excited to be part of this next phase of Havok’s growth.”
A recent trend is to offload physics processing to either a GPU or dedicated physics processor. So far, though,
, ATI, and NVIDIA have not made much headway in the physics market.
Both NVIDIA and ATI have previewed
, however, neither company has delivered any actual physics hardware yet. It’s pretty interesting to note that both ATI and NVIDIA’s physics solutions rely on
. However, it is unlikely that Intel’s acquisition of Havok will affect Havok’s partnership with either AMD or NVIDIA.
“Havok will operate its business as usual, which will allow them to continue developing products that are offered across all platforms in the industry,” said Renee J. James regarding the future of Havok.
Essentially, Havok will operate as a subsidiary of Intel and will continue to operate as an independent business. This reinforces the belief that current partnerships will not be affected.
Havok has partnerships with many of the largest names in the gaming community such as Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, NVIDIA, and AMD. Havok has provided software physics for games like Halo 3, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, Half Life 2 and Lost Planet: Extreme Condition.
In addition to providing software that adds physics realism to games, Havok also provides physics for professional software such as
Autodesk’s 3DS Studio Max 9
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9/16/2007 11:50:41 PM
Yes actually they do. Say you compile some code with the intel compiler it generates several code paths for new processors that support some version of sse and another for older processors that don't. Code generated by intel will check to see if you are running an intel chip not just a chip that will support sse before deciding to use the sse optomized code path If your non intel chip properly reports the supports sse bit intel's compiler will not allow it to run sse code.
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