ASUSTeK Computer said at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) it would launch add-in cards that would feature AGEIAs PhysX processor. The products will boost performance of physics in certain next-generation computer games that support AGEIAs technology.
AGEIAs PhysX is the worlds first Physics Processing Unit (PPU), which offloads software physics processing from central processing units and graphics processing units to it. The architecture of the PhysX PPU is tailored for multi-threaded processing of vertexes, which allows game creators to develop detailed, soft and precise animation and simulation of movements, hair, clothing, liquids, fluids and other. Currently AGEIA PhysX is the worlds first and only dedicated physics processing unit, but the company expects more startups to offer similar technology.
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News source: Xbit Labs