Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Feb 2008 22:37 UTC
3D News, GL, DirectX Graphics card producer NVidia confirmed late yesterday it is purchasing Ageia Technologies, the first producer of so-called 'physics processors' for 3D gamers, for an undisclosed amount. Ageia Technologies is best known for its PhysX processor, which is supported by popular games such as Gears of War, the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon series, and Unreal Tournament 3. Working under NVidia's wing will help the company properly implement PhysX into future product launches, which should result in a broader target market.
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Makes Sense
by MamiyaOtaru on Wed 6th Feb 2008 04:55 UTC
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Nvidia probably felt they had to buy them after Intel grabbed Havok, who had been working with Nvidia on their planned GPU based physics.

That's quite a bit of consolidation in the gaming physics area now. Ageia had previously bought Meqon (being used by 3drealms on DNF (heh)).

It all leaves AMD/ATI a bit out in the cold. I can't think of any other big physics companies they could buy. If Intel finally gets into the discrete GFX arena that's more bad news for AMD/ATI.

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