Intel Invests Further In Graphics

"Intel has reportedly invested $12 million dollars to fund the efforts of the Isreali graphics startup Lucid Information Technology. Read on to find out more..."

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Author: PV5150
Source: EE-Times

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Intel has reportedly invested $12 million dollars to fund the efforts of the Isreali graphics startup Lucid Information Technology. The startup's main focus is currently on a graphics acceleration traffic organizing chipset which will offer support for up to 4 discrete GPU's. Thanks to the dedicated silicon and specific driver which coordinate communication between the CPU and all GPU's, it could very well be possible to see a system running which is comprised of ATI and NVIDIA GPU's. With full-production targeted for the end of 2007, it should certainly be interesting to see what new developments this new product will make in the world of enthusiast gaming.

Lucid's chip is mainly targeted at the gaming computer industry. The company estimates that PCs consume at least 60 million GPUs annually, while new games demand more computation than a single GPU can provide. The chip acts like a hub connecting the main processor to the multiple graphics processors, serving as a traffic cop. One part of it is a chip situated between the two units, and the other part is a software driver, that now supports Windows. The chip helps divide the graphics processing work among several GPUs, while the driver helps makes the application indifferent to the graphics processors in use. (EE-Times, 2007)

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03-01-2007, 15:55:37

markkleb
Sounds like the PERFECT mobo...:)

03-01-2007, 16:18:21

Nagaru
I can see why case modders would like it, but for everyone else it is just another incompatible standard. Also I can see a shortage of slots, with 4 take for 2 graphics cards, one for audio, one for physics, and maybe RAID that is 7 slots, so I don't think they can really save any space on slots, but this is just my 2 cents.

03-01-2007, 16:52:07

FragTek
Sounds like it would be a good platform... I don't use any of the mentioned crap any more. Well wait, I do have a floppy drive still so we can't lose that :p

04-01-2007, 06:49:04

Rastalovich

I can see why case modders would like it, but for everyone else it is just another incompatible standard. Also I can see a shortage of slots, with 4 take for 2 graphics cards, one for audio, one for physics, and maybe RAID that is 7 slots, so I don't think they can really save any space on slots, but this is just my 2 cents.



Ya that`s fair, which is why I think they could have a hybrid also which "conforms" prehaps, but still lose the redundant clutter ports, ps2 etc.

Frag - pfft - how about the allow 1 or 2 usb hubs internally, which can double up as case extensions to front - or a connector the same/similar to a laptop floppy connector ? nice and small. On the lappy front, I *think* that connector has multiple uses, optical, zip etc - however a small passthrough circuit I believe is required.

And get opticals working off SATA ports, IDE can be totally removed then.

09-01-2007, 14:12:23

cybermaniac
no way!

KEEP PS2 PORTS!!!!!

i know alot of pre-boot programs and devices that will NOT accept USB keyboard and mouse.....

09-01-2007, 14:22:36

Ham
IIRC AMD/ATI are coming up with an all-in-one solution thing. They announced it at that conferacne thing XMS and Kemp went too.

Theres a long news things about it somwhere.

09-01-2007, 14:38:22

Toxcity
Arrhh MAn!

I love AMD but hate ATI!! Looks like a move to intel.. :(

09-01-2007, 17:23:11

PP Mguire
Well if you love AMD then you love ATI too cause they are one company. Seriously, Nvidia grapchis=ATI graphics. Same crap, another name until now. No sense to being a fan boy. I also agree on keeping PS2 ports. I actualy still use my PS2 port sometimes on a PS2 keyboard. I still use an IDE 200gig HD and an IDE DVD-burner. Some people cant afford to upgrade everying to SATA. You can lose the printer and com ports though, thats useless. I dont see a need for integrated video when you have 2 PCI-E slots. I believe their should be 3 or 4 instead and 1 PCI slot. Integrated Wifi and X-FI quality onboard audio. My $0.02.

10-01-2007, 10:58:10

Rastalovich

Well if you love AMD then you love ATI too cause they are one company. Seriously, Nvidia grapchis=ATI graphics. Same crap, another name until now. No sense to being a fan boy. I also agree on keeping PS2 ports. I actualy still use my PS2 port sometimes on a PS2 keyboard. I still use an IDE 200gig HD and an IDE DVD-burner. Some people cant afford to upgrade everying to SATA. You can lose the printer and com ports though, thats useless. I dont see a need for integrated video when you have 2 PCI-E slots. I believe their should be 3 or 4 instead and 1 PCI slot. Integrated Wifi and X-FI quality onboard audio. My $0.02.


Even if some1 wanted to stick with a ps2 keyboard/mouse, most new ones come with a 2" adaptor so they can work either way.- so that wouldn`t be an issue.

The thing with the IDE devices.. hmm, well they would be `new` boards, emphasis being that u`r looking to build a new machine. I know that the majority of us will, through the year, buy a piece of kit and integrate our existing stuff around it - end result is a small outlay and an overall increase. But... well ok, u can have 1 EIDE slot point off the edge of the board. Going forward tho, if some1`s to consider buying all new, they`d surely consider SATA over PATA otherwize part of the board upgrade is a waste of money - may aswell buy a regular board ?!?/1

Now the crux of it is this onboard graphic issue - my arguement being they need not necessarily stick to conventional thinking if they were going to produce one. They can have their own bus, as it`s integrated, that could utilize non-special chips, but running data faster than anything existing. Of course I have mentioned that there can be varieties, ones with pci-e if u like. - so that`s really not an issue either. This won`t be like onboard gfx are today, something crap chucked out by intel to a mobo manuf - these people are in bed together and can head in the same directions.

Unless something comes out of the blue that shows an onboard sound thingy that is as good or better than some pci cards - here is the issue afaic. I personally loathe onboard sound. So here I agree the need for a slot for them.

Maybe AMD should buy Creative ?!!?! Then the likes of certain pc manufacturers can kiss their butts goodbye >.<

10-01-2007, 11:20:31

Kempez
The onboard CPU-GPU integration is a VERY good thing if implemented well. If anyone cares to read my article about it it goes over a few of the ways it could be so good.

PCI-e GFX cards will still exist for uber-high end user (AMD/ATI think pretty much always) but this should mean that low-mid end users get amazing graphics integrated that they can easily upgrade.

Also let's think of what else a CPU-GPU combo can do shall we...? They're not just stuck with graphics after all.

Read my article and have a good think about it...it makes sense
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