I’m not really into just posting news blurbs here at HCW Tech Blog, but this is probably going to be a slow weekend anyway, as I am still settling in from vacation (and suffering some jetlag). This press release just popped up on Friday night, regarding Intel’s impending purchase of Irish company Havok, the makers of the physics engine most commonly used in games today. This could mean big things for gamers, such as physics acceleration (or at least software optimization) on future GPU’s and CPU’s.
How this will affect Havok’s current relationships with Intel’s competitors like nvidia and AMD remain to be seen. Since Havok will remain a separate entity, it is very unlikely that the Havok engine will become proprietary… This is most likely a way to add developer power to Larrabee, Intel’s upcoming discrete GPU.
Well AGEIA, it’s been nice knowin’ ya. It’s been a fun ride while it lasted. Wait a minute, no it hasn’t.