Last month, AGEIA announce an interesting chip known as the PhysX, a Physics
Processing Unit (PPU) that accelerates physics-related calculation. This PPU is
made on 0.13 micron technology and is touted to contain 125M transistors. AGEIA
will be pairing GDDR3 with their PPU to achieve cost saving. PhysX will work
hand in hand with CPU and GPU to improve game realism especially those that
demands lots of physics calculations. Game developers can make use of the PPUs
to create better characters, maps, and visual effects therefore the some of the
next generation game engines like Unreal Engine 3 will be able to support them.

What VR-Zone has learned is that one of the graphics card manufacturer will
be making an add-on card based on PCI Express interface to either sell
standalone or bundle together with their graphics card. The cost/price of the
PhysX add-on card is not that expensive but unclear how much exactly at this
point of time. It should be available in the second half of this year perhaps
when ATi R520 or NVIDIA NV50/G70 come out. Future plans will be equipping the
PPU into the graphics cards itself so perhaps it can share the onboard GDDR3
together with the GPU. Best of all, what we have heard is that 3DMark scores
will improve with this PPU so certainly it is great for gamers and overclockers
alike.

Last month, AGEIA announce an interesting chip known as the PhysX, a Physics
Processing Unit (PPU) that accelerates physics-related calculation. This PPU is
made on 0.13 micron technology and is touted to contain 125M transistors. AGEIA
will be pairing GDDR3 with their PPU to achieve cost saving. PhysX will work
hand in hand with CPU and GPU to improve game realism especially those that
demands lots of physics calculations. Game developers can make use of the PPUs
to create better characters, maps, and visual effects therefore the some of the
next generation game engines like Unreal Engine 3 will be able to support them.

What VR-Zone has learned is that one of the graphics card manufacturer will
be making an add-on card based on PCI Express interface to either sell
standalone or bundle together with their graphics card. The cost/price of the
PhysX add-on card is not that expensive but unclear how much exactly at this
point of time. It should be available in the second half of this year perhaps
when ATi R520 or NVIDIA NV50/G70 come out. Future plans will be equipping the
PPU into the graphics cards itself so perhaps it can share the onboard GDDR3
together with the GPU. Best of all, what we have heard is that 3DMark scores
will improve with this PPU so certainly it is great for gamers and overclockers
alike.