Startup company Lucid Information Technology Ltd. has raised a $ 12 million round of funding from Intel Capital, Giza Venture Capital and Genesis Partners. Lucid’s chip is mainly targeted at the gaming computer industry. 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. It expects to have first full production silicon samples by the end of 2007 and plans to hit volume sales with a large board manufacturer such as Asustek, Leadtek or GigaByte and a system integrator such as Dell, HP or Alienware.

Startup company Lucid Information Technology Ltd. has raised a
$ 12 million round of funding from Intel Capital, Giza Venture Capital and
Genesis Partners. Lucid which employs 27 workers, aims to provide a graphics
acceleration traffic organizing chip that can support up to four GPUs
simultaneously. Lucid said it expects to have first full production silicon
samples by the end of 2007. The company plans to hit volume sales with a large
board manufacturer such as Asustek, Leadtek or GigaByte and a system integrator
such as Dell, HP or Alienware.

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.