Nvidia claims graphics breakthrough

Integrates transform and lighting on one chip

Graphics company Nvidia claimed it will be the first company to integrate transform and lighting processing on one chip. That, it said, means that standard APIs will allow a huge boost to PCs this year. Transform and lighting are bottlenecks in the graphics pipeline but because the steps are usually repetitive, it means dedicated graphics chips can handle them well. Said Nvidia in a statement: "By moving T&L calculations from the CPU to the graphics processor, there are more cycles available for modeling physics, artificial intelligence, character behavior and game play; areas that are severely lacking in modern applications. The benefit is two-fold, a world that both looks and behaves realistically. " ®

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