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NVIDIA helping to bring PhysX to the Radeon GPU

Here's an interesting development. Remember last week I blogged about a third-party project that was attempting to bring PhysX support (NVIDIA-owned technology) to the Radeon GPU? Well, it now appears that the project has the support of NVIDIA.

Here's an interesting development. Remember last week I blogged about a third-party project that was attempting to bring PhysX support (NVIDIA-owned technology) to the Radeon GPU? Well, it now appears that the project has the support of NVIDIA:

Before we get to the good news, I’m going to ask you to hold on to something steady as some of you are going to feel a bit dizzy after you hear this. The truth is… Nvidia is now helping us with the project and it seems they are giving us their blessings. It’s very impressive, inspiring and motivating to see Nvidia's view on this. Why they help us? My best guess would be: They probably want to take on Intel with CUDA and to deal with the latest Havok threat from both AMD and Intel.

Yeah!

On the other hand, AMD/ATI aren't all that supportive of the project:

The bad news is we still don’t have access to any HD 4800 hardware yet. It is very important for this project to receive AMD’s support on both developer and PR levels. It seems that AMD still is not being cooperative, we get the feeling that they want this project to fail. Perhaps their plans are to strangle PhysX since AMD and Intel have Havok. We truly hope this is not the case since “format wars” are really bad for the consumers (For example: Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD).

Booo!

Seems that politics are getting in the way of this project. Tell me that isn't so ...

No details of when we can start to see modified drivers released, but it can't be far away now!

[UPDATE: It seems that AMD is, in part at least, cooperating with the project. Thanks to soonerproud for the heads-up.]

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