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Figured I would put this in Hardware, because nVidia will probably make Raytracing hardware. FTW!

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Details are pretty slim on this one at the moment, but PC Perspective is reporting that NVIDIA has snapped up the Utah-based start-up RayScale, a maker of ray tracing software. As PC Perspective points out, the move is made particularly interesting in light of some recent comments made by NVIDIA CTO David Kirk, who mused about the merging of ray tracing and rasterization into a "hybrid renderer" of sorts, but didn't offer any firm details on the company's plans at the time. No word on a price tag for the acquisition just yet, or any other details for that matter, but it seems like things should be getting a bit more official in the next few days.
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Hmm... looks like they're planning for the future!!
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first agei now this o_o whats AMD to do?
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first agei now this o_o whats AMD to do?
left in the dust haha.
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Figured I would put this in Hardware, because nVidia will probably make Raytracing hardware. FTW!
Already posted
http://www.overclock.net/hardware-ne...-bringing.html
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whats AMD to do?
AMD is to make the 4800 series the best goddam videocard ever released. thats what. lol

More on the serious side, i think AMD needs to focus on an innovative technology for the mainstream first. mayb a very effective GCPU
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left in the dust haha.
When Nvidia has an end product, then say that.
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i thought ray tracing was a graphics technique used in games like doom/duke3d to "fake" 3d, is it actually applied to newer games? can someone clarify this?
    
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i thought ray tracing was a graphics technique used in games like doom/duke3d to "fake" 3d, is it actually applied to newer games? can someone clarify this?
No... Ray tracing is emulating rays from a light source to the user's eye. It is high intensive since each ray has to be tracked and interactions need to be calculated.

Are you thinking about 2.5D? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2.5D
Edited by DuckieHo - 5/23/08 at 12:17pm
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Figured I would put this in Hardware, because nVidia will probably make Raytracing hardware. FTW!
Err....Current hardware can do ray tracing if I am not mistake; Apparently 3DMark Vantage uses some ray tracing.
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