The HYDRA engine combines a system-on-chip with exclusive software technologies that efficiently load-balances graphics processing tasks, delivering another industry breakthrough: near-linear to above-linear performance with two, three or more graphics cards. All together, the technology means people will be able to customize and tweak their PC to achieve the price, performance and power balance they want – whether it is a mainstream system or a high-performance gaming package."Hang on a second, let's get our heads around this a bit. This thing isn't a GPU and it's not a motherboard chipset but it's a sort of GPU loadbalancer, right? Check, that's the long and short of this new technology but perhaps it's the performance claims that really get our attention. Not only is HYDRA able to co-join GPUs from both NVIDIA and AMD-ATI, as the diagram to the left shows but the claim is that we'll see a "near-liner" to "above linear" performance boost; Hello? Just how can we expect an "above linear" gain from two GPUs working in unison? We've lobbed a few pointed questions over the wall to our contacts at Lucid and will update this story if more detail becomes available.Coined a "real time distributed processing engine" the Lucid team is developing an SoC (System On a Chip) technology that allows mixing and matching of GPUs with a claimed efficiency that even the likes of NVIDIA and AMD haven't been able to achieve as of yet. Backed by VC firms Giza VC, Genesis Partners and Intel Capital, the company and technology, if it gains any significant traction, could shake up the landscape big time and of course be a prime target for acquisition by any of the major players in the 3D Graphics arena. The company was actually formed back in 2003 by a few industry veterans including former Silicon Graphics pioneer, Efraim Fogel. According to their release, Lucid is already engaged with major OEMs and ODMs targeting platform solutions for either motherboard or graphics card applications. Reportedly the HYDRA engine requires no modification to existing graphics driver software to function with standard graphics applications like DirectX. More on the announcment can be found here.
What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?
3vi1:I will believe it when I see it.
I'm a hard sell as well but DAMN! What a tease. I would hope their PR department was that hell bent on suicide right out of the gate. Think about it, 1 frame per second less than linear and they are toast. Can't wait to see how this pans out.
I used to carry a hammer in my computer tool kit. Just for fixing the packard Bells though.......
does seem a bit to good to be true. I can see this being a windows nightmare to be honest. SO lets say I am running an AMD card and a Nvidia card would I then require 2 seperate drivers. How would they not conflict.
Very good point. As it is now if you upgrade from one to another you have to run Driver Cleaner Pro and pray it works. I run it twice just to be sure. Even then you have a chance of needing to reinstall Windows.
That is awesome if it works. They have some really smart engineers in Israel. It was the Intel Israeli team responsible for core 2 design. So, anything is possible.
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