The AGEIA PhysX hardware accelerator has been a solution in search of a program. Meaning, there's just not enough software available to really make it worthwhile. That said, they have announced a mobile version for notebooks.
Today, the company announced the PhysX 100M mobile processor, aimed at
adding hardware-accelerated physics to high-end desktop replacement
gaming notebooks. According to the press release, this new mobile part
is designed to operate, "with power dissipation of nearly 10W under
gameplay conditions." It also includes power management features not
seen in the desktop version, to throttle down the clock speed if things
get too hot or if the chip is idle.
Judging from the image of the
mobile part, it comes as a module including chip and memory, similar to
the desktop card but in a different form factor and with a different
connector. Don't expect to find these in a 6 lb. laptop, though. This
is aimed at those big heavy 17" desktop replacement gaming notebooks
with high-end graphics and CPUs.
It looks like the first laptop to have
one of these will be Dell, though there's no details on what model it
will appear on. Our thought would be one of the XPS gaming models.