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Nvidia Aquires Ageia Gaming PhysX Technology

Nvidia has announced it is acquiring gaming physics company Ageia to implement PhysX to Nvidia’s GeForce graphics hardware cards. Ageia adds physical reality to existing games for Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and gaming PCs.

PhysX, developed by Ageia, adds physical reality to existing games for Sony PlayStation 3, Microsoft Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and gaming PCs. Using Ageia’s PhysX software development kit, games get a modern boost in physical reality such as smoke billowing from an object after an explosion, or the behavior of a rock when moved. The renowned company recently provided the kit to developers to create physical experiences in Unreal Tournament 3.

AGEIA PhysX Mobile Technology features low power and thermal design with power dissipation of nearly 10W under gameplay conditions.

Company president and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said of the financial deal, “The Ageia team is world class, and is passionate about the same thing we are—creating the most amazing and captivating game experiences. By combining the teams that created the world’s most pervasive GPU and physics engine brands, we can now bring GeForce-accelerated PhysX to hundreds of millions of gamers around the world.”

Dell XPS 1730, launched in September 2007, is one of the first laptops to integrate Ageia PhysX 100M processor.

Terms of the acquisition were not immediately disclosed.