Lucid Logix tar ett steg bort från dedikerade kretsar och presenterar en mjukvarulösning som gör det möjligt för datorer med Intel Sandy Bridge att dynamiskt byta mellan processorns integrerade grafik och ett eller flera diskreta grafikkort.

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Virtu liknar till stora delar Nvidia Optimus, men fungerar oavsett om det står Geforce eller Radeon på kartongen. Lucids virtualiseringsmjukvara kan dessutom optimera utnyttjandet av resurser för varje individuellt program, exempelvis genom att låta krävande 3D-spel använda grafikkortet och små nyttoprogram den integrerade grafiken.

Om det diskreta grafikkortet inte behöver användas kan Virtu sänka ström- förbrukningen och reglera fläkthastigheten, vilket resulterar i mindre värmeutveckling, tystare drift och inte minst förbättrad batteritid.

Det enda som krävs för att Lucid Logix Virtu ska fungera är att videoutgångarna ansluts till Intels processor och inte det diskreta grafikkortet. Lösningen är helt mjukvarubaserad och kräver i övrigt inga särskilda kretsar för att fungera.

När eller om Virtu dyker upp i färdiga produkter är ännu inte känt, men troligtvis dröjer det inte särskilt länge innan moderkortstillverkare är med på noterna. En och annan dator med Lucid Logix virtualiseringsmjukvara hittar med all säkerhet till mässan Cebit 2011 i början av mars.

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LucidLogix Releases Virtu GPU Virtualization Software to Motherboard Manufacturers

New 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ Platforms to Deliver a No-Compromise HD Video Processing, Playback and 3D Gaming Experience

KFAR NETTER, Israel and SANTA CLARA, Calif. – February 22, 2011 – The pioneer of multi-vendor/multi-GPU graphic solutions, LucidLogix™ today announced it has released Virtu™ GPU virtualization software for 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor platforms to global motherboard manufacturers. With this technology, next-generation PCs will dynamically balance the advanced power-efficient, built-in media features of Intel Core processor graphics with the high-end, DirectX 11 3D, anti-aliasing and performance features of discrete GPUs, while significantly reducing the power drain of traditional entertainment desktops. Ultimately, the consumer is assured optimal simultaneous performance in 3D gaming and video functions like transcoding and HD playback without the need to swap video cable connections between GPUs. “A simple software solution, Virtu is a cost-efficient technology with big rewards,” said Offir Remez, LucidLogix president and founder. “Virtu solves both usability and power consumption issues for motherboard consumers and makes it easy for an OEM to build systems that have no-compromise video and 3D graphics capabilities.”

Lucid GPU virtualization software assigns tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features
considerations, with no need for additional hardware. If graphics power is needed for applications like high-resolution 3D gaming, the system will assign the job to the discrete GPU. If not, the discrete GPU automatically goes into idle mode, while heat drops, fan speed slows down and GPU utilization goes down to zero, resulting in a green, power-efficient, long-lasting system. Designed for entry-level through mainstream PCs equipped with 2nd Generation Intel Core processors and NVIDIA or AMD 3D GPUs, Virtu software automatically adjusts the performance, thermal and feature allocation based on the requirements of individual applications.

The only system requirement is to always connect the display screen directly to the motherboard’s built-in display output (DVI, HDMI, etc). “With Lucid’s Virtu, PC gamers who require discrete graphics for high-resolution gaming can easily get the amazing built-in visual capabilities of 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors, including Intel® Quick Sync Video and Intel® Insider,” said Zane Ball, General Manager of Desktop Platforms. With the first release candidate out in the market now, Lucid expects motherboard manufacturers to release product by next quarter. For more information about LucidLogix, visit www.lucidlogix.com.

About LucidLogix
Lucid Technologies has reinvented multi-core graphics with its HydraLogix real-time distributed processing engine that improves visual computing for both business and gaming applications. A fabless SoC provider, headquartered in Kfar Netter, Israel with sales and marketing in Santa Clara, California, Lucid’s innovations are protected by more than 60 patents pending. For more information, visit the Lucid website or follow @LucidHYDRA on Twitter.

About Intel
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

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