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A new version of the interface makes software running on graphics chips more self-reliant and better at sharing data with conventional software running on CPUs.
Version 1.2 of the interface standard for letting general programs use graphics chip power lets programmers govern the resources available to a task.
The Knights Corner processor is a serious attempt by Intel to build a supercomputer-specific chip. It will be roughly equivalent to the processing power of supercomputer in 1996 that had 9,000 cores.
First came WebGL for 3D graphics on the Web. A possible sequel uses graphics chips to speed more general software like video game physics engines and photo processing.
Chipmakers AMD and Nvidia quit an industry consortium that distributes a common PC benchmark. AMD is claiming bias, but the BAPCo group and Intel don't agree.
Now that the chipmakers have started talking about their next-generation products, we can begin to see how the competition will play out in the marketplace.
The companies will hold an event next week to discuss collaboration on improvements to the forthcoming Windows 7.
The official release is right around the corner, and some folks are looking forward to using the new OS. But is it an ideal platform for gamers too?
Improvements in the operating system will include how Windows handles multitasking, graphics acceleration, and solid-state drives.
At company's analyst day, Jen-Hsun Huang says future will make the graphics processor the equal of processors made by Intel, citing Apple as an early indicator.