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PeakStream expands graphics chip programming

Start-up releases beta version of Windows software to squeeze processing power out of multicore chips and graphics engines.

Start-up PeakStream has released beta software to let Windows programmers write programs that tap into the power of muliticore processors and graphics chips. The company already had released Linux-based software in September.

The company's products are geared chiefly for the high-performance computing market, which has an insatiable appetite for processing power. Using the graphics chip to boost conventional chips is becoming more feasible as graphics chips become more programmable, get more dedicated memory and become more tightly integrated with the central processor.