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Imagination Ships Caustic Series2 R2500 and R2100 Ray Tracing Accelerators

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Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies company, is now shipping its Caustic Series2 PC boards, the R2500 and R2100, which accelerate PowerVR OpenRL applications including the Caustic Visualizer viewport plug-ins for Autodesk Maya and 3ds Max and the Neon viewport in Rhinoceros 5 from Robert McNeel and Associates.

The Caustic Series2 is the first family of high performance ray tracing accelerator PC boards using Imagination's unique ray tracing technologies in the world's first chipset dedicated to high performance, fully interactive ray tracing in a workstation environment.

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I wouldn't mind some competition on the PC segment. AMD and NVIDIA only is so boring compared to years ago with bunch of gfx card makers.
 
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Imagination Technologies, a leading multimedia technologies company
So leading that no one has heard of them.

News people here really need to stop with all this nonsense.
 

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So leading that no one has heard of them.

News people here really need to stop with all this nonsense.
I have. Heard of PowerVR? That's their graphic division.
 
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I hope the actual product ships with the fan headers attached :wtf:
 
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Cool, downloading OpenRL SDK now.

Be nice if one of these Ray Tracing API's becomes well developed and mature before MS has a chance to force "DirectRT" on us.
 
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So leading that no one has heard of them.

News people here really need to stop with all this nonsense.
Well, pretty much every smartphone is running Imagination tech on its GPU. And we all know how many millions of smartphones companies sell yearly...
 

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Well, pretty much every smartphone is running Imagination tech on its GPU. And we all know how many millions of smartphones companies sell yearly...
What tech?
 
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So leading that no one has heard of them.

News people here really need to stop with all this nonsense.
So leading that you most likely own a device with their GPU in it without even knowing about it.
All of Apple's iOS products, all "current" Atom processors and a bunch of ARM SoC's use Imagination's PowerVR graphics, so the fact that you don't know who they are simply shows that you don't pay attention. :cool:
 
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Note that these cards aren't graphics cards, they're ray tracing cards and you'll still need a graphics card. Given some time though, we might just get to see this tech refined and featured in computer and mobile device graphics, but that'll most likely take at least a couple of years.
 

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hello 3 foot video card.
 
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Looks like my Voodoo 5500
 
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Again, these are NOT graphics cards.
The cards based on technology developed by Caustic Graphics, a company that Imagination bough about two years or so ago. As a side note, Caustic Graphics was started by some ex Apple staff - http://www.nytimes.com/external/ven...aphics-to-create-graphics-chips-w-104854.html

Imagination is working to somehow implement this technology with its series of PowerVR based graphics cores, but the two currently have very little in common. There's an OpenRL SDK for PowerVR based graphics, but that's about it afaik.
 
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Again, these are NOT graphics cards.
The cards based on technology developed by Caustic Graphics, a company that Imagination bough about two years or so ago. As a side note, Caustic Graphics was started by some ex Apple staff - http://www.nytimes.com/external/ven...aphics-to-create-graphics-chips-w-104854.html

Imagination is working to somehow implement this technology with its series of PowerVR based graphics cores, but the two currently have very little in common. There's an OpenRL SDK for PowerVR based graphics, but that's about it afaik.
I remember that. I remember reading something at the same time that ray tracing is the next step in graphics or something or another.
 

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Let's hope J.J. Abram's VFX team doesn't get a hold of these. More distracting, fake, and eye-sore optical effects.
 
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do those compete with Intel xeon co processors?
 
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do those compete with Intel xeon co processors?
At the moment no, you can't utilize a Phi via OpenRL. But support could be added in the future by Imagination, Intel, or a joint effort.

OpenRL, on which the Caustic Visualizers are based, is a platform independent ray tracing layer. It currently supports CPU-only ray tracing and will also target the Caustic hardware, which will be shipping early next year.

While OpenRL is platform independent by nature, we can't comment on any plans to port OpenRL to other platforms. However, we are always listening to our users (and this Forum) and are very interested in what other platforms they find attractive.

Best,

Michael Kaplan
Director of Product Management, Imagination Technologies

-edit- Of course, OpenRL isn't the only library available. If any of them gain support for Phi, there's the potential for competition.
 
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Looks like my Voodoo 5500
Actually looks more like a Voodoo 6000




Btw, that CPU looks small. Tech inside cannot fit into a professional GPU accelerator?
 
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are those 512-bit memory buses on those cards?
 
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