The two companies announced today that NVIDIA will acquire PhysX maker AGEIA
; terms were not disclosed. The Daily Tech is one of the few covering the news to go much beyond the press release
, mentioning that AMD considered buying AGEIA last November but passed, and that the combination positions NVIDIA to compete with Intel on a second front, beyond the GPU — as Intel purchased AGEIA competitor Havok last September. While NVIDIA talked about supporting the PhysX engine on their GPUs, it's not clear whether AGEIA's hardware-based physics accelerator will play any part in that. AMD declared GPU physics dead
last year, but NVIDIA at least presumably begs to differ. The coverage over at PC Perspectives goes into more depth
on what the acquisition portends for the future of physics, on the GPU or elsewhere.