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09-01-2005, 08:44 PM
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and LAKE FOREST, Ill., Sept. 1 /PRNewswire/ --
AGEIA(TM) Technologies, Inc., the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for
games and BFG Technologies(R), Inc., a leading U.S.-based supplier of advanced
3D graphics cards and other PC enthusiast products, announced today that they
have entered into a retail distribution agreement. Under the contract, BFG
Technologies will manufacture, sell, market and distribute personal computer
add-in cards powered by the AGEIA PhysX(TM) processor to retail, e-tail and
distributors in the United States, Canada and the European Union member
AGEIA's PhysX chip defines an entirely new category of processor: the
physics processing unit that, when coupled with the PhysX SDK, provides cost-
effective hardware acceleration of physical interactions within a game
environment, such as fluid dynamics and rigid body dynamics. The result will
re-ignite the enthusiasm of gamers and game creators alike, and has the
potential to propel physics technology into unexplored new markets.
"There is no doubt that the next evolution of PC gaming hardware will
include technologies that dramatically improve realistic motion and physics in
the game environment," said Scott Herkelman, executive vice president of
marketing for BFG Technologies. "We are proud that AGEIA has chosen BFG
Technologies to be one of the driving forces for getting their ground-breaking
new PhysX processor into consumers' hands."
"BFG Technologies brings to the table an in-depth understanding of the
channel as well as extensive knowledge about what makes gamers tick," said
Manju Hegde, CEO and chairman of AGEIA. "BFG Technologies is trusted by game
players and PC enthusiasts, thereby making them poised to bring the PhysX
processor to market."

Pricing and Availability
BFG Technologies plans to offer stand-alone PCI cards with the AGEIA PhysX
processor and 128MB of local memory, which is used for storing and processing
physics data during game play. Products will be available at the end of this
year. Pricing and other product details will be announced at that time.

Ric Lewis, executive vice president of operations for BFG Technologies
added, "For our AGEIA PhysX-based cards, BFG Technologies will bring the same
relentless attention to build-quality and performance that have become
hallmarks of our award-winning graphics cards."

About BFG Technologies(R), Inc.
BFG Technologies is a privately held U.S. based supplier of premium,
award-winning 3D video cards based on NVIDIA(R) graphics technology and other
PC enthusiast products. BFG Technologies is world-renowned for their free 24
hour expert technical support and lifetime graphics card warranty, which has
been a hallmark of service since the company's inception. BFG Technologies
brand 3D graphics cards are available in the U.S. at Best Buy, CompUSA,
Wal-Mart, Fry's Electronics, and Newegg.com and also within premium Falcon
Northwest(TM) gaming systems, in Canada at CompuSmart/CompuCentre and Staples
Canada, and in the U.K. at Dabs.com, Overclockers UK and PC World/Dixons.
To find additional BFG Technologies retailers and to learn more about BFG
Technologies' products, please call 847-281-3110 or visit
http://www.bfgtech.com .

AGEIA(TM) Technologies, Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company and the
pioneer of hardware-accelerated physics for games. Its flagship product, the
PhysX processor, is the world's first dedicated physics processing unit - a
completely new hardware category. The PhysX processor and supporting software
deliver the processing horsepower to calculate real-time interactive worlds.
Developers can define these worlds to obey the laws of classical physics, or
create their own physical laws that make their game a unique,
hyper-dimensional experience.
AGEIA seeks to ignite innovation in the games industry by working with
leading developers, publishers, add-in board vendors and console manufacturers
to deliver the next generation of physically immersive entertainment. Consumer
add-in boards and systems equipped with the AGEIA PhysX processor and games
that take advantage of the technology will be available in late 2005. For
more information visit http://www.ageia.com .

09-01-2005, 09:57 PM
OW that fair made ma heid nip http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif trying to read that
Isnt it great what techies get up to when let loose with a typewriter http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

09-02-2005, 02:48 AM
So whast the moral of the story?


09-02-2005, 02:58 AM
I don't think it will last. Actually I believe it is "dead born" technology.
It will be the same as with DVD accelerator cards (I had a Creative dxr3). They made sense until CPUs got powerfull anough to decode DVDs in realtime and that happened very quickly. Sure, with dxr3 you could watch DVDs on pentium 133 Mhz.

Furthermore, the market for physics accelerator cards is very limited and I don't think game devs would profit from it.

09-02-2005, 05:55 AM
I dunno... I am thinking that eventually the chip will be incorporated into some of the pricier mobos..... Somehow I think that a lot of game developers will use this technology.... we'll see...

09-02-2005, 04:11 PM
Originally posted by Maple_Tiger:
So whast the moral of the story?


another thing to have to spend lots of mony on to play games as well as one more part that will complicate codeing ect raising the chance of compadabilty errors ect. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif this combined with duil core cpu's and SLI is looking to make pc gameing a uper class hobbie, 360 looking little better dispite the 400 doler Ptag.