CES 2011: LucidLogix Virtu technology could solve our Sandy Bridge graphics woes

Subject: Graphics Cards | December 30, 2010 - 09:34 PM |
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Remember how I was complaining on the podcast this week that if you used discrete graphics cards on your upcoming Sandy Bridge platform you weren't able to utilize the features of the integrated processor graphics like the media transcoding bits?  Well it appears there may be a solution for this from an unlikely source: LudicLogix.

A new piece of software called "Virtu" will enable an NVIDIA Optimus-like capability to have applications switch between using the Sandy Bridge (SNB) processor graphics and the installed discrete graphics.  
Called Virtu, the Lucid GPU virtualization software is able to assign tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features considerations, with no need for additional hardware. If high end graphics power is needed for applications like DirectX 11, high-resolution 3D gaming, the system will assign the job to the discrete GPU. If not, the discrete GPU automatically goes into idle mode, while heat drops, fan speed slows down and GPU utilization goes down to zero, resulting in a green, power-efficient, long-lasting system.
That's pretty sweet - and it is basically a way of putting all that development of the Lucid HYDRA technology software to work in another area.  Here is the part that entices me though:
“What we have really accomplished here is a seamless visual experience where it is not necessary to choose between the amazingly rich media features of Intel Sandy Bridge platform, like HD playback and powerful video transcoding, and the high-end 3D graphics functionality and performance of a discrete GPU,” said Offir Remez, LucidLogix president and founder. “Now it is possible to experience a no-guilt, no-compromise PC entertainment experience, and save on energy at the same time.”




If this works as I am imagining, the Virtu software will let you choose which GPU to use for each specific application, either manually or automatically through profiles.  Yes, this sounds more and more like NVIDIA's Optimus technology and it will be interesting to see how many OEMs adopt this option since it would potentially work with BOTH NVIDIA and AMD discrete graphics options on either mobile or desktop platforms.  
Very, very interesting...

LucidLogix GPU Virtualization to Reform Entertainment PC Power Consumption
Allows Discrete and Intel’s Sandy Bridge Processor Graphics to Dynamically Manage Power, Features and Performance
KFAR NETTER, Israel & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The pioneer of multi-vendor/multi-GPU graphic solutions, LucidLogix today announced ground-breaking GPU virtualization software designed for Intel Sandy Bridge platforms. With this technology, next generation PCs will dynamically balance the advanced power-efficient, built-in media features of Sandy Bridge processor graphics with the high-end, DirectX 11 3D performance features of discrete GPUs, while significantly reducing the power drain of traditional entertainment desktops.
“Now it is possible to experience a no-guilt, no-compromise PC entertainment experience, and save on energy at the same time.”
Called Virtu, the Lucid GPU virtualization software is able to assign tasks in real time to the best available graphics resource based on power, performance and features considerations, with no need for additional hardware. If high end graphics power is needed for applications like DirectX 11, high-resolution 3D gaming, the system will assign the job to the discrete GPU. If not, the discrete GPU automatically goes into idle mode, while heat drops, fan speed slows down and GPU utilization goes down to zero, resulting in a green, power-efficient, long-lasting system.
“What we have really accomplished here is a seamless visual experience where it is not necessary to choose between the amazingly rich media features of Intel Sandy Bridge platform, like HD playback and powerful video transcoding, and the high-end 3D graphics functionality and performance of a discrete GPU,” said Offir Remez, LucidLogix president and founder. “Now it is possible to experience a no-guilt, no-compromise PC entertainment experience, and save on energy at the same time.”
Designed for entry-level through mainstream PCs equipped with second generation Intel’s Core i3/i5/i7 and NVIDIA or AMD 3D GPUs, Virtu software automatically adjusts the performance, thermal and feature allocation based on the requirements of individual applications. The only system requirement is to always connect the display screen directly to the motherboard’s Sandy Bridge display output (DVI, HDMI, etc).
Recently demonstrated to the world’s top ODM and OEM system manufacturers, Remez added, “Customer feedback has been tremendous, since Virtu addresses a longstanding challenge in the market for dynamic resource allocation. Now desktops, which in real life rarely get shut down, will have the maximum graphics performance and features when they need it, while saving energy when they do not.”
Interested parties can evaluate a demo version of Lucid Virtu immediately and a beta version will be available in January 2011. In addition, the software will be demonstrated in a private suite in Las Vegas during the upcoming CES show, January 6-9. For more information about LucidLogix, visit www.lucidlogix.com.
About LucidLogix
Lucid Technologies has reinvented multi-core graphics with its HYDRALOGIX real-time distributed processing engine that improves visual computing for both business and gaming applications. A fabless SoC provider, headquartered in Kfar Netter, Israel with sales and marketing in Santa Clara, California, Lucid's innovations are protected by more than 60 patents pending. For more information, visit the Lucid website or follow @LucidHYDRA on Twitter.
Source: 3DCenter
May 28, 2011 | 02:05 AM - Posted by george bil (not verified)

KFAR NETTER, Israel & SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The pioneer of multi-vendor/multi-GPU graphic solutions, LucidLogix today announced ground-breaking GPU virtualization software designed for Intel Sandy Bridge platforms. With this technology, next generation PCs will dynamically balance the advanced power-efficient, built-in media features of Sandy Bridge processor graphics with the high-end, DirectX 11 3D performance features of discrete GPUs, while significantly reducing the power drain of traditional entertainment desktops.
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May 28, 2011 | 02:06 AM - Posted by sam (not verified)

Lucid Technologies has reinvented multi-core graphics with its HYDRALOGIX real-time distributed processing engine that improves visual computing for both business and gaming applications. A fabless SoC provider, headquartered in Kfar Netter, Israel with sales and marketing in Santa Clara, California, Lucid's innovations are protected by more than 60 patents pending. For more information, visit the Lucid website or follow @LucidHYDRA on Twitter.
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