NVIDIA Acquires RayScale Software - Bringing Ray Tracing to the GPU
Subject: Graphics Cards | May 24, 2008 - 05:28 PM | Ryan Shrout
Sitting here at an NVIDIA meeting in San Jose, word just got passed to the world that NVIDIA will be announcing the acquisition of a ray tracing software company called RayScale.
This is an incredibly interesting move and clarifies more of NVIDIA's stance on merging traditional rasterization and ray tracing techniques, as we saw in our interview with David Kirk, NVIDIA's CTO.
We are obviously very early into the news cycle and will be trying to get more information on what NVIDIA plans to do with this new acquisition. I can tell you that you won't see these techniques in games for some time - both the software and hardware need time to mature and be optimized; but it is coming.
The RayScale group purchase is brand new, and in fact the press release for this announcement won't hit until later today or tomorrow at the best.
More Reading on Gaming and Ray Tracing:
- John Carmack on id Tech 6, Ray Tracing, Consoles, Physics and more
- NVIDIA Comments on Ray Tracing and Rasterization Debate
- Ray Tracing and Gaming - One Year Later
- Rendering Games with Raytracing Will Revolutionize Graphics
- Ray Tracing and Gaming - Quake 4: Ray Traced Project
- Intel buys Project Offset, makers of the Offset engine
- Intel demonstrates ray tracing on ultra-mobile PCs
- Playstation 3 Runs Real-time Ray tracing
- His future's so bright ... he's gotta ray trace shade