updated 01:15 pm EDT, Fri May 25, 2007
Nvidia CUDA, '9800' news
Nvidia has told an assembly of analysts that the first release of its CUDA GPGPU (general-purpose GPU) software, designed to aid support of underlying architecture, should finally reach the v1.0 level in the next few weeks. The application is currently only available in beta. CUDA is a proprietary technology that uses hundreds of small-scale processors to more evenly handle graphics; while used in the GeForce 8800, it must coded for specifically, and developer support has lagged behind.
Also revealed at the Nvidia event were minute details about its next video card. It is tentatively being named the GeForce 9800, and it will be the first card from the company to use double-precision floating point calculations. This latter aspect is most likely to be interesting only to professional artists and researchers, but it could result in smoother games as well. [via The Inquirer]