Ray Tracing May Bring New Players To Graphics

Aron Schatz
March 9, 2009

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It seems that the eventual move to ray tracing will be new graphics companies into the fold. Caustic hopes to supply high-end ray tracing graphics cards. How about we get things like OpenCL out in force to promote open GPU programming first.


The company says its software and chips allow graphics chips to carry out ray-tracing calculations at a 20-fold speed-up compared with existing PC hardware. It said it expects to deliver chips by early 2010 that will be about 200 times faster. In a demonstration, Caustic executives manipulated a photo-quality image of a sports car, removing components and changing lighting and background settings to change reflections on the vehicle's surface.

Demos don't impress me unless I can do the manipulation.



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