Intel is attempting to draw attention away from AMD's Torrenza initiative with a new architecture codenamed Geneseo.
Torrenza, as we reported last week
, is AMD's plan to license its socket and HyperTransport technology. It will see motherboards with dual processor sockets, allowing users to plug an AMD processor into one socket and a co-processor into another, to allow for physics, maths or graphics processing. The two (or more) chips communicate via HyperTransport.
Well, Intel has created a new, open standard which is based on PCI Express. It will allow those designing application specific co-processors to hook directly in to the front side bus and the processor using PCI-E. It is a direct competitor to Torrenza, but Intel believes that it will be more popular, since it is based on the open PCI-E standard.
Those signed up to the initiative include IBM and, interestingly, NVIDIA and AGEIA - will we see GeForce GPUs and PhysX PPUs in processor-like packages, rather than the cards that we have become accustomed to? It seems like this will be the case.
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