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Lucidlogix virtualises Sandy Bridge graphics

Virtualising firm LucidLogix announced GPU virtualisation software designed for Sandy Bridge CPUs.

Called Virtu, the 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.

Designed for PCs equipped with Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3/i5/i7 CPUs and Nvidia or AMD GPUs, Virtu software automatically adjusts the performance, thermal and feature allocation based on the requirements of individual applications.

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.”

The firm will be privately demonstrating Lucid Virtu at CES this week.