SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Lucid has announced that its Virtu GPU virtualisation software has been validated to run on Intel's Sandy Bridge chips and AMD's Radeon HD6000 series GPUs.
Lucid's Virtu software allows users with Intel's H67 and Z68 chipsets to use both built-in graphics capabilities of Sandy Bridge processors and the extra power provided by discrete graphics chips. Now the firm has announced that Virtu has been qualified to work with Sandy Bridge systems that have AMD's Radeon HD6000 series video cards.
The idea is that Lucid's Virtu acts almost like a task scheduler between the built-in GPU and discrete graphics chips. If the software believes the task will be better served by the Sandy Bridge integrated graphics chip, then it will leave the discrete GPU alone, which Lucid claims will lower power consumption. Computationally heavy tasks such as games will be sent to the discrete graphics chip.
Offir Remez, co-founder and president of Lucid said that AMD's Radeon HD6000 series provide an "excellent complement" to Intel's own graphics features. Remez added, "Pre-validating vendors' hardware and drivers represent another step towards a robust ultimate, no-compromise entertainment experience."
Lucid's Virtu technology certainly looks interesting, especially for laptops, however the firm did not disclose any system builders that will pre-load its software onto machines.
However if Lucid can show that good management of GPUs can yield better real world performance and power savings, then it's unlikely that system builders will wait too long before loading its software. µ