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Sunday, June 05, 2011
Lucid Brings Virtu Universal Technology To Notebooks, Intel And AMD Desktops


LucidLogix demonstrated for the first time at Computex 2011 its Virtu Universal GPU virtualization software, on notebooks, All-­in-­One (AiO) and desktop PCs based on both Intel and AMD integrated graphics processing units (GPUs).

Virtu Universal is a new product that builds on the capabilities of the recently released LucidLogix Virtu GPU virtualization software for Intel Sandy Bridge H61, H67 and Z68-­based motherboards. In case of Intel chips, Virtu allows automatic graphics switching on desktops powered by Intel's Sandy Bridge processors. Virtu generally assigns tasks either to the CPU-integrated graphics or the available discrete GPU (from either Nvidia or AMD), depending on needs. Gigabyte, Asus, and MSI have already bundled their Z68 motherboards with Lucid's Virtu GPU Virtu switchable graphics software to harness the capabilities of Intel Quick Sync Video for faster video transcoding and the performance of the latest NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards.



The new Virtu Universal is adding support for AMD's new CPUs and it dynamically allocates graphics resources between integrated and discrete GPUs on Intel Second-­generation Core processors and AMD Brazos and Bulldozer platforms, allowing the systems to take full advantage of the processing power provided by both GPUs.

With the new Virtu Universal software, users will no longer have to choose between popular mediaprocessing features like Intel QuickSync video transcoding and DirectX 11 3D gaming performance. Virtu promises simultaneous performance with both.

LucidLogix Virtu Universal also features Virtual Vsync benefiting all gamers from casual to hard-­core who no longer have to compromise between visual quality and performance. Virtual Vsync promises to deliver maximum gaming frame rates and responsiveness, while eliminating distractingand image-­ distorting visual tearing.



According to LucidLogix, the Virtual Vsync breaks past the limits of standard Vsync (60 FPS) to deliver frame rates as much as 120 FPS and beyond with in - game Vsync on, a flawless visual quality without tearing, maximum responsiveness to mouse and keyboard as well as the infrastructure to support for next-­generation platforms.



Virtu Universal is available to system manufacturers using AMD Brazos and Bulldozer, Intel Sandy Bridge Z68/H67/H61, and other Intel integrated graphics, like the G41 platform. To date Virtu technology has been verified with hundreds of games and applications and is bundled with motherboards from leading brands.

The flexible nature of Virtu Universal makes the technology highly likely to be found on a variety of upcoming mobile and desktop PCs this year.


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