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BREAKING: Imagination Technologies acquires Caustic Graphics

by on December 14, 2010

Caustic Graphics, a company I’ve loved since day 1, has just been acquired by Imagination Technologies for the tiny sum of $27M.  Imagination Technologies makes the PowerVR SGX chips used in the newer Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad) among other things.  When asked about it:

“Ray tracing is a key additional technology that traditionally has been regarded as the exclusive domain of specialized markets and non real-time applications,” said Hossein Yassaie, chief executive of Imagination. “We intend to change that.

Yassaie said the acquisition for $27 million will allow Imagination to create even more advanced graphics technology in the future. Caustic’s patented hardware and software technology allows for more powerful and less expensive ray tracing.

At first glance, I’m not sure if this is good or bad.  Good for Caustic employees probably, but I had always hoped I’ld see a CausticTwo card in my workstation.  Who knows, maybe I will but it’ll be the PowerCaustic card.

via AppleInsider | Apple partner Imagination acquires ‘cinema quality’ graphics chipmaker.