US developer Metabyte is to transform its Wicked3D hardware division into a software only operation, the company said yesterday.
The move will see the company discontinue its 3D graphics card and stereoscopic 3D system -- though support for existing customers will be maintained -- and focus on the software behind them.
That's likely to see the company making a bigger deal out of its 3D card connection technology, PGP (Parallel Graphics Processing). As reported by The Register earlier this year, PGP will allow graphics accelerator cards to combine their rendering power, much as 3dfx's Scan Line Interleave (SLI) technology allows two Voodoo 2 cards to operate as a single, double-speed board.
PGP, however, brings the same approach to other vendors' cards. Initially, it will support two cards from the same chipset developer -- two nVidia TNT 2 cards, say -- but eventually Wicked3D hopes to allow cards from different suppliers to be combined, and to support more than two cards.