Tuesday, February 19, 2013

AMD: Holodeck technology within a decade or two

General manager of AMD's global business units Lisa Su was quoted as saying that Holodeck technology made famous in Star Trek: The Next Generation is within grasp, not just yet but soon. She was joined by Levar Burton while speaking at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco on Monday morning to bring the point home emphasizing the current use of flip phones, Bluetooth earpieces and of course tablets.

The Register reports:

"So why not a holodeck today? Well, Su said, one obvious roadblock is the high computational requirement for the 360-degree imaging, directional audio, natural user interface, contextual computing, and so on that would be required to create a room that could change itself into, well, into anything,

According to Su, the technology that will enable that processing load is one that AMD has been promoting since at least 2009: heterogenous system architecture (HSA).

As a member of the HSA Foundation along with such worthies as ARM, Imagination, Texas Instruments, LG, Qualcomm, and others, AMD is working towards the day when CPUs, GPUs, and specialized accelerators can share and work with data residing in a shared memory architecture, and be transparently programmed to accomplish the tasks most suitable to them by using such popular languages as C, C++, and Java."

yeah i see where you`re coming from but what`s it going to cost, prohibiting factor maybe? still want one though, would definitely make MMO`s fun

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