FUD Zilla had a talk with Lucid's president and CIO at CES 2009. Last year the company showed off its Hydra Engine at the Intel Developer Forum, this small chip promises to deliver multi-GPU solutions with almost linear scaling. FUD heard at CES that the first motherboards and graphics cards with Lucid technology are expected in the second half of 2009.
This would mean that two GPUs, let's say in SLI or Crossfire, powered by Lucid chip and driver, could score close to 100 percent faster than a single GPU. Let's say that if a single GPU would score 100 FPS in one game, two would score close to 200FPS.
The chips that will find their place in both motherboards and graphics cards will appear on the market in 2H 2009. The prototypes are already finished, but the company didn't want to talk about any specific partners.
Anyone who has a PLX chip that makes two cards run together could be Lucid’s potential customer, and obviously some guys are interested. This leaves a lot of unclear questions to be answered, as we suspect that both ATI and Nvidia might have something against a chip that makes SLI and Crossfire look like child's play, and that this could lead to a driver that will block Lucid’s ability to shine.