For those SweClockers members who have been hanging out in the hardware swings for a little while now, names like Future Crew and Bitboy’s may sound familiar, although many have probably not heard of either one or the other. Future Crew was one of the most influential groups on the demo scene in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Some of the group’s members then joined forces and founded Finnish Bitboys in the early 1990s.
Bitboys in turn was a company that developed graphics circuits and intellectual property rights related to graphics circuits. They became almost infamous for the graphics cards Glaze3D, which was unveiled in 1999 and promised everything from support for DirectX 7 and tile based rendering to spatial edge smoothing and a plethora of other currently unusual techniques. However, it all went awry and the graphics cards never found their way to consumers. Bitboys was then acquired by ATI, to later become part of AMD, which then resold them together with Imageon to Qualcomm in 2009.
A couple of years later, a company called Siru Innovations was launched in Finland, which then struggled for a little over eleven years before Intel acquired them this week. Siru has focused on developing energy-efficient graphics circuit solutions, and helped other companies solve problems related to the mobile graphics solutions segment. Sirus’ founder has joined from Bitboys to ATI, AMD and then finally Qualcomm and will now land at Intel.
Exactly what Intel plans to do with Siru is not entirely clear, but according to Balaji Kanigicherlahead of several of Intel’s departments, Siru will be part of the AXG group, which is an abbreviation for Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group. In a official Twitter post Intel writes that Siru will contribute to a number of different projects ranging from gaming till hyperscale and the concept of “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) or “Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems” (ADAS). In other words – virtually all products that are based on a graphics circuit from Intel.
Source: SweClockers by www.sweclockers.com.
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