Auckland-based graphics tool developer Right Hemisphere has signed an R&D agreement with US graphic card maker Nvidia.
The deal is one of several Right Hemisphere hopes to announce following the Game Developers Conference held in the US this month.
“We really can’t discuss the others just yet,” says Right Hemisphere co-founder Mark Thomas. “Some of our developers go over to work with Nvidia on development of its next generation of cards and we will support Nvidia’s engines in our software.”
The deal means Right Hemisphere joins an elite group of software developers which include Alias Wavefront and Adobe that have pre-release access and input into Nvidia chip design.
“Our developer tools will work with Nvidia’s new nfiniteFX engine so game developers can create textures supported by the Vertex and Pixel Shading capabilities of the engine.”
Right Hemisphere’s deal with Nvidia means it has a toe in the door with Microsoft’s yet-to-be-launched Xbox gaming platform. Nvidia’s architecture has been chosen as the standard for Xbox developers.