AMD plans supercomputer for cloud based gaming

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During a presentation at this year's Consumer Electronics Show, chipmaker AMD unveiled plans to make games and other complex content available through cloud computing, by building a massive supercomputer that would calculate all relevant data on the sever side and then stream the results to virtually any type of device with decent broadband connectivity.

These devices – ranging from cell phones to laptops – would theoretically be able to play games and HD movies without draining much of their battery life or even requiring potent hardware. Dubbed the “AMD Fusion Render Cloud,” the supercomputer will be powered by AMD Phenom II processors, AMD 790 chipsets and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics processors. It is expected to be ready in the second half of 2009 and will be run by a Los Angeles software and special effects company called Otoy.

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