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Bryan M. Wolfe
| December 13, 2013
ARM Buys Entertainment Lighting Firm Geomerics
Games on iOS devices are likely to look better, and more realistic in the future. ARM has acquired the 3-D gaming specialist Geomerics. The processor design firm will tap the company to create "better and better graphics," according to VentureBeat. Geomerics is the creator of Enlighten, a real-time global illumination technology. This allows 3-D environments to cast shadows across the landscape in a mathematically correct way. The technology is already in use in a number of games including Battlefield 4, Need for Speed Rivals, and Medal of Honor: Warfighter. According to Pete Hutton, EVP and GM Media Processing Division, ARM:
The innovative technologies being developed by Geomerics are already revolutionizing the console gaming experience and are set to rapidly accelerate the transition to photo realistic graphics in mobile. Empowering Geomerics’ portfolio with ARM’s graphics capabilities and market reach will be transformative for the user experiences in future mobile and entertainment devices.Take a look: http://vimeo.com/70540675 Current iOS devices use ARM’s 64-bit technology found in the A7 chip and M7 motion coprocessor. Geomerics will be a subsidiary of ARM and remain independent. See also: Walking Dead: The Game Season 2 Gets Its First Full-Length Trailer, Make Room For The Room 2: The Sequel That Blows The Original Puzzle Game Out Of The Water, and The iPhone 5s Remains The Top Selling Smartphone In The US For A Third Straight Month.