Intel inside D'Works Ani for 3-D development deal


Intel and DreamWorks Animation have entered into a strategic alliance aimed at developing 3-D technology and techniques.

The deal combines Intel's visual computing tools with DWA's expertise in content creation. Intel technology will be used to evolve DWA's production infrastructure, including its stereoscopic 3-D pipeline. DWA also will act as a test site for developing Intel technology.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The initiative begins immediately and will impact productions beginning with "Monsters vs. Aliens," DWA's first stereoscopic 3-D release, due March 27. The studio has been bullish about the 3-D format, having committed to producing all of its feature films in stereoscopic 3-D beginning next year.

As the first step, Intel will provide its chips for all of DWA's servers and workstations used to create and render animation. These will replace currently installed AMD chips.

DWA also will house a test site for future chip technology, currently called Mehalem, and a developing multicore architecture code-named Larrabee. Intel expects its developing Larrabee technology to be used to offer 3-D on platforms including home theater, personal computers, video games, online environments and mobile devices. (partialdiff)