Nvidia Powering Star Wars: The Force Awakens

By Gerald Lynch on at

If there wasn't millions upon millions of dollars involved, there would be something quite sweet about Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang's recent comments regarding the upcoming Star Wars film. Confirming that Lucasfilm has tapped up Nvidia for tech to help make Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Huang said "I'm out-of-my-body excited about this [...] I'll create any technology that helps them make Star Wars faster."

Aw. I bet he's got a Chewbacca lunch box and everything.

Speaking during the keynote at GTC 2015 in San Jose, California, Lutz Latta (Lucasfilm's principal engineer) revealed that The Force Awakens' team of artists and developers work with the Nvidia Quadro M6000 graphics card.

"With the NVIDIA Quadro M6000 GPU, we saw overall gains of 55 per cent in a heavy compute and memory access ray-tracing application using layered shadow maps," said Latta.

"This kind of performance boost gives our artists a necessary edge to realise their creative vision."

So, back to blue-screened blandness for The Force Awakens? Not quite -- director J. J. Abrams has consistently insisted that the film will use a more balanced combination of practical effects work and computer generated visuals than the CGI George Lucas's prequel trilogy relied upon. Those that fear a return of the Jar Jar Binks horror show can rest easy in the knowledge that at least when the film does turn to CGI, it'll have some serious technological grunt behind it to make it look believable. [SlashGear]