IBM Patents Graphics Rendering on a Network On Chip

IBM filed the patent in February 2008 and got the confirmation after an unusually short time frame. The NOC claimed by IBM includes integrated processor (IP) blocks, routers, memory communications controllers, and a network interface controller. The IP blocks in the patent feature at least one geometry processor, a plurality of scan converters, and a multiple pixel processors.

The description of the graphics capability of the NOC is scarce, but IBM is referring to very basic graphics processing capability throughout the document. According to IBM, claims the rights to a: "method comprising: receiving, in the geometry processor, a representation of an object to be rendered; converting, by the geometry processor, the representation of the object to two dimensional primitives; sending, by the geometry processor, the primitives to the plurality of scan converters; converting, by the scan converters, the primitives to fragments, each fragment comprising one or more portions of a pixel; for each fragment: selecting, by the scan converter for the fragment in dependence upon sorting rules, a pixel processor to process the fragment; sending, by the scan converter to the pixel processor, the fragment; and processing, by the pixel processor, the fragment to produce pixels for an image."

Additional claims include software drivers.

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  • killerclick
    I'd like to patent brain upload - a virtual software brain (kind of like a virtual machine but with virtual neurons) hooked up to a converter that translates human brain activity to the virtual format via nano-electrodes.
    Then I'm going to sit and do nothing until someone makes a useful version of my patent and then I'll sue their ass off! Patents rule, yeah!
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  • amk09
    WHAT!!!!! Is this going to do what I think it's going to do? The possibilities are endless!
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  • killerclick
    I'd like to patent brain upload - a virtual software brain (kind of like a virtual machine but with virtual neurons) hooked up to a converter that translates human brain activity to the virtual format via nano-electrodes.
    Then I'm going to sit and do nothing until someone makes a useful version of my patent and then I'll sue their ass off! Patents rule, yeah!
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  • Cazalan
    Wow. AMD/Intel/NVidia and countless other vendors better shut this patent down quick. That loose definition of a NOC pretty much includes every CPU with embedded video.
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