|NVIDIA In The News - 3/15/10 @ 8:11 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email/Browsing|
|Next-Generation ION Remarks|
Last year, NVIDIA's ION redefined the netbook category. ION netbooks delivered for an entire segment of the market that Intel wants to define by what it should not do. NVIDIA believes that a netbook can be a fully functional PC.
At CeBIT 2010, NVIDIA did ION one better and introduced the next-generation ION graphics processor, energizing Intel's Atom processor. NVIDIA has over 30 designs expected by this summer with a range of OEM and Channel partners.
ION now has NVIDIA Optimus technology.
Next-generation ION offers over 10 times the performance of Intel integrated graphics.
With next-generation ION, consumers can experience 1080p HD video on web sites like YouTube HD or from Blu-Ray discs.
NVIDIA ION plays the most popular PC games, such as World of Warcraft and Spore.
To top it off, NVIDIA ION enables the full Windows 7 Home Premium experience.
Consumers want a compact, fully functional PC, and NVIDIA delivers with next-generation ION despite the roadblocks put in their way.
For a new netbook, the choice is simple.
Cool Optimus Demo
NVIDIA made a blog post about a cool Optimus demo. NVIDIA Optimus optimizes the mobile experience by letting the user get the performance of discrete graphics from a notebook while still delivering great battery life. Optimus accomplishes this by automatically and seamlessly selecting the right graphics processor for the job between an NVIDIA discrete GPU or an Intel integrated GPU.
The cool thing is that when the discrete GPU is not in use, the GPU is electrically off and it does not even use a trickle of the battery. This video proves it by ripping the GPU out of a running system - and it keeps running!
WSJ's Mossberg Solution Tries 3D Vision
3D is everywhere and it is just a matter of time before it becomes ubiquitous on anything with a screen. You can have it now and take it on the road with NVIDIA 3D Vision notebooks. Wall Street Journal's Mossberg Solution section recently took the technology for a spin looking at the NVIDIA 3D Vision notebook from Asus and a model that uses different technology from Acer.
NVIDIA 3D Vision is a complete ecosystem of 3D products which supports standards such as Blu-ray 3D and also adds experiences and features which are only available to NVIDIA GeForce GPU owners. 3D Vision allows you to watch Blu-ray 3D movies, play games in 3D, view pictures in 3D (using the Fujifilm Real 3D camera), and even watch YouTube in 3D.
ION For A Great HD Experience
NVIDIA ION GPU with an Atom CPU delivers a premium PC experience. ION is a world-class product that allows users to watch HD video, edit their photos and video, play modern games and accelerate Flash videos. Another way to get HD on an Intel Atom CPU is to add the Broadcom Crystal HD chip. It used to not support Flash, but it "sort of" does now.
It is not without problems however.
Optimus Popular At CeBIT
At CeBIT 2010 there were nearly 20 different Optimus notebooks and netbooks are on display. Asus had a dozen models with Optimus. MSI entered the Optimus picture with their FX 400 and FX 600, both of which feature an NVIDIA GeForce 310M GPU with NVIDIA Optimus technology. Other Optimus models to make the scene at CeBIT include models from Clevo, the Medion Akoya P6622 with GeForce 310M and the recently announced Acer Aspire One 532g with next generation NVIDIA ION on board.
NVIDIA Partner Apps Explained
Here is a handy video that covers seven applications that use NVIDIA CUDA technology to accelerate their applications. It includes a 3D Vision demo from Siemens Medical, and CUDA applications from Kaspersky Lab, Muvee, CyberLink, Agilent, Adobe, and MotionDSP.
Tegra Takes Pad Computers To The Next Level
Tablets PCs or pad computers are an emerging section of the PC market right now. OEMs are scrambling to get their entry to market. NVIDIA is applying the optimized PC concept to pad computers with the Tegra chipset.
NVIDIA helped OEMs redefine netbooks with ION. NVIDIA is in process of helping laptop makers redefine battery/power expectations for notebooks with Optimus. In this spirit, it seems that OEMs that turn to NVIDIA for help for pad computers are making smart moves. Notion Ink seems to be the belle of the ball.
Take a closer look at the Notion Ink tablet on this BSN article with videos.
|NVIDIA News Brief - 11/09/09 @ 10:37 am - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Intel Chip Sets Extend Long History of Mediocrity|
NVIDIA nForce chipsets have traditionally been full of innovative features - even better than Intel's own chipsets. NVIDIA ION has redefined the netbook category although it has been widely reported that NVIDIA will not be making any new chipsets for the Intel platform until their dispute with Intel is resolved. A lot of innovations on the PC platform come from the chipsets.
Just a few weeks after the news hit, we learn that Intel is postponing USB 3.0 implementation until 2011. With no competition in chipsets, it seems Intel has decided that innovation is not needed for USB any time soon.
With no one to push Intel to innovate, PC enthusiasts are left with Intel chipsets and the features and performance they deliver, or lack there of.
Intel Appears to be Overcompensating
I first noticed it when my Acer Aspire Revo showed up from Newegg. As I eagerly opened the brown shipping box I was greeted by a giant Intel sticker. This thing was huge, measuring a full 3 inches across. Then an office mate got new a HP Mini 311.
Guess what? Same giant sticker. Color me paranoid, but in 15 years I have seen exactly two products with these massive Intel logos stickers placed on as an afterthought to the packaging.
Both of them have been in the last month, and both of them were NVIDIA ION-based products. Coincidence? Perhaps Intel would have you believe that their processor is the key ingredient in these PCs.
NVIDIA Technology, Get Some On Your List
ION is hot for the holidays. DigitalTrends calls it out by name.
They name the Lenovo S12, Samsung N510 and HP Mini 311 100R as top picks.
PC World has a list of the 100 Best Products of 2009, which has some NVIDIA goodies:
22. Microsoft Zune HD
32. Alienware M15x
67. Sony PlayStation 3
80. Dell Studio One 19
Consumers who enjoy the GeForce 9400M, will want to check out the GeForce G210M.
GeForce GPUs offer graphics performance that is second to none, and "Graphics Plus" features including:
Come On Feel the Noize
Rudy Sarzo of Quiet Riot and Ozzy fame is a fan of CUDA and had a session at GTC talking about CUDA and audio processing. Rudy's posted the latest installment of "Audio Video Tech Blog" on how he created the music video for "Vicious Circle" on a shoestring budget in 2001 and how contrasts it with today's GPU computing technology.
GPU Computing is the use of the massively parallel architecture of the graphics processing unit (GPU) as a computational engine using high level languages and APIs. It has changed video processing for the better. From the user's perspective, the application just runs faster because it is using the high-performance of the GPU to boost performance.
CUDA Shows DirectCompute The Way
The Taranfx blog has a story about DirectX 11 and touches on CUDA as a precursor for DirectCompute.
NVIDIA has demonstrated their support for DirectCompute by being the first to release support for DirectCompute in their GPUs. They support open standards, plus standards that allow NVIDIA to offer new innovations to customers well in advance of industry standards, such as CUDA C. Their goal is to lead the industry in new amazing directions and create value for their customers.
Fastest. Notebook. Ever.
Remember all the hub-bub that transpired when NVIDIA sent out some benchmarks they ran in house and proclaimed the GeForce GTX 280M SLI-based Alienware M17x notebook was the fastest notebook on the planet? Some sites called them "dodgy." Well, PC Gamer is the latest media outlet to put it to the test.
They gave the system another Editor's Choice award. That makes about 2 dozen, most with quotes that say it is the fastest ever.
HPCwire's Micheal Feldman does a good job for connecting the dots one three announcements from NVIDA:
A modern PC should have two processors: a graphics processor (GPU) and a central processer (CPU). NVIDIA see's the future as co-processing.
Two interviews with NVIDA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang hit this week. First in X-bit Labs:
Then with CHW:
Quadro Makes a Difference
NVIDIA had a pair of Quadro related announcements last week week. NVIDIA announced that Hess Corp., a leading global independent energy company, is using HP Z800 workstations outfitted with NVIDIA Quadro GPUs and NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS technology to investigate reducing IT costs while increasing productivity for geosciences professionals.
NVIDIA and Visualization Sciences Group (VSG), a leader in 3D development solutions for the oil & gas industry, announced today that the newest release of the Open Inventor 3D Graphics Toolkit will employ the NVIDIA CompleX scene-scaling acceleration engine, enabling the visualization and manipulation of huge data sets required for energy exploration.
Open Inventor 8.1 by VSG integrates the CompleX engine, enabling advanced 3D applications to fully scale across the multiple graphics processing units (GPUs) powering NVIDIA Quadro Plex visual computing systems. This technology turns a single workstation into a visual supercomputer, providing engineers and scientists an immersive, ultra-high resolution experience capable of handling extremely large visual scenes, such as those used in seismic interpretation and other oil & gas-related research.
|NVIDIA MB Chipsets - 10/08/09 @ 4:16 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Quite a bit of conflicting information has been circulating in regards to NVIDIA's motherboard products for the AMD and Intel platforms. Branded under nForce and ION, Ken Brown, Platform Products Manager at NVIDIA, passed along the following statement.|
|vReveal Version 1.1 - 9/04/09 @ 4:49 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|MotionDSP has released version 1.1 of vReveal. vReveal offers advanced enhancement technology and "one click" touch-up tools that make it easy to dramatically improve the quality of flawed videos.|
Version 1.1 adds direct upload to Facebook, upload to YouTube in HD and DivX output. New capabilities join a host of powerful enhancement features based on the advanced technology of MotionDSP’s Ikena, unrivaled forensic software used worldwide by law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies.
Available for under $50.00, vReveal is a an amazing solution for consumers who want to organize, enhance the appearance of, and share videos captured from handheld camera devices. Additional features in version 1.1 include:
|NVIDIA News Brief - 6/05/09 @ 7:07 pm - By: MikeC - Source: Email|
|Flash in a Flash|
NVIDIA and Adobe Systems Incorporated announced they are collaborating as part of the Open Screen Project to optimize and enable Adobe Flash Player to leverage GPU video and graphics acceleration on a wide range of mobile Internet devices, including netbooks, tablets, mobile phones and other on-the-go media devices. Adobe Flash Player will be accelerated across the range of NVIDIA processors.
Intel is turning to Broadcom to help them with Flash acceleration. It seems that for Intel to accelerate flash they will require OEMs to purchase a separate chip:
The NVIDIA ION GPU is a world-class product that allows users to watch HD video, edit their photos and video, and play modern games. It is a superior product that pairs very well with Atom. Due to the inadequacy of their own integrated graphics, Intel wants you to add another chip if you want to watch video.
World's Fastest, and Something SmallerAlienware, Dell's premier high-performance PC gaming brand, used three NVIDIA GeForce GPUs to create the world's fastest 17-inch notebook, the M17x. Alienware is using the M17x as a launch vehicle for the global expansion of the Alienware brand.
Under the hood, the Alienware M17x is equipped with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M enthusiast-class GPUs with NVIDIA SLI Technology for blistering fast frame rates in the latest games and a GeForce 9400M GPU to save battery life.
Sound like too much power for you? Then try Dell's new Studio 14z, the latest PC to feature NVIDIA's award-winning GeForce 9400M graphics processor.
The Studio 14z provides 5x the graphics performance of Centrino 2 systems, and offers a great value starting at just $649. It is a great option for students who want a robust multimedia experience (including optional Blu-ray optical drive).
ION Is Good and WideDespite the best efforts of Intel, ION is being widely accepted by PC makers.
And why shouldn't they, it is the best thing at Computex 2009. And it is enabling some very unique PC designs.
The new NVIDIA ION-based PCs and platform solutions are great for high definition video, mainstream gaming, and GPU-accelerated video and photo editing applications that take advantage of NVIDIA CUDA technology.
Tesla is Record-BreakingNVIDIA and Supermicro announced the immediate availability of a new class of server that combines massively parallel NVIDIA Tesla GPUs with multi-core CPUs in a single 1U rack-mount server. This unique configuration delivers 12 times the performance of a traditional quad-core CPU-based 1U server, shattering the 1U Server Performance Record.
For the first time, massively parallel Tesla GPUs and multi-core CPUs are paired together in a single 1U rack-mount server. Having both CPUs and GPUs integrated into the same 1U extends the host system monitoring and management capabilities to include GPUs. It also allows IT managers to deploy and manage a single computing "building block" as is common in larger datacenters.
Tegra Flood ForecastedNVIDIA and industry partners used Computex to unveil 12 new high-definition mobile Internet devices (MIDs) all powered by the NVIDIA Tegra processor.
These include netbooks and tablets that deliver desktop-class Internet browsing with Flash video and animation acceleration, and up to 1080p video playback.
Leading worldwide carriers will be offering Tegra-based Internet devices later this year.
Notebook Drivers are a Big DealAMD/ATI tried unsuccessfully this week to unseat the GeForce GTX 280M as the world's Fastest Notebook GPU and the GeForce GTX 280M in SLI as the world's fastest notebook graphic solution. Page 2 of a review on Anandtech was all about the greatness of NVIDIA's notebook driver updates.
NVIDIA is the only GPU manufacturer that offers quarterly driver updates for our GPUs direct to consumers. Every driver update from NVIDIA will offer new features, improved game and application compatibility, and performance optimizations.
3D Vision is Great, See for Yourself3D Vision is very cool, you have to see it for yourself.
Trying it out just got easier with NVIDIA 3D Vision Discover, a complete stereoscopic 3D solution consisting of custom 3D drivers, 3D media viewers, and optimized anaglyph red/blue glasses that deliver incredible 3D clarity on any desktop LCD. This solution, when paired with an NVIDIA GeForce GPU, immerses you in a world where games, movies, and photos come to life on screen in eye-popping 3D. The advanced NVIDIA software automatically converts over 350 PC games into stereoscopic 3D.
|Mid-Week Roundup - 1/21/09 @ 8:43 am - By: DaveC - Source: Email/Browsing|
|Monday Edition - 1/12/09 @ 7:52 am - By: DaveC - Source:|
|Updgrade Time! - 12/21/08 @ 4:47 pm - By: MikeC - Source: N/A|
|Wahoo, we're taking the plunge and finally switching to Windows Vista exclusively. To celebrate the occasion, we also took the opportunity to perform a few hardware upgrades. In this upgrade we are moving our main test system from NVIDIA's nForce 680i to Intel's X58 chipset.|
Note that the Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD5 has been "NVIDIA SLI-Ready certified" by NVIDIA.
So far the main components have been assembled and the system is setting in our testing rack. Now to add a power supply, CD, graphics card, and hard drive and we'll be ready to install the operating system. Went all out on a hard drive with a Western Digitial 300GB VelociRaptor. Christmas comes early around here!
Further progress reports will be forthcoming.
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