nForce IGP and MCP Platform Processors Redefine the PC Market
NVIDIA Introduces nForce Platform Processing Architecture
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Taiwan, Taipei – June 4, 2001 – NVIDIA® Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) introduced its new nForce™ Platform Processing Architecture today at the COMPUTEX tradeshow in Taiwan. NVIDIA’s nForce is a revolutionary new PC platform design, integrating system, graphics, communications, and audio technologies to deliver unmatched system performance for the mainstream PC market.
“Modern PC’s are being used in ways the original PC was never designed for. 3D graphics, streaming video, complex audio and high speed networking are commonplace today and put tremendous stress on PC system architecture,” stated Jon Peddie, president of Jon Peddie Associates, a leading market research firm. “Unfortunately, today’s PC with its aging form-factors and legacy constraints simply can’t handle these demands efficiently. NVIDIA’s new nForce architecture, has clearly been designed around a series of innovative technologies, providing users with a powerful platform designed for the 21st century.”
To bridge the gap between the expectations of today’s users and the limitations of current and future technologies, and to deliver unmatched system performance, it was necessary for NVIDIA to depart from the traditional “Northbridge/Southbridge” chipset architectures to create an entirely new class of PC platform. The NVIDIA nForce Platform Architecture provides four key benefits to consumers:
The world’s fastest PC platform architecture ever designed
Five to 10 times the graphics performance of any other integrated PC graphics accelerator
AMD’s HyperTransport™ technology, integrated onto both the nForce IGP and nForce MCP, improves overall system level performance by providing up to 6 times the internal bandwidth needed for today’s demanding system requirements
Multiple, high-performance DSP audio engine for ear shattering, real-time 3D audio and, for the first time, real-time encoded Dolby™ Digital 5.1 surround sound. These DSPs will also be used to enable broadband communications in a future generation product
NVIDIA’s nForce is comprised of two platform processors: the nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP) and the nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP). Both the nForce IGP and nForce MCP feature built-in support for AMD®’s HyperTransport™ interconnect technology, delivering the highest continuous throughput between the two platform processors. Additionally, both the IGP and MCP have underlying technologies that, when combined into a single, balanced architecture, substantially increase overall system performance.
“The launch of the nForce platform architecture underscores our position as one of the driving forces in computing and multimedia technology. nForce will enable an unprecedented level of system performance and computing experience for users of every computing budget,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO of NVIDIA. “Our customers are as excited as we are about the unlimited possibilities enabled by this new platform and will forever transform AMD-based systems into the world’s fastest PC architecture.”
Designed to deliver the ultimate multimedia experience, nForce is the architectural foundation for Microsoft’s highly-anticipated Xbox game console. In addition, NVIDIA has secured design wins with the industry’s top PC ODMs, including ASUS, MSI, GIGABYTE, Mitac, and Abit; and expects to announce many other OEM design wins by the winter of 2001.
nForce Integrated Graphics Processor (IGP)
The nForce IGP redefines system and graphics performance. The foundation of the nForce IGP is comprised of TwinBank™, NVIDIA’s revolutionary 128-bit DDR memory architecture that provides the highest memory bandwidth possible, maximizing memory efficiency so users can run multiple applications simultaneously. The addition of a dynamic adaptive speculative pre-processor (DASP™) helps boost CPU and system performance; and the integration of NVIDIA’s award-winning GeForce2™ GPU ensure an uncompromising 3D visual experience.
nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP)
The nForce MCP redefines the audio and communications experience. The integrated Audio Processing Unit (APU) brings unprecedented 3D positional audio and DirectX® 8.0-compatible performance to the PC platform, all the while providing real-time processing of up to 256-simultaneous stereo audio streams, along with a real-time encoded Dolby™ Digital 5.1 cinematic audio experience. Also part of the nForce MCP is StreamThru™, an innovative technology that provides an optimized pipeline to enhance networking and broadband; and the most complete suite of networking and communication devices including Ethernet, home phone-line networking (HomePNA 2.0), USB, and dial-up connections.
The computing industry recognizes NVIDIA as the global leader in advanced graphics processing technology for mainstream platforms, honoring the company with the most graphics awards in the history of the PC industry. The unmatched breadth of the NVIDIA product family enables gripping multimedia experiences for the entire desktop computer market from workstations to internet-enabled appliances. PC OEMs, add-in card manufacturers, system builders, and consumer electronics companies worldwide choose NVIDIA GPUs as the core component of their graphics processing solutions. NVIDIA products are used by large corporations, small- to medium-sized businesses, and home-based consumers. NVIDIA graphics processors deliver superior performance and crisp visual quality for PC-based applications such as manufacturing, science, e-business, entertainment, and education. For more information, please visit the Company's web site at http://www.nvidia.com.
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