NVIDIA Introduces nForce Platform Processing Architecture
nForce IGP and MCP Platform Processors Redefine the PC Market
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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:
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)
nForce Media and Communications Processor (MCP)
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