NVIDIA Unveils the nForce2 Family of Platform Processors
nForce2 Delivers the Fastest System Performance and a Complete Integrated Solution for the Corporate and Consumer PC Markets
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“With the proliferation of high-speed broadband connections, DVDs, digital cameras, and graphics-intensive applications, PCs are faced with the challenge of keeping up,” stated Jen-Hsun Huang, president and CEO at NVIDIA. “But, with its staggering array of innovative and integrated system, memory, graphics, networking, and audio technologies, our second-generation nForce2 Platform Processors provides digital media platforms with a substantial digital boost, driving integration to new heights, while delivering an unparalleled PC experience.”
Designed for PCs and motherboards using AMD Athlon™ XP and Duron™ processors, NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors utilize HyperTransport™, a high-speed data bus, for internal platform communications, and deliver the highest level of PC performance due to special NVIDIA-engineered memory optimizations and other system level innovations traditionally found only at the CPU level.
“NVIDIA is an extremely valuable partner to AMD, and an example of our shared commitment to customer-centric innovation,” said Hector Ruiz, president and CEO of AMD. “The new nForce2 family is a perfect example, providing computer manufacturers with the flexibility to address multiple market segments and price points. For users, the nForce2 product family works with AMD Athlon XP processors to deliver an excellent combination of performance, connectivity and stability.”
About NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors
Performance: Targeted at the system builder, channel and OEM manufacturers who require a discrete platform solution, NVIDIA nForce2 SPP Platform Processors offer blistering platform performance without integrated graphics. The nForce2 SPP Platform Processors feature the industry’s only dual DDR400 memory subsystem, providing more than two times the raw system bandwidth over competitive solutions. NVIDIA has engineered the memory subsystem to take advantage of the increased speed of DDR400 memory modules while reducing overall memory access latency, resulting in the fastest and most stable AMD-based PC environment ever. In addition, the SPP incorporates other system level innovations that speeds up CPU processing and intelligently fetches and caches data and other information before they are needed, substantially boosting overall system performance. For add-in graphics capability, the nForce2 SPP features an AGP 8X expansion slot, the fastest internal graphics connection available today.
“NVIDIA's nForce2 Platform Processors form the foundation for the fastest PCs ever designed,” said Jeans Huang, Senior Vice President of R&D at MSI. “NVIDIA’s unique system level innovations, including onboard, intelligent, look-ahead caches, and dedicated circuits to drive three DIMMS running DDR400 at full speed are light years ahead of other core-logic designs. Quite simply, PCs and motherboards featuring the power of the nForce2 Platform Processors will outpace everything else in the market by a large margin.”
Graphics: In addition to the memory and performance features designed into the nForce2 SPP, the nForce2 IGP also integrates a GeForce™4 MX graphics core—the industry’s fastest integrated graphics solution. With performance nearly four times that of the closest competitor, the nForce2 IGP also delivers unparalleled visual quality through NVIDIA’s Accuview Antialiasing™ Engine; a Video Processing Engine (VPE) for MPEG2 and DVD decoding; a TV encoder; and an HDTV processor for high-definition viewing. The nForce2 IGP also incorporates NVIDIA nView™ technology, marking the first time that support for multi-monitor configurations—including any combination of CRTs, flat panels or TVs—has been integrated directly into the platform core-logic—high-end features normally associated with costly add-in cards. For graphics expandability, the nForce2 IGP Platform Processor also features an AGP 8X expansion slot, the fastest internal graphics connection available today.
“Nothing comes close to the raw performance of the integrated GeForce4 MX graphics core,” said Mr. Simon Ho, Chairman at Chaintech. “The nForce2 IGP with GeForce4 MX graphics outguns every other integrated graphics solution available today, and with the addition of innovative features such as full-scene antialiasing and the ability to drive two independent displays, it’s clear that the nForce2 is in a class all by itself.”
Connectivity: With DualNet™, the industry’s only dual networking architecture to support simultaneous local-area network (LAN) and wide-area network (WAN) connections; support for up to six high-speed USB 2.0 and three FireWire® (IEEE1394a) ports; and the world’s only integrated Audio Processing Unit (APU) and real-time Dolby® Digital encoder, the nForce2 MCP Platform Processors are the heart and soul of the Digital Media Gateway, providing the ultimate in audio, networking and digital connectivity. And, to address the needs of its corporate customers, NVIDIA has integrated a networking controller licensed from a trusted name in Fortune 500 companies—3Com. The addition of the 3Com networking controller ensures corporations and IT departments of software and hardware compatibility with nForce2-based motherboards and PCs, and delivers the reliability and manageability they expect.
NVIDIA SoundStorm™: In addition to unveiling its family of nForce2 Platform Processors, NVIDIA also announced “NVIDIA SoundStorm,” a new audio product aimed at redefining the baseline of PC audio offered as part of an integrated desktop PC platform. PC OEMs and motherboards manufacturers looking to exploit the full functionality of the nForce2 MCP Platform Processor’s integrated Audio Processing Unit, six channel analog audio-out, and S/PDIF-out for true Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, will be qualified to use the NVIDIA SoundStorm logo and brand on various marketing collateral and activities, including product marketing materials, box packaging and advertisements.
The NVIDIA nForce2 Platform Processors are currently sampling to NVIDIA’s extensive list of motherboard and system builder partners, including: Abit, ABS, Alienware, Aopen, ASUSTeK, Atlas Micro, Chaintech, Epox, HyperSonic, Leadtek, MSI, Shuttle Computer, Soltech, Totally Awesome, and Vicious PC. Production of nForce2 Platform Processors is slated for late August. Retail products based on the nForce2 Platform Processors will be available in September.
For more information on NVIDIA nForce2, please visit: http://www.nvidia.com/view.asp?PAGE=nforce2.
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