NVIDIA Unleashes New Detonator FX
Unified Driver Architecture Delivers Increased Performance and Improved Image Quality for all NVIDIA Graphics Products
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SANTA CLARA, CA—MAY 14, 2003—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in visual processing solutions, today released the NVIDIA® Detonator™ FX unified drivers for the Company’s award-winning line of desktop, mobile, and workstation graphics processing units (GPUs). The NVIDIA Detonator FX is based on the Company’s world-renowned Unified Driver Architecture (UDA)—the industry’s only true binary-compatible software architecture. This architecture is built to ensure software compatibility and stability, enabling the industry’s most reliable graphics platform.
The NVIDIA Detonator FX drivers deliver significant performance increases and improved image quality, and provide a robust suite of software applications designed to extend and enhance the visual computing experience. Detonator FX provides up to a 30% increase in 3D graphics performance in real-world gaming benchmarks, and works with the entire line of NVIDIA GPUs— from the brand new GeForce™ FX GPUs, all the way back to the five-year-old TNT™ GPUs.
“NVIDIA’s software advantage is the key driver of customer and developer loyalty,” stated Dan Vivoli, executive vice president of marketing at NVIDIA. “The GeForce FX series of GPUs has set the bar for performance, quality, and features, and with the new Detonator FX we are giving our customers a way to get even more performance and features from their existing graphics cards by simply downloading software from our Web site.”
Along with the increase in rendering performance, Detonator FX delivers improved anisotropic filtering, taking NVIDIA GPUs to new and unmatched levels of image quality. Based on feedback received from industry pundits, NVIDIA’s driver software algorithms deliver crisper, sharper textures, and more vibrant pictures.
“Along with a considerable performance bump in key applications, NVIDIA takes great strides in the image quality department with Detonator FX,” said Kyle Bennett, editor in chief of HardOCP (www.hardocp.com). “In my opinion, the image quality NVIDIA delivers with Detonator FX is second to none.”
Included with the Detonator FX is a complete suite of NVIDIA software applications, including:
Detonator FX offers unmatched support for the OpenGL® and the Microsoft® DirectX® application program interfaces (APIs)—allowing developers to create content that fully leverages the hardware features of NVIDIA GPUs. Detonator FX supports the entire TNT, TNT2, GeForce, GeForce2, GeForce3, GeForce4, and GeForce FX consumer line of GPUs, NVIDIA nForce™ and NVIDIA nForce2 platform processors, as well as the NVIDIA Quadro®, NVIDIA Quadro2, NVIDIA Quadro4, NVIDIA Quadro DCC and NVIDIA Quadro FX solutions geared for professional workstation users. Through UDA, NVIDIA software drivers are compatible with past, present, and future NVIDIA GPUs, and are top-to-bottom compatible with all currently manufactured versions of NVIDIA GPUs.
The NVIDIA Detonator FX drivers are free of charge, and available for download today at http://www.nvidia.com/drivers.
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