NVIDIA Extends NVIDIA nForce® Brand Into AMD-Based Notebook Market
NVIDIA Introduces Industry’s First High-Definition Integrated Graphics Processor for Notebooks
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CEBIT 2006—HANNOVER, GERMANY—March 9, 2006—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA), the worldwide leader in graphics processor technologies, today introduced the Company's first integrated graphics processor (IGP) core-logic solution for notebooks. Comprised of the NVIDIA® GeForce® Go 6100 graphics processing unit (GPU) and the NVIDIA nForce Go 430 media and communications processor (MCP), the new mobile IGP solution is the first with hardware accelerated H.264 high-definition (HD) video playback.
According to Dean McCarron at Mercury Research, the mobile integrated market has grown 77 percent over the last year, from 8.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2004 and 14.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2005. "The addition of this new integrated mobile core-logic solution complements our existing notebook GPUs, giving us top-to-bottom solutions for a wide range of notebook form factors," said Manoj Gujral, general manager of the professional MCP group at NVIDIA. "This will help expand our presence in the growing integrated mobile market."
The new mobile IGP is the first with a high-performance graphics core that:
- Accelerates HD MPEG-2, VC1 and H.264 video playback on a notebook
- Supports Microsoft® DirectX® 9.0 Shader Model 3.0 for realistic 3D effects
- Is designed to work with the new Microsoft Windows Vista™ operating system
The HD playback is made possible by NVIDIA Pure Video™ technology, a hardware acceleration engine that enables smooth playback of HD video with minimal CPU overhead and long playback times while running on battery power. NVIDIA PureVideo technology also brings advanced video features to notebook PCs—including advanced de-interlacing, inverse telecine, and high-quality scaling—enabling consumers to watch high-definition videos and DVDs with the highest level of visual quality and performance.
"We have combined our desktop platform solutions and mobile discrete graphics technologies to create an integrated solution that shatters the stereotype that IGP solutions deliver substandard video and graphics performance," said Bill Henry, director of mobile product management at NVIDIA. "Our new integrated solution brings HD video playback and realistic 3D effects to a wide range of notebook segments, from value notebooks to thin and light multimedia machines."
By offering this highly integrated solution, NVIDIA is now providing OEMs and system builders a foundation for designing notebooks with additional emphasis placed on lowering overall power consumption, extending battery life, and enabling the introduction of mobile platforms in unique, smaller form-factors.
"AMD Turion™ 64 mobile technology is designed to deliver AMD64 performance in thinner and lighter notebooks with long battery life, enhanced security, and compatibility with the latest graphics technologies," said Chris Cloran, vice president, Mobile Division, AMD's Microprocessor Solutions Sector. "NVIDIA demonstrated great ability in developing a chipset solution with outstanding video quality and while achieving battery life goals. This innovation makes AMD Turion 64 and NVIDIA nForce based notebooks an excellent choice for a wide variety of notebook customers."
The first notebooks based on GeForce Go 6100 and NVIDIA nForce Go 430 are now available from European system builders Evesham, Rover, and Wortmann. Other notebook OEMs and system builders worldwide are expected to release retail products based on the NVIDIA GeForce Go 6100 and nForce Go 430 in the coming months.
NVIDIA Corporation is the worldwide leader in programmable graphics processor technologies. The Company creates innovative, industry-changing products for computing, consumer electronics, and mobile devices. NVIDIA is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has offices throughout Asia, Europe, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.nvidia.com.
Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to the features, benefits, capabilities and performance of our first mobile IGP and PureVideo technology, growth of the integrated mobile market, our position in the integrated mobile market, and the availability of notebooks incorporating these technologies are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, delays in ramping new products into production, acceptance of new products and technologies by the market, development of new technologies, continued demand for power reductions, manufacturing or software defects, incompatibility of technologies, loss of performance when products and technologies are integrated, general industry trends including cyclical trends in the semiconductor industry, the impact of competitive products and pricing alternatives, changes in industry standards and interfaces, and other risks detailed from time to time in the NVIDIA reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission including its Form 10-Q for the fiscal year ended October 30, 2005. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. NVIDIA disclaims any obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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